Guam – The University of Guam has appointed of Dr. John S. Sanchez as Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Sanchez joined the University in 2002 and has served as Professor and as Interim Dean of the School of Education since August 2013.
“We welcome Dr. John Sanchez as the new Dean of the School of Education,” said UOG President Dr. Robert Underwood. “He has a strong history of collaboration on research and service at UOG and a career in education that spans nearly 30 years. As we implement the Good to Great University, the School of Education needs a leader who can envision the future, but understands the current challenges. Dr. Sanchez is that leader.”
“The School of Education plays a key role in the development and future of Guam,” said Sanchez. “The educators we graduate need to be not only experts in the content they teach, but must also have the skills to develop that knowledge in the K-12 students. We need to ensure our teachers can fully develop the potential in every child.”
The major mission of the School of Education is the provision of pre-service teacher education to meet the multicultural educational demands of the island’s educational system as well as providing for the region as a whole. The School of Education offers six bachelor’s programs and seven master’s programs, leading to careers in teaching, counseling, language and literacy, school leadership, and many other fields. Currently, the school serves over 550 students in undergraduate and master’s programs.
For more information about the School of Education, call 735-2444.
Dr. Sanchez Bio
Dr. Sanchez has been an educator his entire professional career of 29 years. After completing his degree in Secondary Education with certifications in Science and Social Studies from the University of Guam, his first position was as a Science teacher at Simon Sanchez High School. After six years, John earned his Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from UOG and was a SSHS Counselor for four additional years. He transferred to George Washington High School for four years where he worked as a Counselor and Assistant Principal for Curriculum. Dr. Sanchez was a student class advisor for many years as well as the main advisor for Future Educators of America at both SSHS and GWHS. He was active in writing the GDOE content standards for Science, organized island science fairs and was a regular member of school standardized testing coordination teams.
After GDOE, he attended Washington State University where he earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. During his time in Pullman, he worked as a Teaching Assistant teaching Educational Foundation courses. His dissertation was a local study of John Holland’s Vocational Types focusing on career interests on high school students.
Dr. Sanchez accepted a position as a faculty member at the University of Guam in 2002. He taught Educational Foundations courses. He initiated and developed the Masters of Arts in Teaching program. He has written and managed over $2 million in grants and contracts. He was worked on numerous accreditation committees and has been elected to various faculty governance positions. His two areas of research have been in technology use in classrooms and teacher certification. He has published regionally and presented nationally in these areas. He was the administrator for the Yamashita Educator Corps Scholarship program. He has also served as an appointed member to the Guam Commission for Educator Certification.