Dream Big Teacher Challenge: A Big Island elementary teacher hopes to build a telescope observatory

A Big Island teacher is in the running for a $100K grant from Farmers Insurance.

Dream Big Teacher Challenge: A Big Island elementary teacher hopes to build a telescope observatory
A Big Island elementary teacher is a finalist in the Dream Big Teacher Challenge.

CAPTAIN COOK (HawaiiNewsNow) - It’s not a $1.6 billion dollar jackpot, but some local teachers are in the running for a ton of money to help their students.

Farmers Insurance is giving $100,000 dollars to five teachers across the country for innovative programs.

There are 15 finalists and three are from Hawaii including an elementary school teacher on the Big Island.

Billy V traveled to the Big Island to talk story with to one of those special teachers this morning about what she hopes to accomplish if she wins.

Leimamo Lind-Strauss teaches third grade at tiny Hookena Elementary School in Captain Cook.

If she gets the prized award, she would use the money to build a telescope observatory at the school.

She left the business world to become a teacher – first as a substitute now – as a full-time teacher.

To cast your vote for the Dream Big Teacher Challenge, click here.

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