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Educational Staff Leadership

A Message from the Co-Founder and Lead Teacher:

There comes a time in a person’s life when all of one’s past experiences, highlights and challenges, all converge to form a clear image of what was meant to be and what you are meant to do. Huakailani is my vision and teaching is what I was meant to do. When a vision is fueled by such passion, inspiration and commitment, something wonderful happens. That something wonderful is Huakailani School for Girls.

I taught for ten years in the mainland public school system and several years in the local Hawaii private school system. As a teacher, I could not make enough of an impact on providing the best education possible due to obstacles such as school regulations, policies, class sizes and programs that did not always have what was best for the students in mind.

In 2000, I designed and opened a small private elementary school in Kapolei, Hawaii and then became an elementary school Principal for a private school in Kailua, Hawaii in 2004. Although I enjoyed and loved my experiences varied as an administrator, something was missing. The missing piece was working with students and teaching.

Driven by my strong passion for educating young children and guided by my vision and commitment to offering a high quality education program to Oahu families, I put my vision into action. My “dream school” was to open an elementary school without bureaucratic and political obstacles. A school that focused on doing what is best for each student and helping each student reach her full potential. Propelled by the vision and support of my wonderful husband, who is the co-founder of the school, we made this dream a reality.

Why an all-girls school? Parents were finding that large sized co-ed classes were not meeting the needs of their children. Studies supported that girls and boys learn and think differently and that there were many benefits of single-gender classrooms. It seemed only natural to open a girls school because I am a female. A school specializing in the education of girls should be led and designed by a female.

Why only elementary school? Brain research supports that the greatest amount of cognitive growth takes place from birth to age 12. This makes the elementary school years a very critical period for laying a strong foundation socially, emotionally,cognitively and physically.

Huakailani School’s small-sized, private setting provides a wide variety of opportunities, experiences and resources/tools for increasing cognitive thinking skills, collaboration and problem solving skills, developing physical coordination, fostering creativity and imagination, building important social skills and positive, healthy self-concepts in a nurturing all-girls setting that specializes in supporting each student to reach her fullest potential. At Huakailani School your child is guaranteed individualized instruction.

The girls are taught by a very highly qualified team of dedicated and talented educators who have completed rigorous training in the school curriculum, methodology and best practices for children.  I am still involved with personally teaching all of the girls and developing and improving the program to match to support best teaching practices and current brain research. This makes our program a high caliber program that is fueled by many years of experience, vision and commitment.

Please join us on this wondrous new journey. Begin the journey for learning at Huakailani School for girls.

Sincerely,

Kaori Brown

 

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