Whispering Palms School has named William Robert “Rob” Epley as new principal. Epley has been a classroom teacher for 20 years and has taught the last two years at the Navy Hill school.
He will continue to work in the classroom while providing leadership for the small private school. After graduating from San Diego State University in 1992, Epley began his teaching career at Merizo Elementary School in Guam.
Seven years later, he returned to his hometown of Hungtington Beach, California to continue his education. While teaching sixth grade at Olive Elementary School in Orange, California and earned his Master's Degree in Education and received a Leadership scholarship from National University. For the past seven years he has taught on Saipan.
Whispering Palms School has experienced classroom teachers who will work with students in grade first through eight. Also returning to Whispering Palms this year is Rob's brother Mark, Jenny Slack, and Jennifer Welton.
Mark Epley taught at Garapan Elementary School in the 1990s and has 20 years of teaching experience.
Mark taught at Springbank School in New Zealand before returning to Saipan two years ago.
Slack has her Master's Degree from the state of Colorado, and has been teaching on Saipan since 2006. National Team tennis coach Jeff Race will teach the Physical Education classes, and Maria Ornes, the former PSS “Teacher of the Year” will be teaching hands-on Science classes for all grade levels.
In its 25th year of operation, Whispering Palms offers low student-to-teacher ratio and combined grade level classrooms to provide quality instruction.
Whispering Palms focuses on academic achievement while encouraging the development of character and community service.
The school has only a few openings remaining for this school year. Robert Epley states that “The entire staff at Whispering Palms School are committed to providing a creative and challenging educational experience in a supportive and enriching environment for all of our students and are looking forward to the upcoming school year starting on the eighth of August.” (PR)