Professional Activities and Recognition
2006 Board of Regents Scholar
The UH Board of Regents established the Regents and Presidential Scholarships to support students with a record of outstanding academic achievement.
Regents Scholarships are awarded to 20 outstanding freshmen who meet established SAT or ACT cut-off scores, maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in academic subjects in high school, and whose extracurricular achievements are shown to be remarkable.
ETS Recognition of Excellence Award - Secondary Math
The ETS Recognition of Excellence (ROE) Award honors test takers who achieve exceptional individual performance on selected Praxis® Subject Assessments. It is awarded to test takers who meet or exceed the ROE target score determined by the top 15 percent of candidates who took the test in previous years.
HIDOE & Desmos Collaboration Workgroup
The workgroup meets four times per year, twice with Dan Meyer and Michael Fenton of Desmos and twice without to work to collaboratively at "curing the paper disease." Use of the Desmos Classroom Activities platform is used and implemented heavily in this program.
October 2016 - Present
Hawaii State STEM Workgroup
The STEM workgroup is a select group of teachers statewide that address the broader concerns regarding STEM education and the furthering of instructional strategies dealing with STEM-based curriculum. The group meets between two and four times each year.
Desmos Fellow, Cohort 2 & 3
Selected from a group of applicants to join a professional development community created by Desmos. The Desmos fellowship has given me the opportunity not only to learn new skills and work with other exceptional educators, but to take what I have learned and use it to the benefit of other Hawaii teachers that have not been so fortunate. I have also had the opportunity to be invited back for the cohort 3 weekend and look to use this opportunity to refine my pedagogy even further.
NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition Attendant
Attendance both furthers personal growth and professional development as well as provides an opportunity to bring back new strategies and ideas to help train the department.
NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition Attendant
The state of Hawaii gave me the opportunity to present on my experiences with the Desmos program at the annual meeting and in return I was given another opportunity to learn from great teachers as well as provided me the chance to expand my network and meet some truly amazing educators.
University of Hawaii, Manoa
BEd in Secondary Education - Math.
June - July 2010
Farrington High School
Employed at Farrington High School as a summer school Algebra 1 teacher immediately following graduation from the University of Hawaii.
July 2010 - June 2012
Mililani Middle School
Two years of 8th grade math. Also assisted with coaching the mathcounts competition team.
Principal: Elynne Chung, email@example.com
Reference: Kari Caldeira-Silva, (808) 927-4732
July 2012 - July 2017
Leilehua High School
In five years at Leilehua High School, taught the following subjects:
Freshman Math Workshop
Junior Math Workshop
Revived the math team after a 20 year absence from the Oahu Math League
Created the Leilehua High School STEM club
Geometry Curriculum Team Leader 2015/16, 2016/17
Jason Nakamoto, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerry Kawamura, VP, (808) 382-4212
Shawn Nakata, Curriculum Coach, (808) 256,7159
Kea'au Middle School
August 2017 - June 2018
Currently teaching 8th grade math as well as one section of high school algebra 1. Additionally developed and started the National Junior Honor Society chapter at Kea'au Middle. I run a STEM exploration class after school four days a week and spend the fifth afternoon and Saturdays coaching the high school math team.
Working as an Instructional Designer for Desmos I have the privilege of drawing expertise and advice from some of the greatest mathematics educators in the field. I work at building Desmos'
Programs and Developments
Leilehua STEM Club
The Leilehua STEM club was created to increase excitement and awareness of science and math throughout the complex. The club is primarily service based with competition opportunities via the Oahu Math League and the Hawaii State Science Olympiad. The STEM club is credited with many displays and events ranging from Pop up stations at school events to coordinating contests and competitions for the complex elementary and middle schools.
The STEM club also meets every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday after school from 2:45-3:45 to study for competition and construct games, puzzles, and activities for events.
Desmos Classroom Activities
As part of the HIDOE & Desmos collaboration group I have been taught to create and develop activities used to deliver instruction.
Google Apps for Education, Nearpod, Virtual Reality, and other tech tools
I have served as a mentor to new and veteran teachers alike, presenting at weekly professional development seminars on GAFE programs and their uses. I have also implemented the use of nearpod in instruction and piloted use of the program within the math department. I am well versed in the use of virtual and augmented reality to aid instruction, use of google voice, remind, and mailchimp to increase parent communication, as well as the plethora of applications out there used in formative assessment (i.e. quizlet, plickers).
I have had the opportunity to present at the following conferences and workshops: