GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor appoints ESSA chairman Darrel Galera to BOE

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed former public school teacher and principal Darrel Galera to the Board of Education.

Galera has a rich background in public education in Hawai‘i. He is the School Leadership Consultant and Coach for the Hawai‘i Center for Instructional Leadership and is currently serving as chairman of the Governor’s ESSA Team (Every Student Succeeds Act).

Galera began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Moanalua High School where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1984. He has also served as principal at Shafter Elementary, S.W. King Intermediate, ‘Aiea Elementary, Moanalua High and Castle High. Galera has been recognized as the Hawai‘i National Distinguished High School Principal of the Year, Central O‘ahu District Principal of the Year and the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program’s Distinguished Teacher, 1989 (Washington, D.C.).

A graduate of Waipahu High School, Galera earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration and bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies at the University of Hawai‘i.

“Darrel has been instrumental in engaging the public all across the state to help build the blueprint for our public school system. His service on the board will help bridge the work of the Board of Education and the ESSA Team,” said Gov. Ige.

“It’s truly an honor and privilege to serve our students and schools. I’m inspired by Governor Ige’s vision and plan for public education in Hawai‘i,” Galera said.

Galera replaces Jim Williams who resigned from the board last month.

Link to photos of Mr. Galera’s swearing in ceremony:


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