Guam- Mary Anne Angeles has been selected as the 2013 Guam Public School Teacher of the Year.
The Oceanview Middle School teacher beat out 10 nominees for the prestigious award. She and two other finalists were evaluated by a panel of judges and observed in their classrooms.
A ceremony was held late this afternoon [Wednesday] at Government House for Angeles and the rest of the nominees. Angeles has been teaching math for over 15 years to middle and high school students.
[2013 Teacher of the Year Finalists Melanie Blas (SSHS), Acie Jo Cruz (SSHS), and winner Mary Anne Angeles (OMS)]
Department of Education (DOE) Superintendent Jon Fernandez says they decided it was time to revive the Teacher of the Year Program, which was last done in 2009.
“I think our judges were very impressed with the way she engaged her students and really conducted herself,” said Fernandez. “But I want to say the competition was very stiff. We had a lot of teachers who had very strong records and very good examples of their work in their schools. So we’re just very excited to recognize all of them, but most important, Mary Ann Angeles and congratulations to her for Teacher of the Year!”
Melanie Blas and Acie Jo Cruz from Simon Sanchez High School were the other two finalists that were also recognized during the ceremony.
Read the DOE Release Below:
OCEANVIEW TEACHER, ANGELES NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Guam- Mary Anne Angeles from Oceanview Middle School, has been named the 2013 Guam Public School Teacher of the Year during a ceremony this afternoon held at the Government House in Agana Heights. “I am pleased to announce that Mary Anne Angeles has been named this years’ Teacher of
the Year,” said Superintendent Jon Fernandez. “She emerged from a field of incredibly talented and highly qualified colleagues.”
Angeles has been teaching math for 15 years in both the high school and middle school levels. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Guam (“UOG”), as well as multiple certificates for trainings and appreciation. She has also been instrumental in presenting the Johns Hopkins Talent Development trainings at OMS, instructing the Gateway to Technology classes, and PRAXIS instructor at UOG.
The other two finalists, Melanie Blas and Acie Jo Cruz, were also recognized during the ceremony. Blas has been teaching math and science for 18 years. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Berkley in Molecular and Cell Biology she earned her Master of Education Degree from UOG. As a teacher on Guam, she has coordinated student volunteer projects with many organizations and government agencies. She has been instrumental
in getting students involved in environmental activities, as well as being a recognized conference presenter.
Ms. Cruz has been teaching English for the last 11 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from UOG and Master of Education Degree from University of Portland. She has also served as a high school administrator and has been very active in the International Reading Association of Guam where she has been a presenter and board member, in addition to winning awards for Top Teacher in the Read-a-Thon multiple years.
“I am really proud of all of the applicants in this year’s selection,” said Fernandez. “I want to thank the committee and judges for getting this program up and running again. It is my intention to continue this program and help facilitate its’ growth.”