Teacher Appreciation Week: Mahalo for all you do!

A special message from HSTA President Corey Rosenlee

The following message was sent to Hawaii State Teachers Association members on Tuesday, May 5, via our Member Matters e-newsletter. Click here if you are an active member and would like to subscribe.

Dear fellow educators,

On behalf of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, I want to thank you for the extraordinary work you are doing to help educate our keiki during this crisis.

School buildings may be closed, but we know you are working harder than ever. Despite all obstacles, I have seen our teachers rise to the challenge to give our keiki stability, kindness, and love.

I never thought I would hear my own daughter and many other children say how much they miss their teachers and school. Renowned TV producer, Shonda Rhimes, said it best in a recent tweet: “Been homeschooling a 6-year old and 8-year old for one hour and 11 minutes. Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or a week.”

The coronavirus pandemic has brought heightened awareness to our educators' ability to engage and educate children, to understand and cater to each student's unique circumstances. It's a special talent, and one that should be appreciated always, not just for a week.

Normally at this time, HSTA would send you a token of appreciation. Rest assured this will happen once our community and our offices reopen.

Until then, we want to share a few perks with you, including our new HSTA Higher Education Benefit. Your family—and you, should you be interested—can now earn an online associate degree for free, with no out-of-pocket costs for tuition, fees, or e-books.

Your HSTA Membership Services Committee wanted to provide this opportunity, especially given the uncertainty of our current times and the exponentially high cost of living here in Hawaii.

More about the HSTA Higher Education Benefit

NEA Member Benefits has rounded up exclusive discounts for NEA members, including limited-time offers, and is hosting a special Member Appreciation Giveaway, sponsored by Bank of America.

View NEA Member Benefits discounts and giveaway

While we may not be celebrating with cards, flowers, or physical gifts right now, I want all of you to know that your work and dedication are valued. From the bottom of this fellow educator’s heart, mahalo!


Corey Rosenlee
HSTA President

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