Julie Shimonishi

Can-Do Teachers

Can-Do Teachers: Teachers at PBS Hawaii - Terrance T.C. Ching Campus

 

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiA Hawaiian proverb tells us:

To prepare for 1 year, plant kalo.
To prepare for 10 years, plant koa.
To prepare for 100 years, teach the children.

Here at PBS Hawai‘i, count us in for the third option!

 

Our programming for all ages is designed to nourish minds, and Hawai‘i teachers are very much a part of this educational television/multimedia center.

 

About 80 digital media teachers from all over the state – private, public and charter school educators – recently met for a workshop in our cheerful new building. These professionals are teaching and learning at the same time, preparing their students for the future in a fast-changing world.

 

The teaching connection at PBS Hawai‘i is baked in. Our very first general manager was a teacher at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Robert M. Reed, who established this organization in the 1960s to show the value of television as a teaching aid.

 

Several chapters of the Hawai‘i Alpha Delta Kappa organization of women educators have long served as volunteers here, overseeing young keiki and students at our events and handling paperwork. ADK members and tireless retired teachers Jean Kiyabu and Julie Shimonishi have served on our Board of Directors.

 

Another Board member is the extraordinary Candy Suiso of Wai‘anae High School, who many years ago set the stage for PBS Hawai‘i’s HIKI NŌ statewide student news network, by sharing digital media with her students. They became engaged learners and continue to be a potent force in creative youth media, locally and nationally.

 

Thanks to generous funding from former San Francisco educator Joyce Stupski and her Stupski Family Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, we are able to provide the schools’ HIKI NŌ teachers with storytelling mentors and training in journalism and video production.

 

It was a retired public elementary school teacher, Honolulu’s Karen Watanabe, who actually completed our building campaign by leaving us a large gift when she passed away at age 89. She loved math and liked to play the markets.

 

Leeward O‘ahu’s Teacher of the Year, the innovative Luane Higuchi of Wai‘anae Intermediate, has written a letter urging islanders to invest in children through PBS Hawai‘i.

 

We’re most grateful and very proud to stand alongside Hawai‘i’s teachers in planting a “can-do” spirit and learning and workforce skills, in preparing children for the future.

 

A hui hou – until next time…
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Board of Directors

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Tuesdays, 12:00 pm at PBS Hawai‘i
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: April 18, 2017

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
Tuesdays, 7:30 am at PBS Hawai‘i
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: April 11, 2017

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursdays, 12:00 pm at PBS Hawai‘i
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: April 11, 2017

 

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Secretary
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Treasurer
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Muriel Anderson Susan Bendon Jodi Endo Chai Keola Donaghy Matt Emerson
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Jodi Endo
Chai
Keola
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Jake Fergus Joanne Lo Grimes Jason Haruki Noelani Kalipi Joy Miura Koerte
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Joanne Lo
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Joy Miura
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Kamani Kuala‘au Mary Ann Manahan Cameron Nekota Aaron Salā PBS Board Member Julie Shimonishi
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Kuala‘au
Mary Ann
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Cameron
Nekota
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Salā
Julie
Shimonishi
Ka'iulani Sodaro L. Candy Suiso Board Member Huy Vo Bruce Voss
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