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Marianas Variety: Hopwood's Victor Cabrera is 2020 CNMI Teacher of the Year (October 28, 2019)

THE Public School System on Friday recognized Hopwood Middle School educator Victor D. Cabrera as the 2020 CNMI Teacher of the Year.

Board of Education members and PSS officials presented the award to Cabrera at PIC-Charley's Cabaret where Hopwood was conducting professional development training for its teachers.

Cabrera, who has been with PSS for 14 years now, teaches agriculture.

Education officials commended Cabrera for all the work that you do to nurture young lives and plant the seeds of hope, inspiration and joy in our students.”

In an interview, Cabrera said he will do his best to represent the CNMI in the National Teacher of the Year event.

“I am going to do my best to make sure we stand out, he added.

BOE Chairwoman Janice Tenorio thanked Cabrera for his hard work in educating and building the right foundation for the students.

Acting Education Commissioner Jackie Quitugua told Cabrera to continue inspiring his students.

Cabrera joined PSS in 2004 as a teacher at William S. Reyes Elementary School.

He said it was the associate commissioner for accreditation, research and evaluation, Lynnette Villagomez, who was the WSR principal then, who helped him learn the basics of teaching.

I don't have an educational background. I am a businessperson. But Lynn [Villagomez] changed me into what I became.”

Villagomez said Cabrera is “a great teacher with great ideas.”

She added, “His ideas are for the children and not just about gardening.”

Jonas Barcinas, former Hopwood Middle School teacher, said students love Cabrera and many of them became interested in agriculture and gardening because of him.

Hopwood Middle School principal Dr. Rizalina Liwag said Cabrera was reluctant to fill out the application for the Teacher of the Year Award.

I told him, ‘You are not going to refuse me. I will go to your house and we will be there until you fill out the application.

Liwag said the entire Hopwood family is “very proud of him.”

In 2018, Cabrera was the recipient of the Governor's Humanities Award for an educator in a classroom setting.

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