Jonathan Gillentine, a preschool inclusion teacher at Parker Elementary School in Kaneohe, has been named one of five winners nationwide of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.
The National Education Association Foundation award features a $10,000 prize.
Gillentine will accept the award at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on Feb. 10, in Washington, D.C.
“Jonathan Gillentine has been selected for this award by his peers because he has attained the highest standards of his profession, as shown by his exemplary instruction, advocacy for public education, a commitment to diversity and engagement of parents and the community,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation, in a news release.
Gillentine was nominated for the award by the Hawaii State Teachers Association, which represents 12,500 public school teachers in the islands. HSTA President Wil Okabe said Gillentine is an “accomplished, dedicated, but humble educator. He truly embodies teaching — and personal — excellence.”