Recruited Teachers Decide Whether to Stay

Kristin Maurer
Kristin Maurer

WAIPAHU (KHNL) - For many teachers, it's a time to clean up their classrooms and get ready for summer.  But for some, it's also a time to make an important decision.

Last year, education officials recruited teachers from the Mainland to fill vacant positions.

For some, it was their first job out of college. We caught up with two teachers to find out what their first year was like and if they've decided to stay.

Ten months ago, Kristin Maurer was getting ready for the first day of school. She received a $4,500 relocation bonus to move here from the East Coast.

"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," she said in Aug. 1, 2006.

That was then, this is now.

"When I went back for Christmas in December, everything was so fast it was crazy," she said.

She's adapted to Hawaii. But her first year of teaching and living here did have its challenges.

"At school, the funding's a really big issue, just getting the money to really help the students not only special education but the regular education students as well," said Maurer.

Lack of funding caused her to lose her position at Kanoelani. She now teaches at Waikele Elementary. Despite the job transfer, the 23-year-old has decided to remain here.

"The weather's definitely a plus, I love the beach and the people are really nice," said Maurer.

Maurer says the support she's received from staff and faculty members here, also influenced her decision to stay.

We also met Summer Egan last year, who also moved here from New York for her first teaching job. She's decided to leave McKinley High School to go to grad school. They're going separate ways, but will continue to learn important lessons about their careers and their lives.

"There were so many good things that outweighed the bad things, I can't imagine going back to New York right now," she said.