Logan Okita became vice president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association on July 5, bringing her experience as an elementary school teacher and various leadership roles within the HSTA to her new position.
As Hawaii State Teachers Association President Corey Rosenlee’s term comes to a close, he said his biggest takeaway from six years heading the statewide teachers’ union is that “unity is our biggest strength.”
HSTA’s officers want to hear about front-line teachers’ school reopening concerns in a virtual listening session on Thursday, Sept. 10.
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.
HSTA President Corey Rosenlee and HSTA Deputy Executive Director Andrea Eshelman provided the latest on everything from teacher evaluation modifications and end-of-year checkout procedures to possible COVID-19 economic impacts in the form of those ill-advised potential pay cuts.
About half of the Hawaii State Teachers Association membership, more than 6,300 educators, are being paid thousands of dollars less a year by the state than they should because they were not given raises during tough economic times.