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Tafuna High School teacher accepted into Leadership Cohort program

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Source: media release

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tafuna High School teacher Marcella Fitisone have been accepted into the 2020-2021 Cohort of the Executive Leadership Development Program, according to a June 29th acceptance letter from Jason D. Aubuchon, senior program manager, of the Pacific & US Virgins Islands Training Initiatives, who wrote on behalf of the members of the ELDP Admissions Committee, the Graduate School USA, and our partners at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs.

“You will be joining an extraordinary group of Pacific Islanders with diverse professional backgrounds, exceptional personal qualities, and an enduring commitment to public service,” Aubuchon wrote to Fitisone. “You will experience “island-style” leadership, with tailored messages from today’s Pacific leaders.”

“Our team of ELDP instructors will challenge you to grow both professionally and personally; they will help you understand your own leadership strengths as you discover and embrace the passions that will make your heart sing,” Aubuchon explains. “Our goal is to inspire you to become a more confident public servant, a better critical thinker, and a compassionate leader committed to improving island communities.”

Fitisone was advised that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the first residential session has been moved to the week of Nov. 2-7. “We will be engaging you in a variety of ways between now and November to prepare you for Session One and to build your ELDP team – Cohort #7,” the letter concluded.

In response to Fitisone being accepted to the ELDP CoHort, THS Principal Tutuila Togilau said yesterday, that this is another blessing for the school’s teachers especially Samoan educators. “We rarely get these opportunities especially for our Samoan educators and we want to encourage others that they can too, receive these blessings,” she said.