Guam – The Guam Department of Education (“GDOE”) is pleased to announce the five (5) semi-finalists for the 2013 Public School Teacher of the Year. They are (in alphabetical order):
* Gretchen Quilit Andres – Simon A. Sanchez High School
* Mary Anne Angeles – Oceanview Middle School
* Melanie M. Blas – Simon A. Sanchez High School
* Acie Jo Sablan Cruz – Simon A. Sanchez High School
* Ranier Tanalgo – Oceanview Middle School
These individuals advance from the first round to the interview phase in which the five remaining will be asked specific questions by the selection panel. Based on their responses, three finalists will be chosen for the final selection phase which includes an onsite classroom observation.
The individual finalist that garners the most accumulated points from all three rounds will be declared the 2013 Public School Teacher of the Year on May 22.
During his State of Public Education Address, Superintendent Jon Fernandez made it clear that “Above all, teachers matter.” Fernandez further stated that “we have excellent teachers in GDOE and it is important that the hard work they put into helping our students succeed is acknowledged.”