"Perfecting one's teaching practice is extremely difficult to accomplish if attempting that endeavor alone. However, you may surprise yourself if you accept the help of others along the way."
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Special Education (PBSPED)
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because my mom said I should be a teacher. True story. I guess she saw teacher qualities in me. It also helped that I’ve always enjoyed working with children as well as anything and everything that involves education.
What HIDOE school(s) did you teach at?
I taught in a variety of placements and educational settings at Keonepoko Elementary School on Big Island and Kalihi Kai Elementary School on Oahu for a total of 6 years.
Any fun facts or hidden talents? What do you like to do outside of mentoring?
I enjoy the ocean. As such, my family’s activities revolve around the ocean (e.g. surfing, paddling, fishing, diving).
How many years have you been mentoring?
This is my 1st year back at a MUSE mentor. I had previously served as a MUSE mentor for 3 years prior to working as an instructor in the Department of Special Education at UH-Mānoa.
What is your favorite this about mentoring?
My favorite aspect of mentoring involves the spontaneity of the job. I get the chance to work with teacher candidates who teach diverse groups of students in a variety of educational settings. I find that experience to be quite intriguing. I also enjoy helping others. The act of mentoring is centered around assistance. Therefore, I get to help teachers improve their practice. It’s a great feeling!
What is your advice to those looking to become an emergency hire?
“Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher.” (Maggie GalIagher) I find this quote to be quite profound. Perfecting one’s teaching practice is extremely difficult to accomplish if attempting that endeavor alone. However, you may surprise yourself if you accept the help of others along the way.