Member Spotlight: Sharon Joy Estioca

My name is Sharon Joy Estioca, 39, single mother and born and raised in the Philippines. I am a native Western Subanon in the Southern Philippines. Our language is in danger of disappearing.

I was an elementary school teacher in the Philippines before I came to the US in the Fall of 2014 to start my graduate studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I came to the US to obtain a Ph.D. in linguistics so that I can also serve my country not only by teaching but also by helping to document the undocumented indigenous languages, particularly on my island, Mindanao, Philippines.

I am in my third year of my Ph.D. program and will be finished with my coursework this semester. As a non-native speaker of English, it is my aim is to write my own, and I hope to complete my studies here at UHM in the Spring of 2020.