Vote for your favorite teacher in the Be a Hero. Be a Teacher. contest

Do you know a teacher who has been a hero in your life or is working every day to make a difference in the lives of Hawaii’s keiki? UH System and the Hawaii State Department of Education are recognizing these dedicated men and women working in our community in the “Be A Hero. Be a Teacher.” contest. HI Now invited the dean of the UH Manoa, College of Education, Nathan Murata, along with teacher candidates Megan Escalona, from UH Hilo, and Griselda Kelly Teacher Candidate, from UH West Oahu, on set to tell us more about the nomination process.

Visit the Hawaii News Now Facebook page and submit your nomination. Share the stories of a teacher you admire and nominate an individual who deserves recognition and is truly a teaching hero. You will be promoted to tell us which Hawaii teacher was a hero for you and why?

Nomination rules:

1. Must be a teacher who taught in the State of Hawaii.

2. Nominations are open to current and past teachers.

3. Nominee can be from public, private, or charter schools.

4. Nominee can be pre-K to 12th grade.

Head to the Hawaii News Now Facebook page and submit your nomination.

About Be a Hero. Be a Teacher.

A simple message that the University of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiʻi Department of Education (HIDOE) wants heard across the state in an effort to address Hawaiʻi’s teacher shortage. UH and HIDOE are committing about $100,000 for a television and digital advertising campaign to promote that message.

“Be a hero. Be a teacher.” is a media campaign designed to inspire high school and college students and working professionals to consider a career in education by highlighting the benefits and rewards of being a teacher. Consisting of a 30 second Public Service Announcement version, a two-and-a-half minute slam poetry video—written and performed by a teacher—and a website, the campaign is among a number of steps being taken by UH and HIDOE to address the state’s teacher shortage. The shortage has grown from 300-plus vacancies statewide in 2013, to more than 550 in fall 2018.

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