HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Department of Education announced its 2012 "Employee of the Year" and "Team of the Year" awards during a ceremony at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium on Friday.
Delcinda Saito, a teacher at the DOE's Central District Office and a state employee of 19 years, took home the top individual honor as the 2012 Employee of the Year. Saito works primarily with special needs students, having established a Peer Tutoring program and coordinated such events as the Great Aloha Kids Run and the Sony Open Jr. Challenge.
The cafeteria staff at Mililani Ike Elementary School was named 2012 DOE Team of the Year. Through an annual "Lunch with your Child" program, the team has cooked more than 900 additional meals for parents spending time with their children.
The Department of Education's Team of the Year Award "recognizes individuals who clearly demonstrate the benefits of working together and that the whole team is greater than the sum of its parts."
The following is a complete list of award recipients:
Sustained Superior Performance Award (5 recipients): for exemplary service and consistent superior performance over a period of not less than 12 consecutive months.
· Roslyn Fujimoto, School Administrative Services Assistant, Mililani Mauka Elementary School, Central Oahu District.
. Edgardo Parma, Custodian, Kapolei High School, Leeward Oahu District.
· Delcinda Saito, Central District Office Teacher, Central Oahu District.
· Susan Togo, School Administrative Services Assistant, Kaala Elementary School, Central Oahu District.
· Maile Viela, Counselor, Waihee Elementary School, Maui District.
• DOE Employee of the Year (selected from among the 5 awardees)
Delcinda Saito, Central District Office Teacher, Central Oahu District.
• Team Excellence Award of Merit (8 team recipients): recognizes individuals who clearly demonstrate the benefits of working together.
• Central District Band Directors, Central Oahu District: Keith Fukumoto, Leon Burton, Steven Agasa, Debbie Agpaoa, Derek Kaapana, Bryan Hirata, Curtis Hiyane, Grant Otomo, Alan Kinoshita, Ian Cablay, Matthew Momohara, Keane Ishii, Lorrie Ujimori, Elden Seta, Ryan Howe, Chelsea Fujitani, Mark Falzarano.
•Mililani Ike Cafeteria Team, Central Oahu District: Debbie Pa, Thelma Wilcher, Valerie Watanabe, Devie Nakamura, Hener Sison, Sharon Kim, Derek Kajihiro, Sherrie Balasbas.
•Maui Complex Support Team, Maui District: Wendy Heyd and Ignacio Arcas.
•Makawao Elementary School Grade 3 Teachers, Maui District: Amanda Valentine-Borling, Justin St. John, Julie Bykowski, Karen Robledo.
•Race to the Top Detail Expenditure Reporting Team, DOE Office of Fiscal Services: Trisha Kaneshiro, Darnelle Ng, Ken Kuraya, Maelin Ibara, Linda Unten.
•Waihee Warrior Educational Assistants, Maui District: Leilani Hiraide, Marcia Siminski, Milla Richardson, Marieta Anoba, Jorie-Ann Goo, Shirles Inciong, Palma Cabos, Sarah Oberg, Kelly Mitchell.
•Robotics Team at Kapolei High School, Leeward Oahu District: Jason Yanase, Terry Shimabukuro, Estan Reynon, Stacie Inouye, Reid Kawamura, Pauline Sawai, Sheryl Kuroda, Lynne Yamaguchi, Myles Okoji, Gary Sawai.
•The Kauai Parent Community Networking Center Facilitator Team: Shayda Marciel, Bridget Arume, Melanie Furugen, Gloria Aqui, Connie Castaneda, Nancy Borilez, Maureen Contrades-Brun, Janet Koors, Sue Saldana, Eula Taala.
•DOE Team of the Year (selected from among the 8 team awardees)
Mililani Ike Cafeteria Team, Central Oahu District: Debbie Pa, Thelma Wilcher, Valerie Watanabe, Devie Nakamura, Hener Sison, Sharon Kim, Derek Kajihiro, Sherrie Balasbas.