Be the change you want to see in this world

"Winning starts in the mind. Whatever the mind can conceive, it will achieve."
-Joaquin Nangauta Naputi

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Enjoy this special holiday with your loved ones, and be sure to thank those who have touched your life and made a difference. May God bestow upon you abundant blessings on this day and always.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

REMINDER - UOG-SOE New Year's Eve Bash!


Pictured above is the 31st Guam Legislative Resolution given on October 27, 2011 for my role as an ESL teacher, particularly regarding the achievement and success of LBJ Elementary School and its SAT10 performance. Although I'm not an ESL Teacher/Coordinator at LBJ anymore, as I've transferred to Marcial A. Sablan Elementary (MASE) School to serve the same role, I served the LBJ children for 15 years. I will always cherish the years I've spent there, and likewise this same sentiment will follow at MASE.

We must also remember that we can't work alone to empower our students. The achievement and success of our children are the result of collaborative efforts from all stakeholders! KUDOS TO ALL WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day to all who have served our nation to protect the freedom that we have today. Thank you for your bravery, courage, and dedication. We hand salute you, and may God bless you always.

Pacific Educator Fall 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011

The 24th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference Chairs smile for the camera!
Pictured L-R: Lucy Lauron, Chair; Dr. Catherine Stoicovy, Chair; Mye Flores, MLI; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Chair; and Debbie Respicio, Administrative Coordinator.

Pictured above is the certificate I received for participating as one of the LAC Chairs of the 24th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference.

Friday, November 04, 2011


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Guam Marriott Resort and Spa

Sponsored by:

University of Guam

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
School of Education
International Reading Association, Guam Council
Guam Marriott Resort and Spa
Welcome to the 24th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference (LAC) website! The LAC is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and enrichment in literacy.
Pictured above: Dr. Margaruite Smith works closely with students.
Featured Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Margaruite Smith, McGraw Hill
Dr. Smith's speech will focus on content areas and the common core curriculum standards.
Dr. Smith is Director of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Hawaii and Pacific Sales and Service for McGraw-Hill Education. In that capacity, she is responsible for textbook and online learning sales and all aspects of teacher training and Professional Development services for McGraw-Hill School Education educational materials, including SRA, Macmilan, Glencoe and Wright Group products to the Department of Defense Schools and to Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, and Hawaii.
She has degrees from Texas Tech University, Texas Southern University, and the University of Denver in education and in educational administration. She has taught in every grade level 1-12, and has been an elementary administrator. She has teacher certification in reading, English as a Second Language, as well as general studies K-12.
Featured Guest Speaker:
Troy McVey, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Guam

Download the registration form by clicking on the link above. If you are interested in presenting or attending, it is important that you return the forms with your check/payment immediately. We have a limit of 300 participants. Last year, many were turned away because we reached capacity before the registration deadline. Don't let this weekend go without signing up. We look forward to seeing you there!
You can also earn two (2) ED894 graduate credits/CEUs. You must register for the conference before you register for the graduate credits at the Professional International Programs, 2nd floor, MARC/Computer Center/PIP Building, Room #217. For more information, call 735-2601 or fax 734-1233. You can also e-mail the Instructor, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, at or call 735-2440.

Contact LAC Committee Chairpersons:

Dr. Clarisa Quan:

Dr. Catherine Stoicovy:

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera:

Dr. Sharleen Santos-Bamba:

Dr. Hyun Jong Hahm:

Administrative Coordinator:

Debbie Respicio: