Editorial Mission: As the Department's primary publication, we aim to live up to the meaning of ha‘aheo – to cherish with pride – by bolstering and sustaining pride in public education and touting the successes happening across our system.
I’m happy to officially welcome on board complex area superintendents to lead schools in our Leeward O‘ahu, Windward O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island and Maui districts.
I appreciate the Hawai‘i State Board of Education approving the appointments of Desiree Sides to lead the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Kūlanihāko‘i-Maui complex area, Dr. Ed Noh to lead the Castle-Kahuku complex area, Stacey Bello to lead the Ka‘ū-Kea‘au-Pāhoa complex area, and Richard Fajardo to lead the Pearl City-Waipahu complex area.
It was evident from Thursday’s board meeting that these four leaders are well recognized for their abundance of skills and experience from their prior school, complex area and state level roles. Congratulations and mahalo to CAS Sides, CAS Noh, CAS Bello and CAS Fajardo for their continued efforts to provide all students with the opportunities, services and support they need to succeed.
I also want to highlight the “Homegrown Hires” initiative that was launched this school year under our Responsive Capacity Building ESSER strategy. Complex area leads in collaboration with the Office of Talent Management Recruitment Section and Leadership Institute have hosted successful community-based job fairs that have attracted more than 50 applicants who have joined in the Department in a variety of roles.
In addition to Homegrown Hires, the affiliated “Homegrown Leaders” effort will help identify, support and nurture potential talent to step into crucial leadership roles to address our principal pipelines needs. We have so many innovative visionaries and creative problem-solvers within the Department that deserve a chance to make a greater statewide impact. I look forward to seeing our homegrown talent flourish!
In honor of National Mentoring Month and National Compliment Day (Jan. 24), we asked Hawai‘i Teacher Induction Center mentees to share a compliment about their mentors.
Bailey K. Ledesma
Waikīkī Elementary, EL Teacher/Coordinator
Mentor: Kay Zane
» I adore Kay’s energy! Kay is helpful, warm and genuine. She is willing to help with any task! She is a keeper!
Ha‘aheo Elementary, Kindergarten Teacher
Mentor: Casey Hanoa
» I appreciate Casey's guidance and encouragement. I am grateful for her patience, compassion, and the belief she has in me, and all the knowledge she shares with me. Thank you Casey for being my mentor.
Lunalilo Elementary, EL Teacher
Mentor: Tanya Mau
» I am truly grateful for Tanya’s genuine care for my growth and development both in and outside of the classroom. She continuously encourages me to take risks but never forgets to let me know she is right there to support me.
Check out another healthy, family friendly recipe to try! Leilehua High School’s Culinary Academy shared their Shakshuka recipe below. This Middle Eastern-inspired egg dish serves as a great vehicle to incorporate a variety of fresh veggies.
Yield: 6-8 servings
1 Tbsp. olive oil (for sautéing)
½ onion, small diced
1 red bell pepper, small diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. chili flakes (optional)
4 c. tomatoes, chopped, or two 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
Salt, pepper, and sugar to taste
Heat a deep skillet with the olive oil. Add the onions and bell pepper, then cook until onions are translucent, but not browned.
Add the garlic, cumin, paprika, and chili powder. Saute briefly, until fragrant.
Add the tomato paste and stir constantly until slightly darkened in color.
Add the tomatoes and chili flakes, then simmer for 8-10 minutes over low heat until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar.
Using a spoon, create small divots/holes in the sauce for each of the eggs. Crack the eggs into the sauce. Cover pan and simmer over low heat until eggs are cooked to the preferred doneness.
If adding fresh veggies (such as green beans, kale, or broccoli), add them 2-3 minutes before the eggs are done cooking – you still want the veggies to have a vibrant color and crunch. Gently stir them into the sauce without disturbing the eggs.
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» The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation is encouraging students statewide to help inspire appreciation for veterans who gave their last full measure of devotion in service to our country by taking part in the Mayor’s Memorial Day Poster Contest.
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