|Firefighters from Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park helped stop the Leilani Fire that started at |
Pōhakuloa and spread toward Puu Lani. NPS photo
|Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park provided|
logistics assistance and an engine to fight the
17,000-acre Leilani Fire. NPS Photo
Greg Funderburk, Fire Management Officer for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and the Pacific Island network, said the park sent an Engine and a Division Supervisor to help battle the fire, plus two people for logistical support. The Engine performed back-fire operations to secure fireline in advance of the flaming front.
NSF announced that information regarding the Proposed Action will be posted throughout the EIS process at https://beta.nsf.gov/tmt. For further information regarding the EIS process or the Section 106 consultation process, contact Pentecost at (703) 292-4907 or EIS.106.TMT@nsf.gov.
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KA'Ū HIGH'S CHAYANEE BROOKS IS NAMED A TOP TEACHER: Brooks teaches 11th and 12th grade English Language Arts and AP English at Kaʻū High School. State Department of Education named her Teacher of the Year for the Kaʻū -Kea'au-Pahoa complex. She is in the running for state Teacher of the Year, to be announced in October. Brooks has been teaching for DOE for ten years.
Brooks said that she found the best way to connect with students at Kaʻū High is to always be "sensitive to my students' learning experiences." Brooks said she looks at teaching "through the eyes of individual students. I pay attention to things that are important to them. My goal is that students not only find comfort and meaning within texts, but also understand and make connections between themselves, their community, and this world with joy.
|Chayanee Brooks, English teacher at Ka'u High,|
is a nominee for teacher of the year for
The nominee described Kaʻū High School as "a very small rural k-12 school with 500 students. Our district is very broad and wide geographically, so we have often struggled with chronic absenteeism, even before COVID." She described the experience of some of the students who "wake up at 4 a.m. to get on the one bus they could not miss." She noted that some of their parents work in Kona, "so it's students' own initiative to get to the bus."
Brooks explained that during the pandemic, students were given "a 1:1 device to take home and we had different learning hubs at different locations for students to come to use WIFI." She said the pandemic emphasized that "teaching is about sensitivity and adaptability. Even though learning from home was nothing like physically having a round table seminar discussion or performing a reader theater of a play in our classrooms like we normally do, I used that challenge as a learning opportunity to bridge the outside world to my students. I invited journalists and experts from around the globe to zoom in and collaborate with my students. I got to learn new technology tools that would help enhance the learning experience for each and everyone of my students."
Brooks said, "Education is changing, challenging the past structures and ways of learning. Schools extend beyond the physical space of our campus to include local and global communities. Technology has become a liberating tool for collaboration, research, and creation, and many teachers, myself included, see opportunities to connect with other educators across the state and country to reimagine and redesign education for our students." While navigating the challenges of COVID-19 and distance learning in rural Kaʻū was difficult, "for me and other educators, it has turned out to be an opportunity for great growth and development in how we teach and in understanding the needs and realities of our students."
In order for teachers to better connect with students, Brooks recommended, "Be curious about your students. Ask them questions. Truly listen and really pay attention to their needs. Ask students for input and invite them to work with you as a team. My teaching mantra is, 'I want my class to be a class that I want to be a student in,' and I ask myself that question every day."
|Chaynee Brooks (left) is nominee for Hawai'i Island Teacher of the Year. Here, she is shown with|
Kaʻū High Honor Society this Spring. At right his her husband David Brooks, also a teacher.
For this school year, Brooks said she is looking forward to "getting to know my students and spending time guiding and learning alongside them. I am also eager to connect with parents and my colleagues to best support our keiki. I'm eager to continue to mentor beginning teachers and students whose interest is in the teaching profession in our work-based internship program that we have at our school. I'm also always excited to keep in touch with my former students and continue to be their cheerleader."