Two Hawai’i teachers honored with Milken awardsPosted on Feb 27, 2017 in Featured
This year’s winners, who were surprised at school ceremonies last month, impressed the Milken Family Foundation with their innovative lessons in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Masaru Uchino, a third-grade teacher at Momilani Elementary School in Pearl City and Kelly Sutcliffe, a fourth-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary in Waikīkī were praised for making learning fun with hands-on science experiments to understand real-world issues such as climate change and sustainability.
Both philanthropist Lowell Milken and the governor praised the teachers for their ability to inspire students. “These students are on a path to become the innovators and visionaries of the future,” said Milken.
As for the teachers, they credited their students for keeping them motivated. Said Sutcliffe, “I can remember the teachers who had an impact on me. I’m just hoping I can have that kind of impact on my students.” Uchino shared what he tells his students: “The world is constantly changing. The more educated you are, the bigger your world becomes.”