2017 Kapi‘olani CC Awardees

2017 Kapi‘olani CC Awardees

At the end of every academic year, Kapi‘olani Community College recognizes its faculty and staff who receive an outstanding achievement or leadership award. This is the season for celebration, so it is fitting to recognize these members of the College who earn  recognition for the work they do and practice “Kūlia i ka Nu‘u” with pride and respect.

Alfred (Alfie) Gonzales

Wo Learning Champion for Generation XII
It gives me much joy and satisfaction to see students develop their leadership skills during their time spent at the College. We have incredible student leaders and with the best practices gleaned from the Wo Learning Champions, I am confident our students will be even more amazing. Working with students gives me a natural high, and watching them graduate reminds me of why I love what I do.

Jaclyn Lindo

Community College Leadership Champion
Since starting to teach in 2014, my life has been enriched by colleagues and the campus setting. I am especially grateful to explore new instructional methodologies and my teaching experience has been forever transformed since incorporating ‘āina-based learning in my classes. Creating and sharing these culturally significant service learning experiences with my students have given me the opportunity to connect more meaningfully with them and to observe them as they prepare to face the challenges facing Hawai‘i’s communities.

Kelli Nakamura

Wo Learning Champion for Generation XII
I am honored to be selected as a Wo Learning Champion for Generation XII. I am committed to better understand the needs of our students by collaborating with other faculty across-the- system. As a lifelong learner, I know how transforming and empowering education can be and I seize this opportunity to enhance my ability to support student engagement, learning and achievement.

Emily Jo Noschese

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
I began lecturing in American Sign Language at Kapi‘olani CC in 2014. I enjoy everything about teaching, especially when I see how I can ignite interest and a desire to learn in students. My advice to anyone is to do what you enjoy; be happy at what you do. If not, find strength from within yourself to do the right thing and you will find purpose for the gifts you were given.

Cheri Souza

Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching
My counseling philosophy is student-focused, holistic, and motivational; encouraging students to achieve their goals and dreams through authentic conversations and holistic development. I help students develop not only academically, but socially and emotionally through engagement with campus resources. This philosophy encourages students to “Kūlia i ka Nu‘u” throughout their KCC journey.

Nathaniel Weeks

2017 Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Award
Note: On even-years, this award recognizes a faculty who has made outstanding contributions in the area of career and technical education. On odd-years, a student majoring in a CTE program is recognized. Nathaniel is a student in the Information Technology Associate in Science Degree Program. He currently maintains a 3.8 GPA and plans to transfer to UH-West O‘ahu for a Bachelor’s of Applied Science (BAS) Degree with a concentration in Information Security and Assurance. Nathaniel is co-founder and vice-president of the Information and Communications Technology Club. He also leads a website group which does penetration testing as a community service for local companies. In his free time, he mentors and collaborates with fellow students in the computer lab.

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