WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's not just the first day of school for students: Some teachers are getting their start too.
Trenton McCullough is a brand a new teacher at Wahiawa Middle School, and he's ready for a big challenge.
"For me, you know, it's teaching, you stand up in front of the kids and you know you have some discussion, you give your lecture, you give out your homework, but there's so much to teaching," McCullough said. "Your classroom has to look good, you have to have all the materials ready for your kids, you gotta make sure they know what's going on, the parents know."
Throughout the summer, the Laie resident and BYU grad went through the Teach for America Program, teaching classes in Arizona, and doing everything he could to prepare for his first class.
He learned a wide array of skills. But the Washington native says one of them in particular is vital to know, especially in Hawaii.
"There's a big focus on being receptive to different kinds of cultures and backgrounds and things like that, and I think that plays a very important role, especially in Hawaii where its so many different cultures coming together," McCullough said. "That's something that I'm really passionate about, mixing the cultures together and seeing how we can all come together and work to find that goal."
Later this morning, McCullough will be doing the teaching, but he knows the students won't be the only ones learning.
"There's a lot to learn obviously but I'm excited to make new relationships with the kids and learn a lot from them obviously and to start to see them grow, and hopefully they can see me grow as a teacher as well and we can work together to have a great year."