New Teacher Closet with images of different school supplies and the College of Education Logo around the wording

New Teacher Closet

The New Teacher Closet at UH Mānoa is a project to support the 200+ newly licensed teachers who graduate from the College of Education each year. As the largest provider of new teachers for the state, our goal is to best support our new teachers by helping to reduce the costs that teachers have when establishing their first classroom. Nationally, teachers spend an average of $478, whereas Hawaii teachers spend an average of $953 of their own money on supplies for their classroom (Ordonio, 2023; Wolff & Carolson, 2021). We acknowledge that these personal investments by teachers are likely highest in their first year, as they look to establish a welcoming and effective classroom environment for their students.

Thank you to the Hawaii Scholars for Education and Social Justice for providing the research and references on this topic.

Ordonio, C. (2023, March 1). A $500 State tax credit for school supplies? Hawaii teachers say thatʻs a good start. Honolulu Civil Beat

Wolff, S., & Carlson, D. (2021). Who chooses DonorsChoose? Submission and funding patterns on the nation’s largest education crowdfunding platform. Educational Researcher, 50(6), 355–367.

KITV School Tools Sponsor


In addition to the New Teacher Closet, UH Mānoa’s College of Education is proud to be a sponsor of the KITV School Tools project in support of providing our keiki the tools they need to be successful. If you’d like to donate, please visit:

Graduate Facts: Class of 2024 (N = 208)

Congratulations 2024 Graduates! Submit your wishlist here so we can invite you to come and collect supplies at the end of July:

Here’s a snapshot of our 2024 Graduating class of newly licensed teachers:

  • Program Type
    • 126 = Bachelor’s Degree w/licensure
    • 38 = Master of Education in Teaching Degree w/licensure
    • 44 = Post Baccalaureate Certificate w/licensure
  • Dual Licensure Recipients
    • 75 = Dual Certified (36% of graduates earned licenses in two different fields)
  • Licensure Field by Age Group/Content Area (Note: dual licensure graduates are counted twice)
    • 34 = Early Childhood (PK-3)
    • 93 = Elementary (K-6)
    • 65 = Secondary (6-12; 1 Art, 1 Chinese, 19 English, 1 TESOL, 9 Science, 2 Hawaiian, 3 Japanese, 1 Korean, 7 Mathematics, 6 Music, 13 Social Studies)
    • 74 = Special Education (PK-12)
    • 8 = Multilingual Learners/ESL/TESOL (K-12)
    • 4 = Health & PE
    • 2 = Hawaiian Language Immersion

On May 10, 2024 the College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa gathered to celebrate its newest graduates! Graduates represent undergraduate, post-baccalaureate certificate, and graduate programs across the various departments in the College of Education. Programs include teacher licensure and professional development offerings, including our online and statewide options, and many graduates flew in from their respective islands to participate.

How to Donate

We are requesting new or gently used donations that new teachers could use to set up their first classroom once hired. Please refer to the wordcloud on the right to see which items are most commonly listed on our graduate wish list.
Donated items are being collected throughout the summer on our campus on Oahu, however, as we support a large number of individuals who live across all our islands, we are also looking at how to share and send materials to our neighbor island graduates. Thank you for all your support as we continue to build a highly effective, diverse, and supported community of local teachers across the state.

Please let us know if you plan to stop by and donate:

Summer 2024 Drop-Off Days

  • Monday (Memorial Day): May 27, 10am – 2pm
  • Saturday: June 1, 10am – 2pm
  • Monday: June 10, 9am -1pm
  • Monday, June 24, 9am – 1pm
  • Monday, July 8, 9am – 1pm
word cloud with the names of the different materials that students have requested. Most common are pencils, erasers, tape, expo maters, and whiteboards
Most requested items

New Teacher Pick-up

Congratulations Graduates! We are very excited for you to set up your new classroom for the 2024-2025 school year! Note: If you haven’t filled out the New Teacher Wishlist – the deadline to submit is Monday, July 22nd.

A big mahalo to the Department of Special Education for sponsoring our neighbor island packages that will be mailed to the graduates living on Hawai‘i, Lāna‘i, Kaua‘i, Maui, and Moloka‘i!

Oahu Graduates are able to stop by the New Teacher Closet to pick out supplies:

  • Dates: Monday, July 29th to Friday, August 2nd
  • Times: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • What to bring: Each graduate can bring a box or grocery bag to fill with supplies of their choosing on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have any questions about this project, please email Janet Kim at