Quantcast

Tuesday, July 29, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Kaala Elementary teacher is Hawaii's Milken winner

By Mary Vorsino

POSTED:
LAST UPDATED: 05:14 p.m. HST, Oct 26, 2010


Yuuko Arikawa, a reading coach at Kaala Elementary School in Wahiawa, was named Hawaii's 2010 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner in a ceremony this morning.
 
The award recognizes the nation's top teachers. Winners get $25,000 that they can use any way they want.
 
Arikawa was surprised in an assembly this morning at the school. When her name was announced, students started screaming and clapping and Arikawa started bawling.
 
"I don't know if I can speak," she told the gathered students, teachers and Department of Education administrators, around tears. "I just love my job. Thank you."
 
Arikawa, 33, is credited with helping Kaala pull up their reading test scores dramatically. Over the last four years, the school's scores have skyrocketed by 19 percentage points.
 
After the assembly, Arikawa said other teachers at the school deserved the award and praised the school's administration for helping the campus improve.
 
Arikawa, who has four children, added that she already has ideas on where to spend her award money: Some of it will go to help cover her 13-year-old daughter's class trip to Europe this summer. Some of it will probably go to Arikawa's car, which has recently been acting up.







 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

COMMENTS
(0)
You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
IN OTHER NEWS
Breaking News
Blogs
Political Radar
`My side’

Political Radar
‘He reminds me of me’

Bionic Reporter
Needing a new knee

Warrior Beat
Monday musings

Small Talk
Burning money

Political Radar
On policy

Warrior Beat
Apple fallout