Martina Diaz has been named Tinian Junior & Senior High School’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.
A graduate of Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in English, Diaz teaches 9th grade English, world literature, British literature, and Honors English on Tinian.
“This year will be Ms. Diaz’s fourth year teaching. She will be a teacher mentor this school year in addition to the many roles she obtains,” said TJSHS principal Jennifer San Nicolas.
Diaz also serves as the Language Arts department chair and is a member of the Professional Learning Community. She is the accreditation chair, the Parent Literacy (Partners in Print) coordinator, the senior class adviser, as well the co-adviser for other student clubs and organizations at the Tinian Junior and Senior High School.
According to San Nicolas, Diaz continues to further her education. “She continues to improve the effectiveness of her teaching by participating in professional developments and taking a course with the Instructional Technology cohort,” San Nicolas said. “She builds positive relationships with her students and challenges them in the classroom.”
“Ms. Diaz is hardworking and has high hopes for all of us,” a Tinian student said. “The Stallion team is definitely proud of our Teacher of the Year!”
Meantime, Brigette Alo, who became part of the Stallion school community in 2008, was named the TJSHS Teacher Aide of the Year.
Alo shared that she loves helping teachers and working with children and loves her students as one of her own.
She is currently taking online courses with the University of Phoenix to pursue an associate degree in Education for grades K-12.
Alo assists teachers in preparing daily lessons and assignments for her students.
“She has put on many hats during her five years at TJSHS,” said San Nicolas. “We are glad to have Mrs. Brigette Alo on our team and would like to continue our journey with her here at Tinian Jr./Sr. High School. Mrs. Alo truly has the passion to teach and loves working with kids.”
Alo has served as the 9th grade class adviser, YAP (Youth Advisory Panel) co-adviser, and is currently the co-adviser for Tinian’s MY WAVE Club.
“Mrs. Alo is nice and very kind. She is very helpful. She helps anyone who needs help and has also helped me,” one of her students said.
The Instructor of the Year honors went to 1st Sgt. Jose King.
King joined the Tinian Stallion family three years ago after retiring from the U.S. Army. He initially worked under the Troops to Teacher Program as a teacher aide for the Chamorro/Carolinian Language Heritage Studies. After his first year as a teacher aide, he moved on to become the Leadership Corps instructor. King is currently the Army instructor for TJSHS’s JROTC program.
King said he enjoys teaching and sharing the knowledge and experiences he has had with his students.
“He has held numerous duty positions which includes being a team leader, a squad leader, a platoon sergeant, a drill sergeant, and many more,” San Nicolas shared.
King is not only dedicated to the JROTC program but is also involved in the school’s National Honor Society and Health & Wellness Program.
“1st Sgt. King is really cool. My friends and I enjoy going to his class. He shares and teaches us what we really need to know to survive in the real world,” one student said.
“We are fortunate to have such a compassionate and supportive Army instructor with whom the children feel safe and comfortable with,” San Nicolas said. “He is truly an asset and an exceptional leader in our community.”