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NMC Hires New Instructor for School of Education (November 15, 2010)

The Northern Marianas College has recently hired a new education instructor at the School of Education (SOE).

Roy Greenland, an educator for over twenty years, has taught at different school systems and institutions, such as Roanoke City Schools, Eaton Rapids Public School, and Virginia College.

The newly hired instructor began teaching courses, such as Disability and Society, Introduction to Rehabilitative Services, and Inclusive Practices for Students with Disabilities at the College last August. Greenland is also expected to teach more courses in Special Education next semester.

Special Education, along with Early Childhood Education, and Rehabilitation and Human Services, are new program concentrations of the College’s School of Education. The newly revised individualized degree plans (IDP) were recently unveiled last month.

“We hope that SOE will be able to set up a fully functional and operational Special Education department that will provide meaningful instruction and experiences for students, as well as current teachers,” said Greenland.

Although Greenland graduated with a Masters degree in Special Education from Lynchburg College in Virginia and has many years teaching Special Education, Greenland also has degrees in other fields. In October 2009, he graduated magna cum laude with a Masters of Law degree in International Arbitration from Novus Law School in Palmdale, California. Prior to that, Greenland earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

“Even though I have education and experience in non Education related fields, the desire to teach was constant and of a greater intensity than any other,” said Greenland.

Greenland’s interest in Special Education developed from working as a teacher at a Juvenile Detention Home, where it was recommended that he earn a degree in the field.

“We are very pleased to welcome Roy to the NMC community,” said NMC Interim President Lorraine T. Cabrera. “The knowledge and experience he has will certainly benefit the students and the College.”

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