Flores excited to be new Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Superintendent of Catholic Schools Juan Flores said the system's 14 schools have been working with the Governor's Physicians Advisory Group on different options to accommodate students while also keeping their health and safety in mind.

Dr. Juan Flores, a former Guam Public School System administrator, is looking forward to his new role as Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

Flores began his tenure as superintendent last week after replacing Richard Alvia who stepped down at the end of May to complete his doctoral studies stateside in Catholic Educational Leadership.

“I had my first meeting with the Catholic school leaders and there’s no lack of energy and dedication among that group of people. So I’m pretty excited,” Flores said during the Phill Leon Guerrero show ar NewsTalk K57.

“It’s a little different from my GDOE stint but just as important. There’s also a greater sense of spiritual mission and that’s important to me,” he added.

Flores has been in the field of education as a teacher, school administrator, and head of the Guam Public School System. His experiences also include teaching and administrative positions at the college level on the U.S. mainland and at Guam Community College.

As a teacher, Flores focused on science and math classes – physics, chemistry, biology, and algebra. As an administrator, he was involved in curriculum and assessment, college counseling, and teacher evaluation.

Flores’ elementary, junior high, and high school experiences were in archdiocesan Catholic schools — the former Cathedral Grade School, Bishop Baumgartner Junior High, and Father Duenas Memorial School. He graduated from FD only weeks after Supertyphoon Pamela hit Guam in 1976.

Flores earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He earned his Master’s in Education through the University of Portland Program on Guam. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.