Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Public school teachers honored for exceptional guidance in digital media storytelling

PBS Hawaii's HIKI NO program presents six teachers with certificates of achievement

Six public school teachers were recently honored by PBS Hawaii for exceptional digital media storytelling in the HIKI NO program.

They received Lae Mohala (mentor-peer) certificates of achievement at the 2019 HIKI NO Teachers Workshop at PBS Hawaii:

  • Chris Sanderl, Kapaa High School
  • Clint Gima, Maui High School
  • Donn Yamamoto, Waiakea High School
  • John Allen III, Waianae High School
  • Michelle Obregon, Konawaena High School
  • Trisha Roy, H.P. Baldwin High School

HIKI NO is the first and only weekly student news show with a statewide network of schools. Students from 90 public, private, and charter schools share stories from their communities to Hawaii and the world. Teachers work with industry-professional mentors to guide their students as they develop these stories for air.

The certificate recognizes that these teachers' understanding of digital media storytelling has advanced to a level that places them on par with their mentors, transitioning from a student-teacher relationship to a peer-to-peer one.

"This achievement is one that I and my team at PBS Hawaii hope other HIKI NO teachers will aspire to," said Robert Pennybacker, PBS Hawaii learning initiatives director and HIKI NO executive producer. "Developing a core of local educators who are teaching digital media storytelling with an industry-standard expertise is essential to the sustainability of the HIKI NO program. While not all students who participate in HIKI NO will have careers in journalism or digital media, all of them will benefit from the real-world skills (critical thinking, collaboration, creative problem solving, entrepreneurialism, etc.) that they gain from their HIKI NO experience."

Click here for more information on the HIKI NO program.

Photos courtesy HIKI NO. Top row: Chris Sanderl and PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox; Clint Gima, left, and mentor David Rosen; Donn Yamamoto, left, and HIKI NO Executive Producer Robert Pennybacker. Bottom row: John Allen III, left, and mentor David Rosen; Michelle Obregon, left, and PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox; mentor Ryan Kawamoto and Trisha Roy.