Cecilia Chung, a sixth-grade teacher at Kaimiloa Elementary in Ewa Beach, was honored Friday as the 2020 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year.
The National Council on Teacher Quality reports at least 35 of the major school districts across the country already offer SpEd teachers a financial bonus of some kind, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 a year. Hawaii offers no pay differential for SpEd teachers.
The program allows teachers in the State of Hawaii Department of Education to obtain much-needed supplies, books, furniture, electronics, equipment and other basic necessities for their classrooms with grants up to $500.
HSTA was honored for its tobacco control efforts as deaths and illnesses mount from vaping.
This school year, returning educators received a pay increase in the form of a step movement, moving up on the salary schedule.