Teachers Honored for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification

The Hawai`i State Department of Education has congratulated 50 public and charter school teachers who have earned and renewed their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association and Kamehameha Schools will be hosting a ceremony to honor these educators on Wednesday, January 24 at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium.

“We are proud of these teachers for their efforts to elevate their profession and provide enhanced learning opportunities for Hawaii’s students,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. “Earning this certification is no easy task and I commend them for taking on this additional workload and responsibility. Congratulations to these teachers, their families and schools on this remarkable accomplishment.”

Educators who earn their National Board Certification have demonstrated that they met the highest standards for teaching. They must be up-to-date with the latest strategies and best practices in education in order to earn and retain their certification.

The following teachers will be honored at the ceremony:

·       Jennifer Ainoa, Molokai Middle
·        Lori Cabalar, Keaau Elementary
·        Jane Cariaga, Pahoa Elementary
·        Tanya Cobbin, Waipahu High
·        Patricia Contee, Salt Lake Elementary
·        Chris Cordell, Hawaii Technology Academy
·        Alexander Cyran, Keaau Middle
·        Jill Harai, Iliahi Elementary
·        Danielle Hartwick, Makawao Elementary
·        Liane Ibara, Palolo Elementary
·        Michael Ibara, Puuhale Elementary
·        Cheryl Iwasaki, Helemano Elementary
·        Qurratulay Joy, Makawao Elementary
·        Mara Kaizawa-Miyata, McKinley High
·        Naomi Kamauoha, Palolo Elementary
·        Dawn Kanoho, Momilani Elementary
·        Kellee Kelly, Keaau Elementary
·        Samantha Kodama, Kaimuki Middle
·        Laurel Latimer, Makawao Elementary
·        Christine Layton, Hawaii Technology Academy
·        Jamie Letreta, Holomua Elementary
·        Erin Medeiros, Kauai High
·        Elaine Medina, Makaha Elementary
·        Nikki Morishige, Waiahole Elementary
·        Cheryl Motoyama, Red Hill Elementary
·        Lisa Nakama, Kaneohe Elementary
·        Shanna Nakamura, Aliiolani Elementary
·        Laura Obuhanych, Holomua Elementary
·        Lisa Oka, Wahiawa Elementary
·        Elizabeth Okamoto, Webling Elementary
·        Sonia Orlando, Waianae Elementary
·        Sandra Oshiro, Momilani Elementary
·        Robyn Panem, Keaau Elementary
·        Suzanne Reed, Ahuimanu Elementary
·        Tamie Richardson, Kaimiloa Elementary
·        Catherine Ritti, Farrington High
·        Jennifer Sarpi, Campbell High
·        Mari Sato, Enchanted Lake Elementary
·        Sheena Shimose, Leihoku Elementary
·        Jessica Sleeper, Kamaile Academy
·        Aysha Spencer, Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary
·        Hannibal Starbuck, Baldwin High
·        Stefanie Sweeney, Waikiki Elementary
·        Jamie Takamura, Red Hill Elementary
·        Jennifer Valenzuela, Lahainaluna High
·        Maile Viela, Waihee Elementary
·        Lynn Wakahiro, Momilani Elementary
·        Amanda Watson, Kailua Intermediate
·        Elizabeth Williams, Campbell High
·        Jill Yamasawa, Kapolei Middle