Joseph P. Iaconis
1938 – 2003
Joe Iaconis was born in the North Beach area of San Francisco and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a double major in English and Social Studies. In 1962 he began his teaching career at Luther Burbank Middle School in San Francisco. He joined DoDDS in 1967 at Bad Kreuznach HS and transferred to Kaiserslautern HS in 1968, where he remained until his death. Joe was well known for tailoring a rigorous English program for 9th graders. This program prepared many of his students for the challenges of the working world as well as future academic pursuits. He sponsored co-curricular activities such as the Science Fiction Society, a table tennis team and the National Honor Society. Joe was also deeply involved in furthering educational reforms and protecting teacher rights through his leadership roles in both the Overseas Federation of Teachers (OFT) and the Kaiserslautern Area Education Association (KAEA/OEA).