Mitzi Hasegawa Named Maui District Teacher of the Year

November 28, 2011, 5:57 AM HST · Updated November 28, 5:58 AM
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By Wendy Osher

Mitzi Hasegawa, courtesy photo Hawaii Department of Education.

 

Hasegawa is credited with her advocacy for a K-12 Math Professional Learning Community where teachers now meet a least twice monthly to strengthen curriculum.

Hasegawa also resurrected Hana School’s Math Matters team, creating a venue for upper elementary students to practice math problems after school.

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As a math teacher, DOE officials say Hasegawa’s goal has been to create relevant lessons and convince students that math is useful, makes sense, and can be fun.

When she was a student, Mitzi loved learning and solving challenging problems, according to a DOE news release; so, it was a natural transition for her to become a teacher, a career she says allows her “to be a student forever.”

Hasegawa was among seven district teachers of the year in the state, earning a $500 award for her accomplishment.

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Chad Miller, an English language arts teacher at Kailua High School in the Windward District, was selected as Hawaii’s 2012 State Teacher of the Year.

Miller received a $1,000 award, and a free one-year lease on a new car.

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