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Former local teacher is new CEO of Samoa Education Ministry

Joanya Tafua holding the American Samoa flag

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former local educator has been appointed to a position with the Ministry of Education in Samoa.

Aeau Christopher Hazelman, an educator for 29 years, will lead the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture as its CEO for the next three years.

The appointment was confirmed in a statement issued by the government of Samoa this week.

“Aeau’s wealth of experience includes working in Mission and Public schools as a teacher and leader,” said the statement.

 Aeau taught at Marist Brothers High School in 2000, before moving to Leone High School where he taught Social Studies for two years.

“For 13 years, Aeau served as Director of Catholic Education in Samoa from 2003- 2016 after a decade of services as a teacher, vice principal and eventually principal of the Catholic Senior College.

“He joined the public service as Pro-Chancellor and chairman of the Council of the National University of Samoa in 2014 until 2021.

“He graduated with a BA in Geography and Sociology from the University of the South Pacific, (USP) in 1993 and the following year completed his postgraduate education also from USP,” according to the statement by the Samoa government.