Masters of Education : School CounselingHeritage College2000Toppenish, Washington, USA
5th Professional Diploma: Elementary Education University of Hawaii @ Manoa1991Honolulu, HI, USA
Bachelor of Education: Elementary Education -Hawaiian StudiesUniversity of Hawaii @ Manoa1992Honolulu, HI, USA
License and Certification
School Counseling Grades K-12
Elementary Education Teacher Grades K-6
My passion for education started when I was at a young age. It was the clear choice for my career. As a vice principal, I have proven myself to be a strong leader by building strong relationships. I created data to improve school discipline. I collaborated to pull the staff together to accomplish the schools vision and mission. As a counselor, participated in the school's and governance and decision-making, and took part in school-community collaborations. As a teacher I am able to focus on the students needs, diversify and teach varying lessons to maintain student interest and success.
Temporary Assigned- Vice Principal Wailuku, HI· 'Iao Intermediate School/Jul 2016 to Current
Summary of Primary Duties
Coordinated meetings with department chairs and served as liaison between students, teachers and staff. Maintained detailed administrative and procedural processes to improve accuracy and efficiency. Created databases and spreadsheets to improve school discipline and reporting accuracy. Successfully established effective systems for record retention by creating a database for daily correspondence tracking. Improved communication efficiency as primary liaison between teachers, students and parents. Increased meeting efficiency by developing meeting agendas. Communicated with parents via phone, email and in person to inform them of their child's progress. Handled and processed confidential student information. Improved continuous communication using data to make strategic decisions based on the collected information. Made it a high priority on staff expectations.
Accomplishments: Developed and carried out the deployment of school wide discipline plan with all faculty and staff members. Created a "Step by Step" procedures on the plan and oversaw its implementation. Created measures and continually provided positive feedback to each faculty and staff member while leading by example. Created quick responses to concerns and helped to develop solutions for any unexpected issues. A can-do attitude in a leader is always critical for success in the implementation.
At the end of the school year, this new system was widely seen as an important accomplishment in boosting the school's morale. Like any big changes, at the start of the implementation, there were mixed results. With the commitment of the staff, positive behavior changes were seen, even with repeat offenders. It was an important first step in improving the long-term success of the school.
Grade Level/504 School Counselor Kahului, HIMaui Waena Intermediate School/Aug 2006 to Jun 2015
Acted as a role model for students by exhibiting positive behaviors. Conferred with parents and guardians, teachers and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems. Conducted individual counseling sessions to address physical, mental, social and emotional problems. Referred student's families to outside support options to help them cope during times of increased stress. Facilitated a weekly discussion group about relationship issues for the students. Completed documentation for all students attending group sessions. Conducted crisis counseling sessions each week as needed.
As an academic school counselor, my role was very important at my grade level to maximize student success. As a counselors at the middle school, level, I had to regularly review academic data, such as grades and test scores, to identify struggling students and to understand which students are on track. From there, interventions with students who are failing may include: individual planning, parent phone calls, academic or study skills groups, whole group study skills, or test taking lessons. It's imperative for counselors also rely on discipline data to improve academic achievement. For example, when students are suspended or referred to the office it is time they spend away from the classroom, which means they are not getting the same instruction as their peers. This can result in falling grades and impact standardized test scores. As a counselor, I worked with students individually, conference with parents, and/or work with students in groups to reduce discipline referrals. These interventions increase academic achievement and help level the playing field with other students.
As the counseling department chair, my role was to provide the leadership for the implementation of a comprehensive school based counseling
program designed to support instruction and student achievement. With this responsibility, I lead other staff members and co-counselors on campus in leading, preparing and supervise the preparation of reports, records, lists, and all other required
information and data. I worked closely with administration if any problems encountered. Working with adults, I had to establish and maintain an effective work climate within the school counseling
department and school community.
An accomplishment I was proud of was a school initiative to implement a school mass attendance call and and on-line grading system for the school to improve parent and school communication. Data showed, students attendance, and behavior was on a decline. Through the implementation of the initiative, we were able to enhance our school's communication system and on-line grading system that is in place today.
Accomplishments and Rewards
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Staff of the Month - Maui Waena Intermediate School, 2011
Outstanding Service and Dedication Golden Apple Award - Maui Waena Intermediate School, 2010