Hawaiʻi Principal of the Year is UH Mānoa alumna

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education alumna Laura Ahn was named the 2022 Hawaiʻi State Principal of the Year by the Hawaiʻi Association of Secondary School Administrators (HASSA).

Ahn, who is principal of Niu Valley Middle School, earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, post-baccalaureate in elementary education and master’s degree in educational administration (EDEA) from UH Mānoa.

“I believe it takes a particular individual to narrate to children in center faculty, and Laura was born for it,” mentioned Stacey Roberts, retired UH Mānoa EDEA professor and affiliate director of academic management applications in the Chaminade School of Education and Behavioral Science. “As a grasp’s scholar, she was full of power and enthusiasm and introduced that to each class. Not solely did she have a terrific sense of humor and nice tales, however she was additionally an empathic and devoted educator who actually cared about her college students and colleagues.”

Before changing into principal of Niu Valley Middle School, Ahn served as the principal of Kalihi Uka Elementary the place the campus received a Blue Ribbon Award in 2018. She was additionally the vice principal of Kalani High School, vice principal of Kaʻahumanu Elementary, and a trainer at Kauluwela Elementary.

“Since childhood, I at all times admired my academics and wished to turn out to be one of them,” Ahn said. “During my grasp’s program in academic administration, my advisor Dr. Stacy Roberts and professors had been instrumental in encouraging and mentoring me in the proper route.”

Ahn joined Niu Valley Middle School’s administration throughout a difficult interval after they had misplaced greater than half of their veteran academics. Despite the influence on scholar efficiency, Ahn labored to stabilize workers turnover and scholar achievement, resulting in a 100% commencement charge and 95% attendance charge. The quantity of licensed academics additionally elevated by almost 10 factors, reaching 100% for 2 consecutive years.

“Success occurs when you have got the proper individuals sitting in the proper locations,”Ahn added. “My coordinators, VPs, academics, and workers are my entrance line, and so they deserve this win!”

More on HASSA

Created in 1980, HASSA is the native affiliate of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and yearly honors a center or highschool principal who has demonstrated excellent management and a robust dedication to their faculty’s college students, workers and neighborhood.


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