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Stories About Hawaii Educators

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

Jessica Pagtulingan

Jessica Pagtulingan

I had a great teacher who inspired me and so I knew what I was going to pursue. It’s the way that she talked to us. She was able to see me and my classmates for who we were, and she encouraged each and every one of us to be better.

Former student of Mrs. Lori Fujimoto

Kapalama Elementary School

Nicole Tam

Nicole Tam

I first met Ms. Murayama in my 11th grade English class. She pushed me to challenge myself and take an advanced English course my senior year even though it was out of my comfort zone because English is my second language.

Former Student of Shareen Murayama

Kaiser High School

Natanya Friedheim

Natanya Friedheim

Ms. Alexandra (Armstrong) Taylor made the classroom into an inviting space for learning. You just wanted to be there.

Former student of Ms. Alexandra (Armstrong) Taylor

Kailua Intermediate School

Kurt Dela Cruz

Kurt Dela Cruz

She challenged her students to reach a higher standard, and she did so by showing us the care and love she had for us. I needed that kind of challenge to push me.

Former student of Carolyn Irvine

Ka‘ū High School

Alexandra Obra

Alexandra Obra

Dr. Mokuau’s work advocating for Native Hawaiians motivates me to be an advocate as well. I try to incorporate the culture into the things we do here.

Former student of Dr. Noreen Mokuau

UH Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

Sarah Kern

Sarah Kern

Being able to build relationships with your students, getting to know your students and being able to relate to them –I think that's probably one of the most important things is making that connection with them.

7th Grade Teacher

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School

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HEA wants to showcase testimonials about amazing teachers to highlight the importance of our local educators. These stories will be featured throughout our website, newsletter and social media in 2021 as part of HEA’s 100th anniversary celebration.

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Community Testimonials

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

"I have never lost my interest in the natural world and scientific inquiry. That is possibly the most important lesson that my biology teacher Mrs. Watanabe taught us – never lose your interest in the world."

Scott W. Starratt, Ph.D., research geologist

In honor of Amy Watanabe

Kailua High School