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ASDOE set to profile 1,000 public school teachers

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Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau says DOE is embarking on a “historical undertaking” profiling some 1,000 public school teachers, and this effort is to be carried out in the next few months.
 
Vaitinasa made the revelation during her remarks over the weekend at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa College of Education cohort program in which some 20 teachers received bachelor and master's degrees in education.
 
She also says the graduates have been notified that all teachers are to see the Teacher Quality Office to “present all your credentials, transcript, [and] everything so that each of you will have a profile” with the office.
 
Additionally, in March of next year, “some 700 teachers of the Department of Education,  that have never taken ‘praxis one’, will be asked to take it,” she explained. “The results of this data, will be used as part of the enormous profiling of every teacher  in the Department of Education.”
 
Further, in the summer of 2014, “every teacher will be engaged in every training — some in service training,” she said and noted that a teacher’s work is continued learning.
 
“Don’t ever think your degree is a termination of learning. Life is learning. Teaching is a job about learning. First the teacher, then the students,” she said and it’s the DOE’s dream that in the very near future the department is able to reclassify the pay scale for all teachers.
 
Vaitinasa congratulated the graduates along with their families, who supported these teachers as they concentrated on earning their degrees. Among those she acknowledged and thanked included the federal government for providing funds for teachers to attain their degrees.
 
She also thanked Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga for pushing to educate teachers, who teach  the future generation.
 
She went on to say that “as a teacher I try to practice some of the methods I learned in college about changing the behavior of children. Perhaps the most positive way to change the behavior of children, is to give praise for good behavior.”  She shared that every time her son does something good, “my son is praised”.
 
Commencement speaker honors went to Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who recalled the graduates’ theme, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul,” which is "such is a powerful theme...”
 
“It radiates a motivational drive, which can inspire us beyond what we think we can fulfill, in order to continue to succeed,” he said and asked the graduates, “Are you really the master of your fate? And are you really the captain of your soul?”
 
Lemanu said he is of the understanding that the intention of the theme, “is to push yourself, to push your inner self, to be assured, that you and only you can fulfill what you want out of life and what you want to be in life, that you are undefeated.”
 
And being presented with their degrees, Lemanu told the graduates, “You have all demonstrated that ‘yes’, you are the master of your fate, and the captain of your soul.”
 
He also informed the graduates that life has many challenges and “regardless of what life gives us, we must remember that ‘I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul’, because in life there is no more noble cause than defining who you are and living your life to the fullest.”
 
And, “knowing that what you have in life, isn’t anyone’s doing but yours and yours alone,” he said and congratulated the students and their families.



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