Central Chapter honors the best of the best at 28th annual Teacher Excellence Luncheon

For the 28th year in a row, HSTA’s Central Chapter honored 29 teachers for representing the best qualities of the teaching profession.

“It’s because of your passion, dedication and excellence that we celebrate you today!” said Kristi Miyamae, HSTA’s Central Chapter president.

The awardees and their schools are:

Aiea Elementary … Christine Murata

Aiea Intermediate … Ashley Balauro

Aiea High … Susana Higa

Aliamanu Elementary …Merle Arakaki

Daniel K. Inouye Elementary … Esther Park

Haleiwa Elementary … Mary Jane Burigsay-Tuvera

Helemano Elementary … Cheryl Iwasaki-Chun

Hickam Elementary … Peter Guerrera

Iliahi Elementary … Denise Higa-Ichimura

Kaala Elementary … Sumner McKasson

Leilehua High … Jennine Tosaka

Makalapa Elementary … Liane Settsu

Mililani Middle … Dan Miyashiro

Mililani High … Janet Leilani Ward Riehl

Mililani Uka Elementary … Shanell Kagamida

Mililani Waena Elementary … Catherine Upton

Moanalua Elementary … Jacque Oribio

Moanalua High … Justin Kohara

Nimitz Elementary … Lori Shibata

Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary … Meredith Word

Radford High … Robert Patcho

Salt Lake Elementary … Patricia Contee

Shafter Elementary … Adria Matsumura

Solomon Elementary … Tristen Kumashiro

Wahiawa Middle … Jennifer Kim

Waimalu Elementary … Kelli Chong

Webling Elementary … Lynn Yasutomi

Wheeler Elementary … Renee Remi

Wheeler Middle … Brett Ikehara