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Hawaii DOE | Waikele Elementary leader honored as a 2022 National Outstanding Assistant Principal

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Hawaii DOE | Waikele Elementary leader honored as a 2022 National Outstanding Assistant Principal

The Countrywide Affiliation of Elementary Faculty Principals (NAESP) this week announced Waikele Elementary’s Stacy Kawamura as a 2022 National Remarkable Assistant Principal. Every calendar year NAESP acknowledges a decide on cohort of assistant principals from across the region. This year 22 assistant principals nationwide were regarded — 17 from elementary educational facilities and five from the middle college amount.

The NAESP National Excellent Assistant Principal System aims to advertise excellence in instructional leadership and calls interest to the elementary significance of the assistant principal. Honorees are acknowledged for demonstrating remarkable leadership and for placing large requirements for students, colleagues, mother and father and the neighborhood.

“As a previous principal, I know how crucial assistant principals are to a effective and thriving college group,” interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi mentioned. “I’ve had the enjoyment of working with Stacy via Waipahu Intricate collaborations and have viewed first-hand how she supports her staff and prioritizes the needs of all learners. She is passionate in supporting her faculty neighborhood and is truly dedicated to enriching the lives of others. We are extremely proud to have leaders like Stacy Kawamura serving within our Hawaiʻi public educational facilities.”

As vice principal of Waikele Elementary for the earlier seven decades, a person of Kawamura’s most considerable accomplishments has been assisting to acquire the school’s nationally distinctive academy pathway software. At first an arts academy plan, the college expanded the software to include age-suitable Vocation and Technical Education and learning (CTE) classes that align with the Waipahu Complex’s determination to university and job readiness. Kawamura helped articulate to academics the shift in focus by producing connections with other significant college academy courses. By means of Waikele Elementary’s academy pathway application — the initially of its type in the nation — learners are now exposed to a assortment of career chances, building their changeover to sophisticated location secondary schools a lot more seamless.

Kawamura has also helped acquire group partnerships with the school, which present alternatives for students to have interaction with their community and apply classroom classes to the actual earth. She is also credited with creating a qualified growth and mastering framework that has helped her college build a collaborative culture that engages school and employees. 

Waikele Elementary School Principal Sheldon Oshio praises Kawamura’s means as a chief to collaborate with colleagues and cultivate a beneficial finding out lifestyle. “Her enthusiasm, rapport and treatment for anyone is obvious,” Principal Oshio mentioned. “Mrs. Kawamura develops great interactions with family members and pupils, and communicates correctly. Earlier mentioned all, Mrs. Kawamura is a legitimate studying leader who prospects by example. Her management is appreciated and respected inside the college neighborhood.”

Kawamura earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Reports from the Washington College in St. Louis, a master’s diploma in secondary instruction from the University of Phoenix, and a second master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Prior to her vice principal job at Waikele Elementary, she served as a instructor at Pearl City High and Kapolei High.

Kawamura will be invited to Kentucky this July to get her award at the annual NAESP Pre-K-8 Countrywide Principals Conference. 

This recognition was created probable by users of the Hawaiʻi Elementary and Middle Educational institutions Directors Affiliation, the community affiliate of NAESP. It arrives as element of Countrywide Assistant Principals 7 days (April 4-8, 2022), which is celebrated each April to identify the important role assistant principals enjoy in the over-all tutorial achievement of learners nationwide.

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