HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Congratulations are in order for Molokai High School librarian Diane Mokuau.
She was named as the 2019 Hawaii State Teachers Association Educator of the Year — one of the highest honors for teachers in the state.
Mokuau was recognized Saturday at the 47th annual State Convention at the Hawaii Convention Center.
She earned the distinction for her dedication to advocating for teachers while improving opportunities for students and ensuring technology is accessible to all.
“With her skills honed over the years, Diane has put her organizing into action for her community. She also advocates for non-classroom teachers and rural school faculties and the challenges faced by both of those constituencies,” HSTA Vice President Osa Tui Jr. said.
“She has worked hard to ensure that her library is well utilized, often operating at maximum capacity. Her acquisitions over the years of various technology and customized resources help to ensure that student literacy is improved and sustained and can target all levels of students throughout her school,” Tui added.
Mokuau has worked in education at various levels for more than 20 years. She also serves as the HSTA’s Molokai Chapter secretary, and is a key member on the association’s Negotiations Committee and holds many more roles.
She graciously accepted the award on behalf of educators across the state.
“If not for the tremendous support from my peers and the strength of relationships developed through shared efforts, I would not be standing here,” Mokuau said.
“In accepting this award, I am representing all of us, our schools and our futures as shaped by our students. This is why we are here. This is what we do. This is our purpose, and we cannot do it alone. This is why I am involved with HSTA and represent the sum total of everyone who has influenced, taught and supported me,” she added.
The award now puts her in the running for the NEA Foundation’s 2020 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.