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KoES’ Bonny Lynn Cruz is CNMI Teacher of the Year

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THE Public School System on Tuesday recognized Koblerville Elementary School teacher Bonny Lynn A. Cruz as the 2020-2021 CNMI State Teacher of the Year.

Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada presented the award to Cruz shortly after the Board of Education’s regular meeting started at the BOE building on Capital Hill.

Cruz teaches Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science and Social and Emotional Learning to 5th graders at KoES.

Cruz, who has been a teacher for six years now, thanked her family and her students for their support.

Ada also recognized the five other finalists: Linda Anastacio, of San Vicente Elementary School; John Darag of Marianas High School; Maria Mettao of Francisco M. Sablan Middle School; Esco Anne Ulloa of Hopwood Middle School; and Sherwin Mendiola of Oleai Elementary School.

“These teachers did not let the Covid-19 pandemic shake the very foundation of their commitment, dedication, innovation and sensitivity to the students as they move forward with remote learning,” Ada said, adding that all the finalists are winners.

 

 

Commissioner of Education Dr. Alfred B. Ada, left, poses with this year’s CNMI Teacher of the Year, Koblerville Elementary School teacher Bonny Lyn Cruz, fifth left,  and the other finalists: Linda Anastacio of San Vicente Elementary School, John Darag of Marianas High School, Maria Mettao of FMS Middle School (represented by school principal Cherlyn Cabrera),  Esco Anne Ulloa of Hopwood Middle School, and Sherwin Mendiola of Oleai Elementary School. Also in photo are Board of Education members Andrew L. Orsini and MaryLou S. Ada. Marianas Variety photo

He also thanked the judges who “enthusiastically went through the process in selecting the Teacher of the Year.”

They are Manny Castro of Northern Marianas College; Amanda Dunn, principal, Saipan Community School; Michelle Atalig, Docomo Pacific; Rep. Edmund Villagomez; and Rose Camacho, CNMI Scholarship Office.

BOE Chairwoman Janice Tenorio thanked Cruz and the five other finalists for working hard to be ready for their students be it in the classroom or online.

BOE private school representative Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero also expressed appreciation to the teachers.

“I have served on the Teacher of the Year Committee before at Mount Carmel School. I know how rigorous and difficult it is. All of you deserve recognition because during this pandemic and through all the financial challenges you have kept above the fray and you just focused on what is important. You truly inspire all of us,” Deleon Guerrero said. 

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