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New Teachers Arrive in Hawaii Classrooms

Kristin Maurer prepares for her class lessons at Kanoelani Elementary. Kristin Maurer prepares for her class lessons at Kanoelani Elementary.
Summer Egan looks forward to continuing her teaching career at McKinley High. Summer Egan looks forward to continuing her teaching career at McKinley High.

by Kristine Uyeno

HONOLULU (KHNL) - This summer, the Dept. of Education faced a teacher shortage and officials were forced to recruit teachers from the mainland to help fill positions.

Now that school's underway, how are the new teachers doing?

Summer Egan, 22, who accepted a job at McKinley High School in Honolulu, says so far, so good.

She moved here from New York a month ago, sight unseen.

"I studied abroad once when I was in college and I love the traveling experience and I also knew they were desperate for teachers here," said Egan.

Kristin Maurer, also from New York, accepted a job as a special education teacher at Kanoelani Elementary School in Waipahu.

"They gave me a $4,500 relocation bonus," said Maurer.

The teachers we talked to say the biggest challenge they face is adjusting to the different cultures and way of life here in the Islands.

"I have to calm down and say, I'm in Hawaii, slow down. In New York, you have to pretty much get used to the fact that you're in a rush, when you're not in a rush," said Maurer.

Now they're taking advantage of living in paradise.

"I've seen many different beaches and experienced many new cultures and it's great to learn new things," said Maurer.

The teachers are under a one-year contract so they have some time to decide whether they'd like to remain in Hawaii.

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