Waikiki Elementary teacher Catherine Caine says teaching offers her “joy and an intellectual challenge on a daily basis.”
“I treasure the moments when authentic learning becomes linked to my instructional outcomes and transforms the teaching and learning process from practice into art,” she said in a Department of Education release Wednesday announcing the news that she’s been named one of four finalists for the 2015 National Teacher of the Year Award.
“The process of guiding my students to learn ‘how’ to think and not ‘what’ to think sustains my love for the profession,” she said.
Caine, who won the Hawaii State Teacher of the Year award, has taught at Waikiki Elementary for the past 23 years. The DOE says her focus has been on critical thinking, project-based learning, Habits of Mind and Philosophy for Children, a program Civil Beat wrote about when the Dalai Lama visited the islands a few years ago.
“We are thrilled and couldn’t be more proud of having Catherine represent Hawaii,” Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said in the release. “She exemplifies key qualities of an effective educator. Her passion for teaching is evident in her classroom and school campus, as well as in her dedication to share her expertise with peers and advance the profession.”