Donovan Tudela, an exceptional math teacher at Saipan Southern High School, has been bestowed with the esteemed title of 2023 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Teacher of the Year. His remarkable commitment, passion and belief in the transformative power of education have earned him this prestigious recognition.
With an unwavering dedication to his craft, Tudela wholeheartedly embraces the opportunity to share knowledge with his students. “I like the idea of just sharing knowledge, and what better way to do so…what better career to do so than teaching,” expressed Tudela. He views teaching not merely as a job description but as an immensely rewarding experience that goes beyond daily tasks.
Tudela’s impact extends beyond the classroom walls, as he actively participates in the CNMI Math Professional Learning Community Core. Collaborating with fellow educators, he strives to enhance mathematics teaching and learning throughout the CNMI. His innovative ideas and collaborative efforts have resulted in significant advancements in mathematics education.
One of the 2023 CNMI Teacher of the Year’s notable achievements includes his instrumental role in developing a specialized fourth-year math course that equips high school seniors to succeed in college-level mathematics. This initiative exemplifies his commitment to empowering students and providing them with the necessary tools for their chosen paths.
Inspired by his own high school teachers, Donovan Tudela embarked on a teaching career to make a genuine difference in mathematics education. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education from the University of Guam, demonstrating a strong foundation for his teaching endeavors.
Moreover, his recent completion of a master’s degree in education, specializing in integrating technology in the classroom from Walden University, highlights his dedication to staying at the forefront of educational advancements. Looking to the future, Tudela aspires to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematics education, envisioning a return to the CNMI to contribute his advanced knowledge and expertise to his island community.
Donovan Tudela’s recognition as the 2023 CNMI Teacher of the Year is a testament to his exceptional contributions to education, unwavering commitment to student success, and genuine passion for teaching. His belief in the power of sharing knowledge and the rewarding experiences he cultivates in his classroom serve as an inspiration to educators and students alike. Tudela’s dedication to shaping young minds and empowering the next generation underscores his remarkable impact as an educator.