Local Connection: Teach for America

Local Connection: Teach for America

Aloha, my name is Kaitlin Miyashiro and I am proud to be a Teach For America- Hawai'i teacher at Waianae High School.

Although I was privileged to graduate from a private school, becoming a young, single mom really opened my eyes to public assistance and stereotypes.

My son and I were labeled "at-risk." The way others interacted with me changed.

But many young people in Hawai'i face hardships even more challenging than mine.

Poverty, teacher shortages, and a lack of campus resources often mean students in Hawai'i lose the opportunity for an excellent education.

I joined Teach For America to make a difference with at-risk keiki.

Teach For America recruits college graduates and professionals to teach at least two years in our underserved schools and to advocate for educational equity.

Thanks to Teach For America, I am a full-time licensed teacher.

I've grown as a person and leader because I'm constantly surrounded by amazing teachers, parents, and students, who teach me as much as I'd like to teach my students. And I'm giving back by preparing our kids to become the next leaders of Hawai'i.

You can join me as part of a movement that believes in the potential of all keiki.

Apply to Teach For America or refer a promising leader.

Visit hawaii.teachforamerica.org to learn more.