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McREL expands Pacific presence with new advisers and offices

By April 20, 2021No Comments

April 20, 2021 | Denver, CO—McREL International is pleased to announce the addition of four new staff as regional advisers in the Pacific region and the opening of two satellite offices, expanding the organization’s capacity and commitment to supporting local educators, students, and communities. The regional advisers will conduct local needs sensing and contextualization of McREL’s services, and will deliver training, coaching, and technical support services to teachers, principals, school system leaders, and other stakeholders.

The four distinguished educators are:

  • Bale Theresa Koula Koroivulaono of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). Theresa has worked as an instructional designer at University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, and served as president of the College of the Marshall Islands from 2015 to 2020.
  • Janet Ebil Orrukem of the Republic of Palau. She has served as international president for the Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association and chief for instructional implementation and teacher training at the Palau Ministry of Education.
  • Leo Pangelinan of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Leo currently serves as executive director of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, a nonprofit navigating and exploring the human experiences of the Indigenous and diverse people of CNMI, and is a former dean of student services for Northern Marianas College.
  • Sinton Soalablai of the Republic of Palau. Sinton is Palau’s former education minister and chief state school officer.

In addition, McREL is opening a network of satellite offices in the region, beginning with CNMI and Palau, to provide the regional advisers with places to meet with local partners and host events. The CNMI office is located within the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library and the Palau office is located at Palau High School.

“We strive to fulfill the universal needs of students and teachers with services and supports that are unique to each local context we work in, and these talented educators and leaders will help us deepen our commitment to a region we already feel blessed to serve,” said Bryan Goodwin, president and CEO of McREL International. “With four advisers on the ground, McREL will truly be at home in the region.”

About McREL

McREL International is a nonprofit education research, development, and service organization that helps schools, districts, and education agencies across the U.S. and around the world improve outcomes for all students. Headquartered in Denver, McREL has regional offices in Hawai‘i, Wyoming, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of Palau. McREL’s researchers, program evaluators, and education consultants help schools, districts, and state agencies analyze data, assess performance, identify and address root causes of challenges, and support the professional growth and capacity building of teachers and leaders to make an even bigger difference for every student.


McREL is a non-profit, non-partisan education research and development organization that since 1966 has turned knowledge about what works in education into practical, effective guidance and training for teachers and education leaders across the U.S. and around the world.