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New assistant principal for student life joins Mid-Pacific high school leadership team

Posted on May 26, 2017 by Julie Funasaki Yuen

This fall, Mid-Pacific will welcome new High School Assistant Principal for Student Life Jennifer Grems, who will start in August after the departure of Dr. Joshua Watson, who will be leaving Mid-Pacific to become president of La Pietra - Hawaii School for Girls. Grems joins Mid-Pacific from St. Andrew's Schools where she served as upper school principal for the past six years. A graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, with a bachelor's degree in English and master's degree in educational foundations-private school leadership, she comes to Mid-Pacific with nearly 25 years of experience in education.

"Jennifer is an experienced educator with a particular passion for students and the programs and people that support meaningful student experiences," said High School Principal Tom McManus. "We have been colleagues through our work on the Interscholatic League of Honolulu (ILH) board over the past year, and I have seen firsthand the insight, clarity, and humor she brings to her work. I really look forward to her leadership on our team."

"For as long as I can remember, I have always felt at home at Mid-Pacific," says Jennifer Grems. "In high school, our team trained on this beautiful campus while preparing for upcoming cross-country races. I loved coming back to this place. It just felt right--familiar. Welcoming."

Grems believes that student life is an integral part of a student's journey. "Learning what a student's passion and interests are, translates directly to the classroom," she says. "Really knowing the student makes for a rich educational experience. When they feel like they're known and understood, they feel like they're part of a community and that is a powerful thing."

"I'm excited about Mid-Pacific's culture of innovation and creation," Grems shares. "It's about being bold and I'm looking forward to getting know the students, who they are as people, and seeing all of their strengths as they continue through their academic journeys."