Maui’s Arase and Doan Honored at State Capitol Education Week
By Wendy Osher
Arase, who teaches social studies at Maui Waena, was recognized earlier this year as the 2015 Maui District Teacher of the Year. Arase was among a list of seven teachers from across the state who were recognized for their elite distinction as district teacher of the year for their respective areas.
State lawmakers say Arase was selected for his “proactive education method of turning students into classroom performers who take charge of their education.”
“He believes his students can thrive with a safe learning environment and memorable experiences by transforming the curriculum into something exciting,” House lawmakers said in a press release statement.
Lawmakers also recognized Maui’s Jasmine Doan of Seabury Hall School for her accomplishments as a state Distinguished Finalist in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Doan is credited with founding the Maui Math Circle, a free, student-run enrichment program that provides critical thinking and problem solving lessons in science, technology, engineering and math to elementary school children.
“It goes without saying that education is the linchpin that connects the present to our collective future,” said House Speaker Joseph Souki of Maui in a press release statement. “The contributions that these outstanding teachers make to their students and the state cannot be overstated. Through their extraordinary efforts, they are making a difference in both the lives of their young students and in the society that they will help shape. We owe all of them our heartfelt congratulations and thanks,” said Speaker Souki.
Lawmakers observe Education Week each year as a way of honoring excellence in teaching and campus leadership, as well as student achievements in academics and community service.