Former GDOE superintendent to lead Catholic schools

NEW SUPERINTENDENT: Juan P. Flores replaces Richard Alvia as the superintendent of the Catholic school system. In this file photo, Flores, who recently served as the Regional Vice President of WestCare Pacific Islands, took time out from a workshop to speak to The Guam Daily Post about the need for island nations to work together. Post file photo

Former Guam Department of Education Superintendent Juan Flores is now at the helm of Catholic Education on Guam.

Flores began his new tenure this week, replacing former Catholic school system Superintendent Richard Alvia, according to a press release from the Archdiocese on Thursday.

Alvia stepped down in May to complete his doctoral studies stateside in Catholic educational leadership, the release stated.

Flores is a veteran educator, who has taught in the classroom and served as a school administrator, and led GDOE, then called the Guam Public School System, from 2003 to 2006.

His experiences also include teaching and administrative positions at the college level on the U.S. mainland and at Guam Community College, where he served as the Dean of the School of Trades and Professional Services.

“As a teacher, Flores focused on science and math classes - physics, chemistry, biology, and algebra. As an administrator, he was involved in curriculum and assessment, college counseling, and teacher evaluation,” the press release stated.

The Archdiocese also noted in the press release that Flores’ learning years – at the primary and secondary education levels – were in archdiocesan Catholic schools. He attended the former Cathedral Grade School, Bishop Baumgartner Junior High, and Father Duenas Memorial School. He graduated from FD only weeks after Supertyphoon Pamela hit Guam in 1976, the release stated.

Flores earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He earned his Master's in Education through the University of Portland Program on Guam. And earned his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, the release stated.