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Teach for America-Hawaii alumni win state, national recognitions

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Teach for America-Hawaii announced on Friday that three of its alumni have recently received prestigious state and national recognitions.

Gabriel Nakashima, an alumni of the 2009 corps was recognized in this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the field of education for his work as a Founder of the Charter Substitute Teacher Network, a national organization with 320 employees that improves the charter school substitute system through rigorous sourcing, vetting and matching analytics, and engaging community stakeholders.

Takashi Ohno, also an alumni of the 2009 corps and currently a member of the Hawai'i House of Representatives, was selected as a prestigious Education Advocacy Fellow at The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now (50CAN), a nonprofit education organization that works at the local level to advocate for a high-quality education for all kids, regardless of their address.

Sarah Kern an alumni of the 2013 corps and a Kaiser High School graduate, has been selected this year as a Complex Area winner of the National Milken Educators of Hawai'i annual Teacher of Promise award. Sarah continues to be a leader on campus at Wai'anae High School, where she began her teaching career in 2013 as a Teach For America corps member, and where she works as a science teacher, co-science department head, and biology course-alike lead.

Teach For America-Hawai'i currently has nearly 280 teachers in Hawai'i schools, with 159 teachers in years 1 and 2 and 119 alumni teachers. These teachers impact at least 15,000 Hawai'i students, with many of these students in hard-to-staff schools on O'ahu's Leeward Coast or Hawai'i Island's Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa area.

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