Congressman Faleomavaega today congratulated Mr. Iose Muasau who was selected as the 2013 American Samoa Teacher of the Year. The Congressman met with Mr. Muasau today in his Washington, D.C. office, followed by a luncheon in the Members Dining Room and a staff-led tour of the U.S. Capitol.
Mr. Muasau and other recipients from the U.S. territories and states participated in a week of activities in the Washington, D.C. in honor of their service. In addition to the White House ceremony hosted by President Barack Obama, the recipients also took part in meetings at the U.S. Department of Education, tours of the national monuments and museums, as well as a visit to the residence of Vice President Joe Biden.
Mr. Muasau, an English teacher at Tafuna High School for the past four years, has also taught at Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School and Pavaia’i Elementary in the course of his 17 year career. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in curriculum studies. As he continues to teach at Tafuna High, Mr. Muasau is also working towards his doctorate in education studies from the University of Argosy in Hawai‘i.
“Today, I congratulate Mr. Iose Muasau for his selection as the 2013 American Samoa Teacher of the Year. Mr. Muasau has truly made a tremendous difference in the lives of his students, their parents, and his peers through his exceptional teaching style, effectiveness in the classroom, and passion for his profession,” Congressman Faleomavaega stated.
“Mr. Muasau’s commitment and dedication has earned him the respect of his peers in his selection as this year’s recipient of the American Samoa Teacher of the Year award and I commend him for his service to the cause of educating our young people.”
“I would also like to extend my congratulations to teachers and educators throughout American Samoa for the extraordinary job they do in the classrooms and in our schools. Next to parents, teachers have such an important role in shaping our young people to become better individuals as they achieve their goals in life.”
“I am grateful that for the Teacher of the Year program for the due recognition it gives to our Nation’s teachers. Once again, I congratulate Mr. Iose Muasau and I thank him and all of our teachers for the noble work they do every day,” Congressman Faleomavaega concluded.
Congressman Faleomavaega in his Washington, D.C. office with Mr. Iose Muasau, 2013 American Samoa Teacher of the Year