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NMC Hires New Health Instructor (January 7, 2010)

The Northern Marianas College recently hired a new health and physical education instructor in the Science, Health, Mathematics, and Athletics Department.

Roland Merar, an educator for over ten years, has taught at schools, such as Maris Stella School, Palau High School, and the Palau Community College. He holds extensive backgrounds in health, education, social studies, and music.

Merar is also a tireless advocate of the improvement of services and treatment for children with disabilities. He has been highly instrumental in the implementation of various physical therapy programs for students with disabilities and the raising of funds for the purchasing of assistive devices.

The newly hired instructor has also played key roles in many boards and committees, whose missions focused on enhancing the community’s health, educations, arts, and cultural preservation. These agencies include the Republic of Palau’s Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Mental Health Association Board, and the Tabesul Blengur (Balanced Diet) Committee.

“I am honored to have been selected for the position,” said Merar. “I look forward to working closely with the students and guiding them along their paths to success.”

Merar graduated with a master’s degree in educational leadership from San Diego State University and bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Guam.

Outside of the office and classroom, Merar is also actively involved in community activities, having represented Palau at tennis matches in the 2005 South Pacific Mini Games and serving in the Palau National Olympic Committee as both an athlete and a coach.

“We are pleased to welcome Roland to the NMC community,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “His wealth of knowledge and experience will surely benefit the College and the CNMI Community.”

Merar fills the position left vacant when Dr. Kurt Barnes retired in August 2008.

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