Managing Director Appointed for Pacific Islands in the Classroom – 09/14/15

Pago Pago, American Samoa — September 12, 2015 — Today, the Islands Society announced that Charity Porotesano has been appointed the Managing Director of Pacific Islands in the Classroom.

“We are very excited to have Charity leading our latest educational initiative for Pacific Islanders,” says Eddie Walsh, President of the Islands Society. “Having served as an elementary school teacher in American Samoa, Charity understands what educators need to inspire K-5 students to realize their full potential.”

Pacific Islands in the Classroom aims to help K-5 educators incorporate lesson plans that create awareness about the Pacific Islands while simultaneously strengthening their students’ competencies in core areas, including math and reading. To do so, the program seeks to increase the use of open source technologies in classrooms throughout the Pacific Islands region.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects centre on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists.

About the Pacific Islands Society (PacSoc)

The Pacific Islands Society is a constituent society of the Islands Society. Its mission is to respect, inspire, and empower Pacific Islanders around the world, especially women and the next generation of leaders. PacSoc is the oldest and most active of the Islands Society’s constituent societies. It currently runs a number of high-profile programs, including NexGen Pacific Artists, Pacific Security Scholars, and Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament. The society also has almost 4,000 followers on Facebook.

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