2020 Census of Guam welcomes new ambassadors for schools

From left, Terrina Long, the 2020 Census Advisor to Guam; Ann Marie Trusso and Judy Naz, local educators and new Statistics in Schools ambassadors; and Bernadine Gines, manager of the Guam Census Office; are pictured Dec. 23 at the Guam Census Office in Tamuning. (Photo courtesy of the Guam Census Office.)

The 2020 Census of Guam has announced two new partners in its outreach effort to Guam’s schools.

Judy Naz, a math teacher at Okkodo High School in Dededo, and Ann Marie Trusso, a third-grade teacher at P.C. Lujan Elementary School in Barrigada, have been named ambassadors for the Statistics in Schools program in Guam.

Statistics in Schools provides free activities to educate students about the value and everyday uses of U.S. Census Bureau data, including the data collected during the 2020 Census of Guam.

SIS ambassadors will champion the program in their classrooms, schools, and communities, and in doing so promote a complete 2020 Census count for Guam.

Both Naz and Trusso already have had experience with the program.

“There was a STEM conference or STEM training for teachers around School Year 2012-2013,” Naz said, during which a math professor with the University of Guam brought up the Statistics in Schools program. She later had her algebra students work with the program’s materials.

The Okkodo High math teacher, who has taught at the school since its opening in 2008, was recently honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in Washington, D.C.

“I came back from the recognition ceremony in October, and then the teachers got the email on becoming an SIS ambassador, so I thought, ‘Might as well – let’s see where this is gonna go.’ ”

Trusso, who has been an educator since 2001, said she had the opportunity to shape some of the actual teaching materials being utilized in Statistics in Schools.

“I was involved in making a few of the worksheets,” she said. Her involvement included creating her own worksheets as well as reviewing the work of her fellow educators.

That early experience was one of the reasons she later decided to apply to join the Statistics in Schools program. Trusso said she has already begun using those worksheets during lessons with her students.

“It was just fun to see it in action,” she said, adding that she also has presented the lessons to other teachers and school faculty.

Both Naz and Trusso said they’re excited to help officially kick off Statistics in Schools on Guam early next year.

“I’m looking at getting more educators excited about it and getting them involved in it,” Trusso said.

Naz said she’s looking forward to stoking students’ interest in the mathematical applications of census data.

“I just hope that more students, from doing these activities with their teachers – including us – that they see statistics as something to study after high school. And just being more informed and aware of how to interpret data.”

The Guam Census Office is excited to work with both educators to promote the upcoming 2020 Census of Guam in schools islandwide.

To learn more about Statistics in Schools in Guam, visit https://census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/2020census/2020-resources/island-areas/guam.html.