A former dean of the Northern Marianas College is seeking a position at the State Board of Education to continue ongoing improvements in the school system-both on its students and personnel.
Janice Tenorio filed her petition for candidacy at the Commonwealth Election Commission yesterday with strong support from her family and supporters.
She is vying for one of two available board seats for Saipan in the upcoming mid-term elections set for Nov. 6.
Tenorio is the current administrator/planner of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce. A government retiree, she used to work at NMC as its dean of students services, director of student support, and director of the college admission and records.
At present, she is the president of William S. Reyes Elementary School parents-teachers-student-association and the vice president of the PSS State Parents Advisory Panel.
With her professional and educational backgrounds, Tenorio believes that she can bring something to the board table that will further enhance the progress of the public schools.
Tenorio has a master's degree in educational leadership which she obtained from San Diego University and received a bachelors degree in applied science from Boise State University.
When asked about her motivation to run for a BOE seat, Tenorio said she wanted to assist in the ongoing improvements at PSS-on the system's priorities and strategic plans, safety and orderly mission for schools, effective and efficiency operation, maintaining highly qualified personnel, and greater collaboration and partnership with private sector and parents.
She promised to bring “experience, responsibility, and leadership”-qualities that a determined leader should possess.
In acknowledging that PSS at present has a very good operation and effective curriculum, Tenorio believes that it needs to be embraced to make it stronger.
For the aspiring board member, preparing students to their future should start at an early age. Based on her experiences that mostly deal with the post-secondary education, Tenorio is convinced that students as young as elementary should be exposed to the different types of careers and disciplines that would help them think about their future.
Once elected, she targets to start career introduction to elementary students.