Polynesian Cultural Center musician nominated for national educator award

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  • Mikaele63 ,
    Aug. 29, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    CONGRATULATIONS again to Sheena Alaiasa: It was announced during a special assembly at King Intermediate School on August 29, 2013, that she has been named the National Middle Level Principal of the Year by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

    Representatives from those two organizations, along with Hawaii State Governor Neil Abercrombie, and Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi as well as area lawmakers, were in attendance to congratulate the New Zealand-born principal, who also continues to work part-time at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

    "The nation now knows what we've known for four years about Sheena's extraordinary leadership," said Lea Albert, DOE complex area superintendent for the Castle-Kahuku schools. "She is humble, articulate and leads by example. Sheena represents everything we look for in educators and leaders."

    Sister Alaiasa's recognition includes grants totaling $5,000 and a return trip to Washington D.C. in September for a national learning institute event.

    — Mike Foley