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Stories About Hawaii Educators

Watch and read stories about the life-changing impact of local teachers and professors.

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#MyAwesomeTeacher

Our teachers are great sources of encouragement, inspiration, and positive life transformations. Many of us have had a teacher who made a major impact on our lives or helped us to simply do better.

Here, HEA showcases testimonials about amazing teachers to highlight the importance of our local educators. These stories were collected and featured throughout our website, newsletter, and social media in 2021 as part of our 100th anniversary celebration.

Community Testimonials

We are honored to share these memories from our community about the impact of Hawaii educators on their students’ lives.

"At UH Manoa, I took Prof. Doris Ladd’s course on pre-colonial Latin American history. She kept asking us, “How do you know what you know?” I now ask myself that to navigate life and consider other points of view."

James Burke

In honor of Doris Ladd

University of Hawaii at Manoa

"Though Mr. Donald Jensen and I disagreed strongly on politics, he nurtured my academic interests at Roosevelt High School and helped me see the humanity in people with whom I might disagree."

David Harada-Stone

In honor of Donald Jensen

Roosevelt High School

"Mr. Alika Chee taught me at Damien Memorial School and Kamehameha Schools. He was a role model for the awareness I wish to have when approaching work and life and for me to keep pushing myself to excel."

Brandon Kwock

In honor of Alika Chee

Damien Memorial School and Kamehameha Schools

"As a teacher in the MEdT Program, Mary is highly reflective on teaching implementation."

Mary G. Ward

UH Manoa

2021-22 Helen McKay Student Teacher Scholarship Recipient