Teach For America–Hawai'i Alumni Win Prestigious State and National Recognitions

Takashi Ohno, Gabriel Nakashima and Sarah Kern All Taught in Hawai‘i Public Schools on O‘ahu

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Honolulu, January 26, 2016—Teach For America–Hawai‘i announced today three of its alumni have recently received prestigious state and national recognitions. Gabriel Nakashima (Hawai’i Corps ‘09) was recognized in this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the field of education for his work as a Founder of the Charter Substitute Teacher Network, a national organization with 320 employees that improves the charter school substitute system through rigorous sourcing, vetting and matching analytics, and engaging community stakeholders. Takashi Ohno (Hawai’i Corps ’09), a member of the Hawai‘i House of Representatives, was selected as a prestigious Education Advocacy Fellow at The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now (50CAN), a nonprofit education organization that works at the local level to advocate for a high-quality education for all kids, regardless of their address.  Sarah Kern (Hawai’i Corps ‘13), a Kaiser High School graduate, has been selected this year as a Complex Area winner of the National Milken Educators of Hawai‘i annual Teacher of Promise award. Sarah continues to be a leader on campus at Wai‘anae High School, where she began her teaching career in 2013 as a Teach For America corps member, and where she works as a science teacher, co-science department head, and biology course-alike lead.

“Teach For America–Hawai‘i seeks to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence in our state and nation by enlisting and developing outstanding leaders of all backgrounds to contribute to our larger education ecosystem,” said Jill Baldemor, executive director of Teach For America–Hawai‘i.

Teach For America-Hawai‘i currently has nearly 280 teachers in Hawai‘i schools, with 159 teachers in years one and two and 119 alumni teachers. These teachers impact at least 15,000 Hawai‘i students, with many of these students in hard-to-staff schools on O‘ahu’s Leeward Coast or Hawai‘i Island’s Ka‘u-Kea‘au-Pahoa area.

About Teach For America–Hawai‘i

Teach For America–Hawai‘i works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 2006 on O‘ahu and 2009 on Hawai‘i Island, Teach For America–Hawai‘i recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Our broader mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. As Teach For America–Hawai‘i nears its 10th anniversary, the organization has had a profound impact in the islands by recruiting and developing more than 700 teachers over the last decade, many of whom are working across career sectors—including education, law, business, medicine, and government—to improve the opportunities of young people and fight for educational equity.

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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