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Hopwood’s Ruby Hocog is 2019 Administrative Staff of the Year

THE Public School System on Thursday recognized Hopwood Middle School’s Ruby Dela Cruz Hocog as 2019 Administrative Staff of the Year.

The event was part of the celebration of 30 years of public education which also saw the recognition of the Teacher of the Year, the Counselor of the Year, the Librarian of the Year, the Teacher Aide of the Year and the Instructor of the Year.

Hopwood Middle School principal Dr. Rizalina Liwag said Hopwood received four of the six awards: Michael Berbes, Instructor of the Year; Salote Kesol, Teacher Aide of the Year (tied with Grace Belyea of Garapan Elementary School); Jillian Pladevega, Counselor of the Year; and Ruby Hocog, Administrative Staff of the Year.

Hopwood students, teachers and staff joined Associate Education Commissioner for Instructional Services Jackie Quitugua and Public School System human resources director Lucretia Borja in giving the plaque of recognition to Hocog.

The plaque was signed by Education Commissioner Glenn Muna and Board of Education Chairwoman Janice Tenorio.

Students, teachers and staff of Hopwood Middle School join Associate Commissioner for Instructional Services Jackie Quitugua and Public School System human resources director Lucretia Borja in recognizing Ruby Hocog as 2019 Administrative Staff of the Year.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio Students, teachers and staff of Hopwood Middle School join Associate Commissioner for Instructional Services Jackie Quitugua and Public School System human resources director Lucretia Borja in recognizing Ruby Hocog as 2019 Administrative Staff of the Year. Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Hocog said Hopwood’s priority is to support its students and teachers.

Conducting classes and doing office work in shelters are a challenge, she added, but she said they are all grateful for the support they are getting from PSS as well as the CNMI and federal governments.

Hocog, who has been with PSS for 17 years, started as an administrative staff member of Sinapalo Elementary School on Rota before transferring to Dandan Elementary School.

In 2010, she moved to Hopwood. That year, Hocog received her first state-level Administrative Staff of the Year Award.

Dr. Liwag said Hopwood staff members “deserve to be recognized because of their hard work, their resiliency. They are very passionate with what they do.”

She said Hocog exceeds the expectations of the school and of PSS. “She is very humble and very passionate in supporting the school and the children. We are so thankful to have that kind of employee.”