Sen. Yamashita Declares Support for Fernandez’s Leadership at DOE

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Guam – Senator Aline Yamashita has issued a statement in support of DOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez.

In her release, the Senator applauds what she calls Fernandez’s “student-driven and community-based,” approach and that his priority on strengthening communication resonates: with her “Families First! Office.

She is quoted as saying “The Office of Families First! is enthusiastic and very hopeful of the good things to come for all students with the leadership of Superintendent Jon Fernandez as he leads our public school system in preparing all students for life, promoting excellence, and providing support.”

READ Senator Yamashita’s release in FULL below:

Sen. Yamashita supports DOE Superintendent’s leadership of DOE

As FY 2013 budget hearings roll on, Senator Yamashita welcomes the leadership of the new Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez.

“In the two legislative hearings, thus far, it is clear that Superintendent Fernandez is student-driven and community-based,” Sen. Yamashita says. “Walking the school campuses and listening to the people as a first step is indicative of his priority being the school communities.”

Senator Yamashita states that Superintendent Fernandez’s priority of strengthening communication – internally and externally – resonates very well with the Families First! Office- Sen. Yamashita’s office.

“Many of our issues are about people not feeling a sense of belonging,” says Sen. Yamashita. “This basic need – once addressed – will have us moving on to actually improving learning opportunities for all students.”

During Monday’s budget hearing as Superintendent Fernandez took command of the dialogue, he was comfortable, in having team members respond to a wide range of raised issues.  The confidence and trust was reassuring and very welcomed, Senator Yamashita explained.

Additionally, the superintendent’s effort to build community support and ownership of our school communities – “Team Up to Clean Up” –  is organized for Saturday, 18 August 2012.  Community engagement for our facilities is critical as it is for our curricular issues.

Sen. Yamashita states that “The Office of Families First! is enthusiastic and very hopeful of the good things to come for all students with the leadership of Superintendent Jon Fernandez as he leads our public school system in preparing all students for life, promoting excellence, and providing support.”

Sen. Yamashita looks forward to a collaborative effort among the DOE leadership, the Calvo-Tenorio Administration and the 31st Guam Legislature to move things forward for the sake of our students, families and Guam.