Nānākuli-Wai’anae Complex Area

Waianae High School Counselor Among Finalists for 2019 School Counselor of the Year

In October 2018, Ms. Desire DeSoto, a counselor from Waianae High School, was named one of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) 2019 School Counselor of the Year finalists.  Ms. DeSoto will join the other five finalists in Washington, D.C. in the Summer to be honored and formally recognized at an award ceremony.
At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Ms. DeSoto was named the 2018 Hawaii School Counselor of the Year.  She has been working at Waianae High School (WHS) for over 20 years, in which she started off as a Special Education Teacher and Swim Team Coach and later becoming an Academic Counselor.  Mr. Ryan Oshita, WHS Vice Principal, described her as someone who "champions the fight for educational equity and opportunities for minorities, economically disadvantaged, first generation to graduate high school/attend college, Special Education, and Native Hawaiian students."  In a community that is defined by poverty, Ms. DeSoto realizes that planting seeds of hope for the future encourages students to recognize attending college is realistic and attainable. 
Congratulations to Ms. DeSoto and thank you for all that you do for the Waianae community.