***Update: This event has been rescheduled to Friday, 9/28 due to Hurricane Lane. Tickets for this event will be valid for the new date.
It’s back to school time for many of us, and to celebrate this time of year, Civil Beat is hosting another Hawaii Storyteller event called Why I Teach.
This event features a group of local teacher leaders telling stories of how they became educators. We’re extra excited about this event because our very own Community Manager Anne Weber will be one of the storytellers!
Most of you know Anne as the person that keeps Impact Hub HNL running smoothly on a daily basis, but she is also a writer and educator. Anne was a state teacher fellow and she serves on the Advisory Council for the Native Alliance Initiative for Teach for America nationally. Prior to joining Impact Hub HNL, Anne taught elementary school in Waianae at Ma’ili Elementary for four years.
About her calling to teach, Anne says “the work was more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. Teaching indigenous students is close to my heart because I never had native teachers growing up. Students that have teachers they can relate to and see themselves in makes a significant difference in their learning. The rest of the story you’ll just have to come next Friday and hear for yourself.”
This Hawaii Storyteller’s event, part of a larger series produced by Civil Beat, will feature a group of local teachers offering up a diverse range of storytelling experiences, with each storyteller sharing personal challenges, triumphs, and insights as to what makes teaching in Hawaii so unique.
The featured storytellers for this Moth Radio Hour-style show includes the following storytellers:
- Hokulani Holt, Kumu Hula of Pau O Hiiaka and Director of Ka Hikina O Ka La and Coordinator of
- Hawaii Papa O Ke Ao at the University of Hawaii Maui College
- Douglas Kiang, Computer science teacher at Punahou School
- Keil Oberlander, English Language Arts teacher at Waianae High School
- Mahina Paishon-Duarte, Principal of Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School
- Christina Torres, English teacher at Punahou School
- Anne Weber, Community Manager at Impact Hub Honolulu and former teacher at Maili Elementary School
This event will be held at Arts at Marks Garage in Chinatown. Arrive at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy interactive activities and a no-host bar. The event will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. Register here for this event (registration is $10).