Award Year: 2022

Shirley Lanham Elementary School

PSC 477 Box 38
FPO Japan, DD, 96306-0005

(011) 814-6763 X3664

Mr. Jesus Calderon, Principal at time of Nomination

Japan Superintendent Office

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Our school aligns with DoDEA's mission and vision statements, but we have our own purpose statement. DoDEA's Mission statement is "Educate, Engage, and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world." DoDEA's vision statement is "Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere." Our school's purpose is "We prepare, inspire, and empower military-connected students to succeed in the 21st century."

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 27%
  • Hispanic: 20%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 17%
  • Two or more races: 28%
Celebrating the Month of the Military child

Celebrating the Month of the Military child

Located in the heart of the Kanto Plains, with 270 students, Shirley Lanham Elementary is a Department of Education Agency (DoDEA) school positioned in the center of Naval Air Station Atsugi near Tokyo, Japan. Shirley Lanham's staff strongly believes in developing academic success through student empowerment, critical thinking, and advocacy for self and others. None of this would be possible without a strong community of collaborative educators with a growth mindset, willing to share each other's expertise, open to support and additional learning opportunities.

Data drives explicit instruction of skills and standards. However, our students needed experts on best practices to fulfill their academic and social-emotional needs during the pandemic. We centered our focused collaboration on strengthening each other's academic expertise as educators and being there for one another and our students as mentors and friends during our most challenging times. Our family and community partners played a critical role by providing our school with additional support, assistance, and information, which allowed us to operate physically. Thanks to them, we kept our door open without a single Covid outbreak during the 2021-2022 school year.Success meant taking care of each other, so we could successfully continue to take care of our students.

We are a family of scholars willing to support, teach, and learn from one another. In this family, we continue to grow together.