This is a story of a job done well.
No job would exist if it weren't needed...the carpenter to build the house...the doctor to treat the sick...the first responder to keep us safe. No job is more important than the other.
Yet, there are some jobs that don't recieve the recognition they deserve. One
is the teacher. They mold the citizens and leaders of tomorrow. They help
prepare our children to go into the world with the skills and knowledge
needed to be productive and healthy citizens. Their greatest joy can be a child that wants to learn. They spend endless extra hours at what they do and frequently pay for needed supplies and materials from their own pocket.
A Job Well Done
Monday, March 25, 2019
Dana Kobashigawa is a RHS'69 grad
who answered the DOE call for
special education teachers. In the
Summer of 2001 she moved to the
administration side as vice-principal
at Ewa Elementary School.
Her heart was with the middle schools
and transfered to Kapolei Middle
School, "with middle schools, after
one year you know whether you
belong, because you either love
these kids and age group or you
didn't. There is no in between.
I love these kids and this crazy
Like most teachers, Dana tells people she's nothing special, just an everyday do-your-job Vice Principal.
There is, of course, no such thing.
When she started her admin career someone told her to keep the thank you cards and notes she gets because they will lift her up. So she did and taped them next to her desk. As she prepared for retirement and was cleaning her office she carefully packed them away.
We wish Dana Kobashigawa a happy retirement. She
leaves behind a legacy that can inspire all teachers
and help them understand the impact each has on
the children they teach.
Something like this shows the impact a teacher - or
anyone - can have on those around them if they truly
care about what they do.
The are jobs some people do because - it's a job. There are jobs some others do because it's a passion and they give their heart and soul to it.
JoAnn Oshima presents the story of a RHS'69 grad who
had almost a thousand people turn out to wish her well as she retired from...her passion.
In most cases, without fanfare, they quietly go about their life's work. But
once in a while, a educator has such an impact that their students are
complelled to reach back.
Dana was preparded to quietly leave the school for the last time.
But then, in the morning of December 7th last year, almost the entire available Kapolei Middle School student body turned out to wish her well. More than a thousand students had a special send-off for their beloved educator.
Dana has joined the RHS'69 Reunion Committee and already has them behaving better.