Makaha Elementary Principal Named Hawaii's 2017 National Distinguished Principal

The Hawaii Elementary and Middle Schools Administrators Association named Mr. Nelson Shigeta, Makaha Elementary, the 2017 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal on April 23, 2017. He will join awardees from the other 49 states in Washington D.C. in October.  He was one of eight administrators nominated.

"These school leaders possess strong collaborative values, working with their teachers and staff to create effective school communities to support students," said Deputy Superintendent Keith Hayashi. "Congratulations to all of the nominees, Principal Nelson Shigeta and the Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year Greg Nakasone."

Shigeta is a veteran educator who has spent many years on the Leeward Coast. He values technology and has identified ways to incorporate 21st Century Learning strategies to improve reading proficiency, and increased the number of 1:1 devices available to students in order to enhance access to leveled texts in each classroom. As a result, students have spent more than 5,000 hours reading a total of 19,000 books, and reading proficiency has improved in numerous areas.

"I'm humbled to be recognized, especially after hearing the stories of the other nominees," shared Shigeta. "Leadership is a team effort and one of the things I'm most proud of at Makaha Elementary School is my staff who work hard everyday to meet the needs of our students. This award means so much to me because it recognizes their commitment too."

In photo (top): Principal, Nelson Shigeta

In photo (bottom): Principal Nelson Shigeta and some of the staff of Makaha Elementary