Julie Shimonishi

Can-Do Teachers

Can-Do Teachers: Teachers at PBS Hawaii - Terrance T.C. Ching Campus

 

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiA Hawaiian proverb tells us:

To prepare for 1 year, plant kalo.
To prepare for 10 years, plant koa.
To prepare for 100 years, teach the children.

Here at PBS Hawai‘i, count us in for the third option!

 

Our programming for all ages is designed to nourish minds, and Hawai‘i teachers are very much a part of this educational television/multimedia center.

 

About 80 digital media teachers from all over the state – private, public and charter school educators – recently met for a workshop in our cheerful new building. These professionals are teaching and learning at the same time, preparing their students for the future in a fast-changing world.

 

The teaching connection at PBS Hawai‘i is baked in. Our very first general manager was a teacher at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Robert M. Reed, who established this organization in the 1960s to show the value of television as a teaching aid.

 

Several chapters of the Hawai‘i Alpha Delta Kappa organization of women educators have long served as volunteers here, overseeing young keiki and students at our events and handling paperwork. ADK members and tireless retired teachers Jean Kiyabu and Julie Shimonishi have served on our Board of Directors.

 

Another Board member is the extraordinary Candy Suiso of Wai‘anae High School, who many years ago set the stage for PBS Hawai‘i’s HIKI NŌ statewide student news network, by sharing digital media with her students. They became engaged learners and continue to be a potent force in creative youth media, locally and nationally.

 

Thanks to generous funding from former San Francisco educator Joyce Stupski and her Stupski Family Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, we are able to provide the schools’ HIKI NŌ teachers with storytelling mentors and training in journalism and video production.

 

It was a retired public elementary school teacher, Honolulu’s Karen Watanabe, who actually completed our building campaign by leaving us a large gift when she passed away at age 89. She loved math and liked to play the markets.

 

Leeward O‘ahu’s Teacher of the Year, the innovative Luane Higuchi of Wai‘anae Intermediate, has written a letter urging islanders to invest in children through PBS Hawai‘i.

 

We’re most grateful and very proud to stand alongside Hawai‘i’s teachers in planting a “can-do” spirit and learning and workforce skills, in preparing children for the future.

 

A hui hou – until next time…
Leslie signature

 

Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
PBS Hawai‘i
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: Tuesday, 8:00 am, June 4, 2019

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
PBS Hawai‘i
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: Thursday, 12:00 pm, June 13, 2019

 

STATEWIDE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
PBS Hawai‘i
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: Tuesday, 12:00 pm, June 18, 2019

 

INNOVATION / FUTURES COMMITTEE MEETING
PBS Hawai‘i
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Next meeting: Wednesday, 3:00 pm, June 26, 2019

 

Jason Fujimoto

Jason Fujimoto

Board Chair
Hawaiʻi Island
Joanne Lo Grimes, Oʻahu

Joanne Lo Grimes

Vice Chair
Oʻahu
Bettina Mehnert, Oʻahu

Bettina Mehnert

Secretary
Oʻahu
Treasurer, Kent Tsukamoto, Oʻahu

Kent Tsukamoto

Treasurer
Oʻahu
Muriel Anderson, Oʻahu

Muriel Anderson

Oʻahu
Susan Bendon, Maui Nui

Susan Bendon

Maui Nui
Jodi Endo Chai, Oʻahu

Jodi Endo Chai

Oʻahu
James E. Duffy, Jr., Oʻahu

James E. Duffy, Jr.

Oʻahu
Matthew Emerson, Oʻahu

Matthew Emerson

Oʻahu
Jake Fergus, Maui Nui

Jake Fergus

Oʻahu
Jason Haruki, Oʻahu

Jason Haruki

Oʻahu
Noelani Kalipi, Hawaiʻi Island

Noelani Kalipi

Hawaiʻi Island
Ian Kitajima, Oʻahu

Ian Kitajima

Oʻahu
Joy Miura Koerte, Kauaʻi

Joy Miura Koerte

Kauaʻi
Kamani Kualaʻau, Oʻahu

Kamani Kualaʻau

Oʻahu
Mary Ann Manahan, Oʻahu

Mary Ann Manahan

Oʻahu
Aaron Salā, Oʻahu

Aaron Salā

Oʻahu
Julie Shimonishi, Oʻahu

Julie Shimonishi

Oʻahu
Kaʻiulani Sodaro, Oʻahu

Kaʻiulani Sodaro

Oʻahu
L. Candy Suiso, Oʻahu

L. Candy Suiso

Oʻahu
Bruce Voss, Oʻahu

Bruce Voss

Oʻahu