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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.

2021 Winner

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Rosa Bell (Spanish, James Campbell High School)

2020 Winners

2019 Winners

Will Smith (Japanese, Waipahu High School) & Anna Hawajska-Waters (German, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)

 2018 Winner

Edna Mayra Hickling (Spanish, Waipahu High School)

2017 Winners

Heather Paulino (Spanish, Moanalua High School) & Rachel Mamiya Hernandez (Portuguese & Spanish, UH Mānoa)

2016 Winners

Nancy Wysard (Spanish, Mid-Pacific Institute)

Heather Nylen (Spanish, UH Mānoa)

Previous Winners:

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