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(81# Guam) Agueda Iglesias Johnston: Why she kicks ass
She committed her life to the education of Guam’s children.
She was thought of as one of Guam’s foremost educators.
She was a civic leader and through her efforts sought to improve the living conditions for Guam’s people.
She received an honorary Bachelor Of Community Services from the College of Guam in 1968.
In 1976 she was granted a Degree of Humane Letters from the University of Guam.
She began teaching at the age of 16.
in 1925 she became the principal of Guam’s first junior high school, she was in this role for 11 years then became the first principal of George Washington Senior High School. She was in this position until the outbreak of WWII.
During the Japanese occupation she helped raise the morale of Chamorro people through her communication of the progress of the war. Much of the information was obtained by radios, kept hidden from the Japanese military occupying forces. Messages were sometimes passed inside the wrappers around the bars of soap made by her family. The soap was given to Chamorros, sometimes under the very eyes of Japanese guards.
She was also involved in the efforts to help Navy radioman George Tweed evade capture by the Japanese, providing food, clothing, and reading materials for Tweed. 
She was a founding member of Guam Women’s club, which was credited with making significant improvements to the community after WWII.
The people of Guam renamed George Washington Junior High School in Ordot in her honor. The school is now Agueda I. Johnston Middle School.
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(81# Guam) Agueda Iglesias Johnston: Why she kicks ass

  • She committed her life to the education of Guam’s children.
  • She was thought of as one of Guam’s foremost educators.
  • She was a civic leader and through her efforts sought to improve the living conditions for Guam’s people.
  • She received an honorary Bachelor Of Community Services from the College of Guam in 1968.
  • In 1976 she was granted a Degree of Humane Letters from the University of Guam.
  • She began teaching at the age of 16.
  • in 1925 she became the principal of Guam’s first junior high school, she was in this role for 11 years then became the first principal of George Washington Senior High School. She was in this position until the outbreak of WWII.
  • During the Japanese occupation she helped raise the morale of Chamorro people through her communication of the progress of the war. Much of the information was obtained by radios, kept hidden from the Japanese military occupying forces. Messages were sometimes passed inside the wrappers around the bars of soap made by her family. The soap was given to Chamorros, sometimes under the very eyes of Japanese guards.
  • She was also involved in the efforts to help Navy radioman George Tweed evade capture by the Japanese, providing food, clothing, and reading materials for Tweed. 
  • She was a founding member of Guam Women’s club, which was credited with making significant improvements to the community after WWII.
  • The people of Guam renamed George Washington Junior High School in Ordot in her honor. The school is now Agueda I. Johnston Middle School.

If you want to read about more kick ass women from our Women Of The World theme, click here.

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