Governor appoints ESSA Chair Galera to BOE

Gov. David Ige has appointed former public school teacher and principal Darrel Galera to the Board of Education.

Galera has a rich background in public education in Hawaii. He is the school leadership consultant and coach for the Hawaii Center for Instructional Leadership and he chairs the governor’s ESSA Team (Every Student Succeeds Act).

“I can’t think of anyone more qualified to help guide Hawaii public schools in a new direction that aligns with the governor’s vision,” said Amy Perruso, HSTA secretary-treasurer who serves with Galera on the governor’s ESSA Team. “Darrel is not only a consummate educator, he was a teachers’ principal who brought the best out of his teachers.”

“The importance he places on community involvement is amazing,” Perruso said. “He’s so fair-minded. And he really cares about bringing the community together to improve public education in our state.”

Galera, who began his career as a social studies teacher at Moanalua High, said, “It’s truly an honor and privilege to serve our students and schools. I’m inspired by Governor Ige’s vision and plan for public education in Hawaii.”

In a statement, Ige said, “Darrel has been instrumental in engaging the public all across the state to help build the blueprint for our public school system. His service on the board will help bridge the work of the Board of Education and the ESSA Team.”

Galera was named Teacher of the Year in 1984. He has also served as principal at Shafter Elementary, S.W. King Intermediate, Aiea Elementary, Moanalua High and Castle High. Galera has been recognized as the Hawaii National Distinguished High School Principal of the Year, Central Oahu District Principal of the Year and the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program’s Distinguished Teacher, 1989 (Washington, D.C.).

A graduate of Waipahu High School, Galera earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration and bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies at the University of Hawaii.

Galera replaces Jim Williams who resigned from the board last month.