Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary Principal Sharon Beck wins the 2023 Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership
Award at the Public Schools of Hawai'i event last Thursday. She is flanked at left by Hawai'i Superintendent of Schools
Keith Hayashi and at right by Island Insurance Foundation Chair Tyler Tokioka.
EXCELLENCE IN SCHOOL LEADERSHIP is the award bestowed upon Ka‘ū High & Pāhala Elementary School Principal Sharon Beck. The 2023 Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award was delivered at the Public Schools of Hawai‘i Foundation annual dinner last Thursday.
“This tremendous recognition of Principal Sharon Beck is a recognition of her leadership at Ka‘ū High & Pāhala Elementary,” said state Superintendent of Schools Keith Hayashi. “It’s her ability to bring the community together, all in the spirit of helping not only students, but their families and the overall Ka‘ū community.”
Public Schools of Hawai'i Foundation Trustee and Island Insurance Foundation Chairman Tyler Tokioka said, “Principal Sharon Beck rose to the top primarily because we were amazed by what she’s been able to accomplish given the area that her school is located in. The location creates challenges that other principals may not face… the size of the area that she serves and the economic issues that the area can create logistical challenges, resource challenges, in addition to the normal learning challenges that all principals face.”
Beck was awarded $25,000 – a $10,000 personal cash award and $15,000 toward a school project of her choice. Beck hopes to use the school award money toward bluetooth devices that would provide students with access to learning in remote areas that may not have WiFi access.
“This award, to me, is a team recognition,” Beck said. “I couldn’t do this alone. It is the faculty, the staff — everyone at school that puts their heart and soul into our students.”
Gov. Josh Green said, "We have a deep appreciation for Hawai'i's teachers and and this contract was meant to demonstrate that. By raising starting salaries to $50,000, we hope more of Hawai'i's young men and women will aspire to become teachers,. Higher salaries and bonuses for veteran teachers will also improve teacher retention and reduce teacher shortages. Good public education remains one of our top priorities."
To help offset Hawaiʻi's cost of living, employer contributions to teachers' health insurance premiums will also increase in the new contract.
Department of Education Superintendent Keith Hayashi said, "We're happy to see the overwhelming support from teachers for this contract that all sides worked diligently on, to elevate the teaching profession in our public schools. The Department appreciates the collaborative effort with HSTA, Governor Green, and his administration."
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