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Fernandez calls DOE superintendent role "best job in the world"

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - He says it's the best job in the world - as head of the Department of Education, superintendent Jon Fernandez says every day is an opportunity to improve the island. But how?

In his address themed "Keeping Promises To Place Students First" Fernandez takes time to note what has been done.

From north to south, he's visited schools, listened to students and staff, and is transforming the state of public education evident in the successes while under his leadership.

These include renovations to the southern high school fine arts auditorium and gym.

Equipping teachers with laptops as well as funds to purchase school supplies.

And supporting a controversial double-session at George Washington High School in order to construct new classrooms for stem curriculum.

This is on top of smartboards, Internet access and laptops for student use at schools throughout the island.

But his work is only beginning. Now that a foundation for public education has been established, doe can now facilitate community support noting that at DOE's first fun run, they sold out and raised over 8-thsouand dollars.

This in addition to continuing to work diligently with the governor, the legislature, the Guam Economic Development Authority and other partners to make solutions happen, including the $23 million expansion to Okkodo High School in line with the growing population up north.

Taking it even further, Fernandez admits he needs parents and stakeholders to be more engaged which they can now do so thanks to powerschool – DOE's online student management system where parents can access children's programs and view teacher comments.

But how to keep the positive momentum?

Transparency, accessibility, accountability and continued service to DOE's biggest customer - the students.

Speaking of students, Fernandez acknowledges that although Guam student scores are improving - there's a long way to go but thanks to tools like the common core state standards and smart goals to help monitor student progress, he believes - we'll get there.

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