Teaching as a Career (TAAC):

Hawaii as well as in the nation has a serious teacher shortage. To encourage high school students to pursue university teacher education programs, HEA supports the Teaching As A Career (TAAC) program. This program encourages and promotes high school clubs and CTE Education pathway to explore and foster interest in teaching as a career.

TAAC Symposium


On September 14, 2019, the Hawai`i Education Association (HEA), in partnership with the Hawai`i Department of Education, Chaminade University, and Pi Lambda Theta – Beta Zeta Hawai`i Chapter, hosted the fourth annual HEA Teaching As A Career (TAAC) Symposium. Seven future teacher club advisors or teachers in the Department of Education's CTE Education Pathway and two administrators attended the symposium. 


The purposes of the symposium were:


  • To network and create an informal professional learning community of high school teachers, as well as state level and university educators, who are all engaged in motivating and developing future educators. 

  • To provide an opportunity for teachers in the education program of study to share their best practices, knowledge and instructional resources and tools, and learn from one another. 

  • To inform and involve secondary teachers in the teacher education learning continuum, keeping them abreast of new programs and initiatives at the high school and university levels.

Participants received a warm welcome to the Chaminade campus by Dr. Dean Fryxell, Dean of Education. Dr. Fryxell presented an overview of all their teacher education programs offered at Chaminade, and took the group on a campus tour.  Wendell Tashiro from OCISS then spoke about the current trends and updates in the CTE program for the state. He also gave a summary of the P20 Conference Break-Out Session.

Krystine Pasion, Jessica Pagtulingan, Brooke-Alexandra Gascon-Vea, and Jaimy Valerio were former students of the CTE Education Pathway/Academy who participated as a panel to share their experiences about being in the education pathway/TAAC club in their high schools and how the pathway/club helped them to become teachers.

Maureen Purington, Director of the Windward Boys & Girls Club presented information about the various programs the club offers to the community.


Before the day ended, participants reported on their pathway/club best practices and school action planning.  They also talked about the next steps for Professional Development and the needs for school support.

Educators and CTE participants at the 4th Annual TAAC Symposium.

Dr.  Dale Fryxell
Dean of Education
Chaminade University

Ms. Maureen Purington
Boys and Girls Club-Windward

Former students of CTE Education pathway/Academy/Club Panel.  From left to right:  Jaimy Valerio, Jessica Pagtulingan, Krystine Pasion and Brooke-Alexandra Gascon-Vea.

Mr. Dan Miyamoto

Career Readiness Section/OCID
Department of Education


Mr. Wendell Tashiro

State CTE Resource Teacher

Department of Education

Ms. Jacqueline Yanagi


Teacher Education Program, Leilehua High School


Teacher Education Pathway, Waipahu High School


    1953 S. Beretania St., Suite 5C, Honolulu, HI 96826


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