HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A longtime educator at Hawaii's largest all-girls school is being recognized by the YWCA as one of their outstanding women of the year.
Betty White is the head of school at Sacred Hearts Academy and has dedicated more than four decades to educating Hawaii girls.
White was born in 1945, and grew up in rural Virginia in a family with seven children.
Her father was a mechanic and her mother stayed at home, sewing, cooking and caring for the family.
Back then, not a lot of women went to to college, but White knew that she would. After graduating from an all-girls college in Virginia, she went on to graduate school, where she met her husband. The two moved to Hawaii, where a friend lived, and raised three children here.
In 1971, White got a job at Sacred Hearts Academy as a social studies teacher.
"I always think of myself as a teacher," she said. "With teaching, you have that contact, that personal contact with children on a daily basis."
Then, about twenty years ago, she became head of school.
She says she is thrilled to be honored by the YWCA because she sees similarities between the organization and Sacred Hearts Academy.
"The mission of our school is very much in sync with the mission of the YWCA. Both institutions try to empower girls to be the best people they can be. "
At 70 years old, White says she is looking forward to retiring, maybe in the next few years. And when she does, she'll be happy knowing that in her 45 years at Sacred Hearts, she has left her mark on the lives of generations of Hawaii girls.