Kristen Brummel was named a Hawaiʻi State Teacher Fellow by Hope Street Group, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunity and prosperity in America. Brummel, who earned both her BA and MEd degrees in elementary education from the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE), is a resource teacher in the Kaimukī-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex.
Brummel is among 17 public school educators who comprise Hope Street Group’s inaugural Hawaiʻi fellows. Chosen from across the state through a competitive process, she will serve as a leader among her peers for one year. In collaboration with the Hawaiʻi Department of Education (HIDOE) and the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association (HSTA), fellows will train in peer and community engagement, data collection, and media strategies.
Engaging their school communities and informing state policy decisions, the group will share teacher perceptions and potential solutions to issues facing educators in the implementation of the Hawaiʻi Common Core. Through these roles and their critical feedback to the HIDOE, the fellows will work to elevate the teaching profession.
A National Board Certified Teacher in early and middle childhood literacy, Brummel was the 2011 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year. She has worked with the COE’s AFFECT project on family engagement in education as well as served as a member of the Teacher Leader Workgroup and the Great Teachers Great Leaders Task Force. In her spare time, Brummel mentors teachers, lectures, consults, writes, and volunteers in the community.