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Hawaii teacher selected as finalist for National Teacher of the Year title

Courtesy: Hawaii Public Schools Courtesy: Hawaii Public Schools
WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Waikiki Elementary teacher has been named one of four finalists for the 2015 National Teacher of the Year Award, one of the country's most prestigious education honors, the state Department of Education announced Wednesday.

“She exemplifies key qualities of an effective educator,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi in a statement. “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.”

Catherine Caine, who teaches second-grade students, was recognized as Hawaii's 2015 Teacher of the Year. She has been a teacher at Waikiki since 1992. Caine is also a mentor teacher and coordinator for University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University's teacher development programs.

As a national board-certified teacher, Caine is Hawaii's first national finalist since Derek Minakami earned the nomination in 2001.

“Teaching presents joy and an intellectual challenge on a daily basis for me,” Caine said.

The other finalists include Anne Marie Corgill from Alabama, Kathy Nimmer from Indiana and Shanna Peeples from Texas. The winner will be announced in April and will spend a year traveling the nation to represent educators and advocate on behalf of teachers.

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