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LEGISLATORS RECOGNIZE ANNUAL EDUCATION WEEK AT THE HAWAIʻI STATE CAPITOL

The Hawaiʻi State Legislature will host the Annual Education Week, a longstanding celebration at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol, from March 18 – 22, 2024. Co-sponsored by Senate Vice President Michelle N. Kidani (Senate District 18, Mililani Town, Waipiʻo Gentry, Crestview, Waikele, Portion of Waipahu, Village Park, Royal Kunia) and Representative Justin H. Woodson (House District 9, Kahului, Puʻunēnē, Portion of Wailuku), Education Week will honor Hawaiʻi’s educators, students, counselors, principals, and staff.

 

“Each year, we designate a week to invite educators and students to our State Capitol to be recognized for their contributions to education,” said Senate Vice President Kidani. “It is our honor to celebrate administration, teachers, students, and staff for making a difference in the classroom. We are thrilled to welcome our special honorees to the Capitol to celebrate their achievements in educational excellence.”

 

“It is with great honor to be a part of Education Week, a tradition that was implemented to celebrate our students, teachers, faculty, and staff for their outstanding contributions to Hawaiʻi schools and our community at large. The distinguished individuals and schools we will recognize go beyond, dedicating their creativity, outstanding skill, and countless hours to inspire and invoke change. On behalf of the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives, mahalo nui loa to all of you for joining us this week to honor these exemplary individuals,” said Representative Woodson.

 

“I'm excited to celebrate the amazing achievements of our students, teachers, faculty, and employees during Education Week,” said Superintendent Keith Hayashi. “As we work to ensure that all of our graduates are globally competitive and locally committed, I'm looking forward to continuing to partner with our lawmakers to build on the positive academic trajectory our students are on coming out of the pandemic. Mahalo to our legislators for their continued support and investment in our public schools.”

Each day of Education Week will feature various activities, including a student showcase and career pathway expo. Awardees will be recognized during Senate and House floor sessions throughout the week.

 

WHAT:

Education Week at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol

 

WHO:

Senate Vice President Michelle N. Kidani, Senate Committee on Education Chair

Representative Justin H. Woodson, House Committee on Education Chair

Members of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature

 

WHERE:

Hawaiʻi State Capitol

415 S. Beretania St.

Honolulu, HI 96813

 

WHEN:

Monday, March 18 – Friday, March 22, 2024

Senate Floor Session – 11:30 a.m.

House Floor Session – 12:00 p.m.

Awardees will be recognized daily on the floor respectively by Senate and House.

 

Education Week Events taking place at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol:

 

MONDAY, March 18

Friends of the Library Book Fair

Conference Room 224

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

 

TUESDAY, March 19

Department of Education Student Showcase

State Capitol 4th Floor Lanai

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY, March 20

Student Career Pathway Expo

State Capitol 4th Floor Lanai

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

 

THURSDAY, March 21

Department of Education Leadership Institute Presentation

State Capitol Auditorium

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY, March 22

Early Learning Day

State Capitol Rotunda

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

 

From March 12 – March 28

Art Exhibit: Not All Backpacks Carry the Same Weight

Chamber Hallway

 

The 2024 Awardees include the following:

 

Award

Award Category

Awardee

HI DOE – 2024 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

Jackie Freitas

HI DOE – Charter Schools Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

John “Parker” Sawyer

District Teacher of the Year - Honolulu District's Kaimukī-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Laurie Chang

District Teacher of the Year - Hawaiʻi District's Hilo-Waiākea Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Christopher Pike

District Teacher of the Year - Honolulu District's Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Norman Ray Sales

District Teacher of the Year - Maui District's Hāna-Lahainaluna-Lāna‘i-Moloka‘i Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

David "Kawika" Gonzales

District Teacher of the Year - Leeward District's Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Ariel Villanueva

District Teacher of the Year - Kauaʻi District's Kapaʻa-Kauaʻi-Waimea Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Kara Kitamura

District Teacher of the Year - Leeward District's Nānākuli-Wai‘anae Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Donna Soriano

District Teacher of the Year - Windward District's Kailua-Kalāheo Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Gregory Kent

District Teacher of the Year - West Hawai‘i District's Honoka‘a-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Ilaban

District Teacher of the Year - Maui District's Baldwin-Kekaulike-Kūlanihākoʻi-Maui Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Melanie Teraoka

District Teacher of the Year - Windward District's Castle-Kahuku Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Laura Cummings

District Teacher of the Year - Central District's ‘Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Marina Higa

District Teacher of the Year - Leeward District's Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Jessica Peterson

District Teacher of the Year - Hawai‘i District's Ka‘ū-Kea‘au-Pāhoa Complex Area

Teacher of the Year

Pinky Grace Francisco

2023 Milken Teacher of Promise

Faculty

Ritela “Shiela” Sproule

2023 National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Hawaiʻi National Distinguished Principal

Faculty

Glen Miyasato

2023 American School Counselor Association’s Hawai‘i School Counselor of the Year

Faculty

Brittnie Caraulia

2023 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal and the 2023 Hawaiʻi Association of Secondary School Administrators (HASSA) Assistant Principal of the Year

Faculty

Bebi Davis

2023 HASSA Hawaiʻi State Principal of the Year and 2023 Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award

Faculty

Sharon Beck

2023 HASL Outstanding Library Service Award

Library

Grant Tokooya

2023 Hawaiʻi Association of School Librarians (HASL) Golden Key Award

Library

Nicole Goff

2023 HASL Golden Key Award

Library

Jenny Yamamoto

2024 United States Senate Youth Program Delegate

Student

Ahryanna McGuirk

2024 United States Senate Youth Program Delegate

Student

Lehua Norris

2023 Prudential Emerging Visionary

Student

Kylee Hamamoto

2023 U.S. Presidential Scholar

Student

Vaeanui Peck

2024 Hawaiʻi LifeSmarts State Competition 1st place

Student

Kalani High School (Brandon Tran, Andy Chen, Michelle He, Kyla Iglesia, and Mason Vuong)

2024 Hawaiʻi LifeSmarts State Competition 2nd place

Student

Maryknoll School (Kaya Pettit, Cassandra Barut, Aaron Broderick, Kevin Ng and Tyler Takahashi)

2024 Hawaiʻi LifeSmarts State Competition 3rd place

Student

Waipahu High School (Reagan Chinen, Ross Angel Bagaoisan, Stephanie Menor, Jordan Nguyen and Joybel Parinas)

U.S. Department of Education- 2023 National Blue Ribbon School

Blue Ribbon

Kaʻelepulu Elementary School

U.S. Department of Education- 2023 National Blue Ribbon School

Blue Ribbon

Maunawili Elementary School


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