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Culturally Responsive Teaching

Meet the curriculum specialist Dr. Mary Therese Perez Hattori who holds a B.Ed. and Professional Diploma in Secondary Social Studies with a concentration in Pacific Islands History, a M.Ed. in Educational Technology, and an EdD in Professional Educational Practice at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. A native of Guåhan (Guam), she is one of nine children of Paul Mitsuo Hattori and Fermina Leon Guerrero Perez Hattori (familian Titang) and resides on O‘ahu with her son and husband. Read more


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Micronesia Overview

Dominica Tolentino is the Content Editor for Guampedia, where she helps research and develop content from the Guampedia website.  She assists in public outreach and capacity-building activities from the Guampedia Foundation and as an independent consultant.  She holds a BS in biology from Georgetown University and an MA in anthropology and museum training from the George Washington University.


Mr. Michael Kanas is employed at Saramen Chuuk Academy as a Math and Science teacher (2013-present).  From 2006-2012 he served as a Statistics Specialist III at the National Statistics Office, Chuuk Branch.  Mr. Kanas also serves as a councilman for Fefan Municipality.  Click here to download the worksheet for his lesson.


Alexcia Sillem is from Onongoch Village on Fefan Island (Chuuk).  Currently, she is the Vice Principal for Saramen Chuuk Academy where she herself graduated in 1994.  She received an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from the College of Micronesia (Chuuk campus) in 1996. Click here to download the worksheet for her lesson.


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Kisha Borja-Quichocho is an instructor at the University of Guam.  She has published work in Storyboard 10 & 15, The Space Between, The Offending Adam, The Indigenous World 2011 & 2012, The First Anthology, The Micronesian Educator, and Ala Press’s Home(is)lands.  Kisha also is an actress on Nihi!, a children’s television show on Guam that promotes the Chamoru language and culture.  She loves singing, dancing, writing poetry, participating in meaningful projects and work, and laughing with her daughter, Lina’la’. Click here to download her lesson plan.


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Make Migration Matter

Lola Quan Bautista is the director and producer for Breadfruit & Open Spaces (About the Filmmaker)For many years, she has gathered stories of Pacific Islanders and the many ways they try to “Make Migration Matter”.  Hear the stories of five Pacific Islander women who migrated to Hawaiʻi and of another woman living on Guam who has shaped her understandings of migration and movement.

ʻAumua Mataʻitusi Simanu has been an educator for more than 75 years. She began her long career as a teacher and an administrator in Western Samoa where she served the Department of Education from 1938 to 1982. While most people would think of retirement at age 64, ʻAumua began her second career in 1985 as a teacher of the Samoan language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Over her 29-year career at the university, ʻAumua developed and taught advanced courses for Samoan heritage students. Her special field of expertise is Samoan Oratory and Samoan History, and she developed the first courses in the world at the university-level in these fields.


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Sania Fa‘amaile Betty Ickes, PhD, is of Oceanian ancestry. Betty is an Assistant Professor of History at Leeward Community College. At Leeward, she also serves as the History Discipline Coordinator and Chair of the Hawaiian-Pacific-Asian (HAP) Focus Board. Betty specializes in world history, history of the Hawaiian Islands, and migrations and diaspora in Oceania. In addition to her faculty duties, she serves as the Executive Director of Te Taki Tokelau Community, Inc. in central Oahu, where she also teaches Tokelauan language to Pre-K learners.

The Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaiʻi was founded in 2003 (www.breadfruit.org). The mission of the Breadfruit Institute is to promote the conservation and use of breadfruit for food and reforestation. The Institute is taking a leading role in the conservation of breadfruit diversity and ethnobotanical research documenting traditional uses and cultural practices involving breadfruit. The Breadfruit and You Curriculum was developed by the Breadfruit Institute to provide educational resources to schools in Hawaiʻi that are planting Ma`afala trees through the Plant a Tree of Life – Grow `Ulu project. The curriculum, especially the coloring sheets and terms for the part of the tree, can be used wherever breadfruit is grown. The curriculum includes a lesson plan for teachers, breadfruit terms, coloring sheets for different parts of the breadfruit tree in English and Hawaiian, a breadfruit legend, and a map of the Pacific with the local names for breadfruit for different islands. Download the curriculum, coloring sheets, and map.

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The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges. 


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The Center for Pacific Islands Studies
is both an academic department and a larger home for initiatives that bring together people and resources to promote an understanding of the Pacific Islands and issues of concern to Pacific Islanders. Its innovative instructional program is regional, comparative, and interdisciplinary in nature.

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