How are you and your fellow HSTA members supporting each other and/or your students during this difficult time?
With the health and well-being of our staff, workplace, and community in mind, we ask our members to observe the limited opening of the offices by refraining from visiting the office at this time.
With the closing of the 2019–20 school year and announcements of summer programs, we expect to move forward in consultation and bargaining over the reopening of schools.
HSTA does not represent teachers who teach summer school or e-school. We are providing information to help those who are involved in a summer learning program and address questions from our members.
“I miss the sounds that ballet shoes make when students brush the vinyl dance floor or the moment they jump into the air, suspend for a moment, only to land quietly. And I miss their heartwarming smiles after performing double pirouettes for the first time.”
Teachers in various subject areas are collaborating at Waianae Intermediate School to offer their students an educational experience based on the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 1,300 HSTA members logged on to view their first-ever State of Our Union Saturday morning, which featured streamed video reports from committee chairs and motivating remote speeches from national and state association leaders as well as the awarding of two important awards.
“Aloha! My name is Jodi Kunimitsu, and I’m a math teacher at Maui High School. This was my first year as chair of the Human and Civil Rights Committee. It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun. Throughout the year, we participated in several community events.”
“I tend to say I’m a scrappy Title I public school kid turned scrappy Title I public school teacher. We know hungry kids can’t learn. Let’s feed them. Hot kids can’t learn. Let’s get those ACs going. If kids are embarrassed to wear dirty uniforms on campus, let's get a campus laundry. It’s just the work teachers do.”
Scot Yamashita has been volunteering as an AYSO soccer coach for 14 years. He was nominated by Sharel Kasai, a Webling Elementary School teacher and Central Chapter member.