Kay, who teaches eighth grade, has been instrumental in building interest and participation in science programs such as fairs, robotics and aquaponics since arriving at Kalakaua Middle in 2011. Colleagues say Kay's passion and enthusiasm in the classroom, combined with relevant and engaging science lessons, motivate and challenge all students to keep improving.
She is credited for spearheading a VEX Bots Program that has captivated students and qualified the school for national and international events such as the 2013 VEX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, Calif.
From Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi: "Admired by her peers and respected by her students, Michelle's genuine care and unwavering focus to empower each child to thrive academically and in life make her truly deserving of this recognition."