MUSE Mentor

Steve Klein

"I'm starting my 8th year as a MUSE mentor, but before that I was a mentor teacher to UH sped student candidates for 10 years when I taught in the DOE."

Hometown

Kailua, HI

Department

Special Education

Related Degrees

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Special Education (PBSPED)

Why did you become a teacher?

It was an answer to prayer. I had a failed business and a young family to support. UH offered to pay for my degree in exchange for 5 years of employment. Turns out I was well-suited to the job, and, as they say, the rest is history.

What HIDOE school(s) did you teach at?

Ben Parker Elementary and Kainalu Elementary

Any fun facts or hidden talents? What do you like to do outside of mentoring?

I am a pastor of a small church, which takes a lot of my free time. My new favorite activity: spending time with my infant grandson. Other than that: reading, running, watching sports.

How many years have you been mentoring?

I’m starting my 8th year as a MUSE mentor, but before that I was a mentor teacher to UH sped student candidates for 10 years when I taught in the DOE.

What is your favorite this about mentoring?

I enjoy working with our excellent teacher candidates. They have a tough job, but it’s very gratifying when they and their students succeed. I also enjoy visiting many different schools.

What is your advice to those looking to become an emergency hire?

It’s hard! It’s like being thrown in the water to learn how to swim, depending on what type of experience a teacher candidate takes with them into the classroom. But I think it’s a great way to start a teaching career (I did it), as long as you prepare for the mental challenge.

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