In memory of our beloved past PIBBA Presidents, Officers and members, we especially dedicate this web site to you. We commend you for your service to our Pacific entities of Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan, Tinian, Rota), Federated States of Micronesia (Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Yap), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Hawaii, and American Samoa. You were instrumental in bringing together our island entities to promote culture, language, and quality education. We are comforted knowing that you are in a grander place, up in heaven.

You will always remain in our hearts...

Reverend Gideon G. Neth
Dr. Rita Hocog Inos
Enion Kalles
Hanover Ehsa
Manuel "Manny" Villagomez
Lydia Cruz
Dr. Sweeter Sachuo
Maria Teresita Cruz George
Francisco Olopai
Dolores (Ling) Aldan Ichihara Mariano
Jesus Ayuyu Songsong
Carmen Weaver
William Macaranas
Linda Aguon Teodosio Edward
Dr. Benit Dungca
Marife "Mar" Ganeb Fernandez
Henry Iglesias Sablan
Dolores "Dee" Aguon
Countless unnamed PIBBA Heroes

Friday, May 31, 2013

Dr. Rita Hocog Inos

Former PIBBA International President- 1993
Dr. Rita Hocog Inos, former PIBBA International President, died of cancer at the age of 55 on August 10, 2009. She began her career in education as a bilingual teacher at schools on Saipan and Rota in 1972. She later served as the principal of Rota Elementary School.

She served as PIBBA International President in 1993. During her reign as President, the 12th Annual PIBBA Conference was held June 20-23, 1993 in Rota. The theme of the conference was Indigenous Languages and Acculturation in the Pacific.

She became the Director of Programs and Services at the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) from 1990 to 1994. She was promoted to the Deputy Director of the PREL Western Pacific Center from 1994 until 1998. She later became the chairperson of the PREL's board of directors from 2004 to 2006.

Dr. Inos served as the Education Commissioner of the Commonwealth of the North Mariana Islands Public School System from June 1998 until December 2005. She wrote several scholarly and educational publications related to education in the Northern Mariana Islands, Micronesia and the Pacific. Her publications include Chamorro Elementary Grades Reading Books, Chamorro Grammar Workbook for Grades 4-8 and the PSS Bilingual Program.

Governor Benigno Fitial appointed Dr. Inos to the Northern Marianas College Board of Regents in February 2006. She served as the board's chairperson from June 2006 to July 2008.
Dr. Inos was also elected as a delegate from Rota in the Second Constitutional Convention of the Northern Mariana Islands in 1985. She was the chairwoman of the Constitutional Convention's committee on finance.

PIBBA International President, Rosa Salas Palomo, has fond memories of Dr. Inos. “We have lost a dear friend, and for me a dear sister. God bless you, i CHe'lu-hu, Rita,” Palomo said.

Source: PIBBA archive and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_Inos

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