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HALT Excellence in Teaching Award

With the generous sponsorship of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, HALT typically recognizes two outstanding world language teachers (K-12, Higher Education) each year.

Nominators and nominees must be current HALT members in good standing. The HALT K-12 award winner will be HALT’s nominee for the SWCOLT regional Teacher of the Year.  HALT will provide travel support to help defray the nominee’s travel expenses.

2019 Winners

Will Smith (Japanese), Waipahu High School

Anna Hawajska-Waters (German), University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

 2018 Winner

Edna Mayra Hickling (Spanish, Waipahu High School)

2017 Winners

Heather Paulino (Spanish, Moanalua High School)

 Rachel Mamiya Hernandez (Portuguese & Spanish, UH Manoa). Bravo!

2016 Winners

Nancy Wysard (Spanish, Mid-Pacific Institute)

Heather Nylen (Spanish, UH Manoa).

Previous Winners:

  • 2015: Heui Chung Daisy Pei (Chinese, Mid-Pacific Institute) and Luisa Kou (Spanish, UH Manoa).
  • 2014: Guia Melo (Spanish, ‘Iolani School) and Ron Kekeha Solis (Hawaiian, UH Manoa).
  • 2013: Kim Galante Wong, Spanish, UH Manoa
  • 2013: Linda Fujikawa, Japanese, Kapiolani Community College
  • 2012: Noriko Fujimoto-Vergel, Japanese, Island Pacific Academy
  • 2012: Sheldon Ormsby, Spanish, Mililani High School
  • 2011: Satoru Shinagawa, Japanese, Kapiolani Community College
  • 2010: Marta Gonzalez-Lloret, Spanish, LLEA, UH Manoa
  • 2010: Sam L. “Noea‘u” Warner, Hawaiian, UH Manoa
  • 2010: Melvina Kurashige, Japanese, Mid-Pacific Institute
  • 2009: Chie Tanaka Roessler, Japanese, Kauai High School
  • 2009: Chhany Sak-Humphry, Khmer (Cambodian), IPLL, UH Manoa
  • 2008: Aumua Mataitusi Simanu Papalii, Samoan, IPLL, UH Manoa
  • 2008: Lyanne Iwamoto, Spanish, Roosevelt High School
  • 2007: Esther Rodrigo Diez, Spanish, LLEA, UH Manoa
  • 2007: Anne Marie Shim, Spanish, Mid-Pacific Institute
  • 2006: Lucia Aranda, Spanish, LLEA, UH Manoa
  • 2006: Kathryn A. Klingebiel, French, Welsh, LLEA, UH Manoa
  • 2005: Cindy Wong, Japanese, Aiea High School
  • 2005: Tess Lane, Spanish, Hawai’i Pacific University
  • 2004: Naomi Hirano-Omizo, Japanese, Punahou School
  • 2004: John Mayer, Samoan, HIPLL, UH Manoa
  • 2003: Sue Fujitani, Chinese, Kapi‘olani CC
  • 2003: Meg Uehara, Japanese, McKinley High School
  • 2002: Junko Hanai Agena, Japanese, Aina Haina Elementary
  • 2002: Gary Kanada, Hawaiian and Japanese, Hawai‘i Pacific University
  • 2001: Jan Asato, Japanese, Punahou School
  • 2001: Luz-Marina Barnard, Spanish LLEA, UH Manoa
  • 2001: Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, Filipino, HIPLL, UH Manoa
  • 2000: Stephen Fleming, Chinese, NFLRC, UH Manoa
  • 2000: Lily Liu, Chinese, Maryknoll School
  • 1999: Mia Asari, Japanese, Pearl City Highlands
  • 1999: Paul Chandler, Spanish, LLEA, UH Manoa
  • 1999: Elizabeth Kauahipaula, Hawaiian, Waiau Elementary School
  • 1998: William Burgwinkle, French LLEA, UH Manoa
  • 1998: Vanny Clay, French, Punahou School
  • 1998: Pat Harpstrite, Spanish, LLEA, UH Manoa
  • 1997: Carol Beresiwsky, Spanish/French, Kapi‘olani CC
  • 1997: Melodee Metzger, Spanish, LLEA, UH Manoa
  • 1994: Kyoko Hijirida, Japanese, EALL, UH Manoa
  • 1994: Joy Logan, Spanish, LLEA, UH Manoa
  • 1994: Cindy Ning, Chinese, CCS, UH Manoa
  • 1993: Teresita Ramos, Filipino, HIPLL, UH Manoa
  • 1992: Austin Dias, Spanish, LLEA, UH Manoa
  • 1990: Hiromi Peterson, Japanese, Punahou School
2012 Excellence in Teaching Award Winners: Noriko Fujimoto-Vergal (Island Pacific Academy - Japanese) on the left and Sheldon Ormsby (Mililani High School - Spanish) on the right. HALT President Satoru Shinagawa stands with them in the center.
2012 Excellence in Teaching Award Winners: Noriko Fujimoto-Vergal (Island Pacific Academy – Japanese) on the left and Sheldon Ormsby (Mililani High School – Spanish) on the right. HALT President Satoru Shinagawa stands with them in the center.
Awardees

From left to right, first row:  Vanny Clay, Jan Asato, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, Luz-Marina Barnard, Kyoko Hijirida, Teresita Ramos.
From left to right, second row: Hiromi Peterson, Carol Beresiwsky, Cindy Ning, Melodee Metzger, Paul Chandler, Austin Dias.

For more details, contact:
Lynette Fujimori
HALT Excellence in Teaching Awards Committee Chair