Osan ES History

Opened: 1979

Osan Elementary School is located on Osan Air Base in the northern part of South Korea. The school opened in temporary quarters November 1979. A permanent school, designed for 350 students in grades Kindergarten through six, was opened in August 1982. The new facility consisted of three pods, each with three classrooms and specialists. The pods, large multipurpose room, nurse’s office, and administrative offices surround a central library/media center. For the 1987-88 school year, kindergarten and several other classes were housed off campus in temporary base facilities. An addition was completed in December 1983 which allowed the school to accommodate 600 students. Another addition opened in 1992 to accommodate approximately 100 students in grades seven and eight.

For the 1982-83 school year there were 270 students with nine classroom teachers and one English as a second language teacher. A principal and two local nationals made up the administrative team. Special services were provided by the school specialists based in Seoul. By the 1989-90 school year there were 600 students in grades K–6. The school now had a full complement of specialists including art, music, physical education, and host nation. Additional services were provided by learning specialists, librarian, nurse, speech therapist, and ESL.

The student body remained around 600 for the early nineties and when the high school opened in 1995, the school returned to a kindergarten through six school.

According to the official school website, the school is a state-of-the-art, 21st Century building that is 131,181 square feet. The school now has grades Pre-K through fifth grade. The facility has six neighbor hoods with grades kindergarten through fourth grade containing six Learning Studios that surround a Learning Hub. The fifth grade has four Learning Hubs.

The administrators for Seoul American Elementary School were:

  1. Ms. Delores Scholl – 1959 to 1961?
  2. Mr. Bill Logan – 1961? To 1965
  3. Mr. Ed Adams – 1965 to 1973?
  4. Mr. Tom O’Connor – 1973? To 1983
  5. Ms. Betty Noone – 1983 to 1991
  6. Mr. John Blom – 1991 to 1999
  7. Ms. Venita Swenty – 1999 to 2002
  8. Ms. Nancy Meek – Jan 2003 to June 2003 (Acting Principal)
  9. Ms. Donna Kamarski – 2003 to 2008
  10. Ms. Missy Klopher – 2008 to 2010
  11. Ms. Cathy Yurica – 2010 to 2015
  12. Ms. Suzanne Landrum – 2015 to 2016
  13. Ms. Tiffaeny Weddle – 2016 to 2019

The administration for the 2021-22 school year is Ms. Hannah Choi, principal, and Dr. LaRhonda Ware, assistant principal. The school currently has 516 students enrolled in Sure Start through fifth grade. The school colors are black and blue, and the mascot is the Mustang.


Information from John Blom and DoDDS School Information Guides

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