I'm known as "Coach Uila" to most students and this is my 10th year as a teacher at KHIS. I was born and raised in Laie and graduated from Kahuku in 1993. My husband, Kawika, is also a Kahuku graduate and works at BYU-Hawaii. We live in Laie and enjoy spending time with our large extended family!
I teach AVID, an Academic Elective class which focuses on preparing students for college, and mainly work with Juniors and Seniors. Last year, we graduated 21 AVID Seniors. All but 4 of them will be in college this year, while the rest will join them after serving a church mission. The AVID Class of 2014 earned over $325,000 in scholarships and I'm so proud of each one of them. This year, I'm excited to teach a 7th & 8th grade AVID class as well. I've also been the AVID Coordinator since the program first began at KHIS in 2004. We have nearly 170 students in grades 7-12 in our school's AVID program. We're happy to welcome to our AVID team, Ms. Lisa Kellert, who will be our new AVID Coordinator as well as the school's College Counselor.
In addition to AVID, I also teach Environmental Resource Management which focuses on Sustainability. In addition to learning about various types of energy and sustainability concepts, students in this class are a part of our Green School Initiative and assist with our Cafeteria Compost, Campus Recycling, and Aquaponics projects. As the Sustainability Coordinator, I am helping the school become a more sustainable and earth friendly campus and work with community partners such as the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and First Wind to accomplish this.
I enjoy teaching and especially helping students reach their potential. I love to see the fire in students when they are engaged in learning and motivated to achieve their goals. I feel it's so important to give students opportunities to learn outside of the classroom and encourage them to give meaningful service whenever possible. I am a proud Red Raider for Life (RR4L)! GO BIG RED!!!
2014 - Renewable Energy Education Certificate
2007 - Brigham Young University of Hawaii, Alternative Licensing Program
2001 - Oklahoma City University School of Law, Juris Doctorate
1997 - Chaminade University of Honolulu, B.A. History & Political Science
2018 - Present: Vice-Principal, Kahuku High & Intermediate School
2015 - 2017: Vice-Principal, Laie Elementary School
2005 - 2015: Teacher, Kahuku High & Intermediate School
2013 - Present: Board Member, Ko'olauloa Educational Alliance Corporation (KEAC)
2013 - 2014: Resource Coordinator, Kahuku Elderly Hauoli Hale
2007 - 2010: Girls Volleyball Head Coach, Kahuku High & Intermediate School
2007: Special Instructor, Brigham Young University-Hawaii
2004 - 2005: Program Coordinator, Education-1st Hawaii
2002 - 2004: Law Clerk, State of Hawaii - Family Court of the First Circuit