Dr. W. Edward Tyner


Dr. Tyner is the Associate Director, Office of Military Family Readiness Policy and Acting Direct of the Office of Special Needs. Immediately before accepting this position, he served as Administrator, Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP) in the Director’s Office, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) in Europe. Part of his duties there included conducting Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) educational screenings for families going to OCONUS locations where there is not a DoD school. During his tenure, the operations of the program were significantly streamlined with improved customer service.

Before transitioning to Europe, Dr. Tyner served as the Chief of Professional Development for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of professional development activities for the school system and also provided oversight for the administrator and teacher recognition programs. Prior to that, he served as the Administrator for DoDEA’s Special Education Initiative (SEI) for two years. This work included developing face-to-face training as well as electronic learning opportunities for administrators, educators (general and special), parents and other related service providers. Many of the training opportunities developed are still being used in some format today.

Dr. Tyner began his career in education as a consulting/resource teacher in Tennessee and has served as a teacher, educational diagnostician, school-level administrator and in multiple above school-level management positions both in and outside the Department of Defense. While serving as the Special Education Coordinator for DoDDS Panama and then later for DoDDS Europe, he coordinated the overseas educational screenings for the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) between the military departments and DoDEA. He also served as the Deputy to the Chief of the Education Division and later as Acting Chief for DoDDS-Europe overseeing approximately twenty (20) educational programs.

Dr. Tyner received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (Tennessee); his master’s degree in Diagnostic/Prescriptive Education from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga (Tennessee); and his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lee University (Cleveland, Tennessee). He has received numerous honors and awards through the years including Who’s Who in American Education and was recently listed in the 2008 Cambridge Who’s Who recognition program.


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