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Four Big Island Teachers in running for 2021 Complex Area Teachers of the Year

by Thunda

Four Big Island teachers are in the running for the 2021 Complex Area Teachers of the Year award. The annual Hawai‘i State Teacher of the Year award represents Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE)’s highest teaching honor. Living, Learning and Teaching our youth has presented new challenges amid this pandemic. Teachers have had to adapt and continuously evolve. Shining a new light on the importance to recognize excellence in the teaching profession.

One outstanding educator will be named the 2021 Hawai‘i State Teacher of the Year in a virtual ceremony live on Oct. 23 on the Hawaii Department of Education HIDOE Facebook page from among 16 finalists, representing each of HIDOE complex areas and one finalist from charter schools.

Displayed are the collective talent, passion and dedication of the Big Islands honorees which provides a great source of pride for Hawai‘i public schools. Mahalo to all teachers and congratulations to the finalist!

Full finalist list available here.

Each educator was asked: What makes you #PublicSchoolProud?

Elaine Higa
Ka‘ū – Keaʻau – Pāhoa Hawai‘i District Office »
I had educator HEROES in my life that were patient, respectful & sincere! We create relationships w/students, influence them to LOVE learning & choose pathways of PASSION. This is the MOST REWARDING & ESSENTIAL career on earth! I am #PublicSchoolProud
Annette McComber
Hilo – Waiākea Keaukaha Elementary »
This Proud Public School Teacher: Embraces equity. Empowers all students that walk through her doors. Recognizes that teaching one way is not the only way. Believes that anything is possible. Knows what unconditional love is. Welcomes diversity as a strength.
Ashley Oyama
Honoka‘a – Kealakehe – Kohala – Konawaena Konawaena Elementary »
Iʻm proud to be leading the next generation of students into the future. Student voice is such an important part of a child’s educational journey. Whether it be in the classroom or the school community, I strive to be an inspirational support as students discover their own voice.
Andy Stever
Public Charter Schools Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts & Science »
My students make me #PublicSchoolProud. I admire their dedication to learning, and their active participation in our “Virtual Classroom.” I am especially proud of our engaging discussions that bring the material to life for the students and open my eyes to fresh perspectives.

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