Receiving my 5th year service award from the Kamehameha Schools marks somewhat of a milestone in my life. At the very least, it offers me the opportunity to reflect and be thankful. Here is what comes to mind….
• Growth. I have learned a lot about teaching and learning from being a “participant” and a “contributor” in a wonderful school environment. I have learned about excellence. • Relationships. I have been blessed with the best team to work with. I have also made many good friends at all three island campuses. • Culture. I have come to embrace the Hawaiian culture, as well as the culture of the Kamehameha Schools. You become a part of a network, an ‘ohana. • Travel. I have been able to visit New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, and even Hana, Maui! • Worship. I have been blessed to have participated in chapel services as well in leading students in worship. • Tradition. It is a privilege to take part in many of the events and ceremonies. Founder’s Day, Song Contest, and Ho’olaule’a are just a few. Even sporting events have a proud tradition here. Yesterday, I stood in the exact center of Keku Gym with the entire student body around me as they sang the alma mater. • Finally, the students. For me, it is the students who provide the memories and make my life here so rich. There are countless moments that I am forever grateful for….