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Cover Feature///Teachers

Teaching the teachers

Charleen Peryon left a career in biology because she thought it was lonely. Spending all day looking into a microscope simply was not fulfilling. “I love working with students, seeing them learn and seeing them do things they didn’t know before,” she says. She and her husband, Robert, came to Guam in 1968. After arriving in Guam, she taught biology and physical science at George Washington High School, then taught at the College of Education at the University of Guam for almost 30 years, training the next generation of teachers. Many of her students earned their master’s or doctorates in education. Peryon also ran the reading clinic, serving about 100 to 200 students a year. Graduate students in her program served as teachers in the clinic.

“I tried to tell them how important their role was. Next to working in a religious field, I think teaching is a noble profession. And [teaching is] totally human. A teacher has such an important job to help their students become the very best human person they can be,” she says. Her most memorable moments were the years that she operated the reading clinic, the last six years that she was on Guam. “I remember the students’ enthusiasm and their sheer dedication to working with children with problems,” Peryon says. During her time on Guam, she started the Future Teachers Association at George Washington High School, the Guam International Reader Association and she was inducted into the Chai Omicrom Gamma, a UOG honor society. “I can’t begin to tell you. Those were the happiest years of my life,” she says. Peryon retired from teaching in 2008.

I think teaching is a noble profession. And [teaching is] totally human. A teacher has such an important job to help their students become the very best human person they can be. - Charleen Peryon

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