Summer School - Week 2 - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Summer School - Week 2

Posted on June 22, 2007

by Dr. Edna Hussey on June 22, 2007

During the second week of summer school, students have been settling into classroom routines, building their collaborative skills, and enjoying their friendships. Their teachers are a very dedicated, well-educated, innovative team of professionals who make learning fun and challenging. I’m pleased to introduce the summer school faculty to you.

Tiffany Byrne teaches the Robotics class. She is an MPI faculty member and has over ten years of teaching experience in a multiage third and fourth grade classroom. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education.

Leah Lorenzana, who teaches a Math Workshop session, has been teaching a multiage third and fourth grade classroom at Mid-Pacific for two years. She also has a master’s degree in elementary education.

This is Shawn Williamson’s second year teaching the Math Workshop summer session at MPI. During the regular school year, Shawn teaches a fifth grade class at Our Redeemer Elementary School. He has a master’s degree in elementary education.

Erin Doherty teaches the Reading and Writing Workshop. She holds a master’s degree in education and is also a certified reading teacher. Her most recent teaching experiences have been in Indiana.

Leah Sawyer, a recent elementary education undergraduate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, teaches the other Reading and Writing Workshop. She student-taught fifth graders here at Mid-Pacific.

Karen Ikehara, a Jump Start Kindergarten teacher, is employed at Manoa Elementary School during the regular school year. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and has twelve years of teaching experience.

Noe Vitarelli, who teaches the other Jump Start Kindergarten class, holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and has been the assistant teacher for two years in one of our kindergarten classes at MPI.

Kazari Getz and Leigh Oshiro co-teach the Preschool Keiki Fun class for three- and four-year-olds and have also taught in the regular MPI preschool program. Kazari Getz and Leigh Oshiro both have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood.

Anna Harstad, who recently completed her master’s degree in elementary education at Chaminade University, teaches a section of Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees. She has also worked in our afterschool program as a supervisor for the past three years.

The other teacher of a Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees class is Susan Roth. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience and has mostly substitute-taught in several of our Hawaii independent schools. Susie has a master’s degree in Spanish.

Leah Correia teaches the Lights! Camera! Action! i-Movie class this summer. She recently completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and also student-taught third and fourth graders here at MPI.

Bruce Black teaches Ocean Explorations and has been one of our fifth grade teachers at Mid-Pacific for five years. He has a master’s degree in elementary education.

Our “Afternoon Camp” program provides excellent opportunities for children to learn about art, theater, physical education, and computers. George Okuhara, the art teacher, is the department chair for visual arts in MPI’s School of the Arts. Jon Kissida taught multiage first and second grade at MPI and currently teaches the summer session physical education classes. Our theater teacher is Jessica Haworth, who also teaches in MPI’s School of the Arts. Finally, we’re happy to have Lyle Matsuura from `Ohana Komputer, who is teaching our computer classes this summer.

I am thrilled to work with such a talented team of educators! Your children are so fortunate to learn under their tutelage. The faculty is also assisted by several Mid-Pacific high schools students — from sophomores to seniors. I’ve seen them working in the classrooms with your children, and I know the learning is mutually beneficial for the assistants and summer school students. I’m grateful to Summer School Coordinator Marilyn Shigetani, who oversees the entire summer school program, from preschool through grade twelve, and her assistant Jackie Carpenter.

I hope that you are regularly checking the MPI website for my weekly updates as well as the Friday packet, which includes your child’s weekly evaluation and periodic notes from the teacher(s). We’re looking forward to next week’s morning assembly on Friday, June 29, 8:30am, during which time several classes will be sharing what they’ve been learning. You’re welcome to attend the assembly in Wilcox Dining Room.

Thanks for dropping off your children after 7:30am. Here’s to a safe and hopefully enjoyable weekend cooled by trade winds.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey
Principal