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Leilehua’s Jackie Freitas takes unlikely path to Teacher of the Year

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                                Jackie Freitas, center, a Leilehua High School teacher, was awarded 2024 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year on Tuesday. Frietas was chosen from a field of 16 finalists representing the state’s 13,000-plus teachers in 15 public school complex areas and public charter schools.
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Jackie Freitas, center, a Leilehua High School teacher, was awarded 2024 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year on Tuesday. Frietas was chosen from a field of 16 finalists representing the state’s 13,000-plus teachers in 15 public school complex areas and public charter schools.

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                                State schools Superintendent Keith Hayashi spoke Tuesday during the Teacher of the Year award ceremony at Washington Place.
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State schools Superintendent Keith Hayashi spoke Tuesday during the Teacher of the Year award ceremony at Washington Place.

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                                Leilehua High teacher Jackie Freitas was congratulated by daughter Jesza Tichepco and son Jack Tichepco on Tuesday after winning the 2024 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year award.
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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Leilehua High teacher Jackie Freitas was congratulated by daughter Jesza Tichepco and son Jack Tichepco on Tuesday after winning the 2024 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year award.

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jackie Freitas, center, a Leilehua High School teacher, was awarded 2024 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year on Tuesday. Frietas was chosen from a field of 16 finalists representing the state’s 13,000-plus teachers in 15 public school complex areas and public charter schools.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State schools Superintendent Keith Hayashi spoke Tuesday during the Teacher of the Year award ceremony at Washington Place.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Leilehua High teacher Jackie Freitas was congratulated by daughter Jesza Tichepco and son Jack Tichepco on Tuesday after winning the 2024 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year award.