Aloha! ʻO Kumu Corpion koʻu inoa. I am originally from the island of Maui and a Lahainaluna HS alumni. I've been living on Oahu since 2002. I attended UH Manoa and received my undergraduate degrees in English language and women's studies. I also earned a minor in French language. I then received my masters in teaching degree from Chaminade University.
My professional background has been primarily in counseling. I started off by working in a halfway house with adult offenders for a year to working at Hale Kipa with at risk youth for over 3 years. I also worked for PACT as a counselor/advocate, supporting female survivors of domestic violence on their road to healing. I found my way back to education after realizing how much I loved working with youth because of the impacts you can make in their lives. Adults are a lot trickier to work with. I've been with the DOE since 2012 first starting out as an educational assistant. I worked my way up to a sub teacher and finally received my teaching license December 2016. I originally intended to complete a masters degree in counseling psychology but my love of language, communication, reading and writing is what brought me to the classroom instead. I see it as my stage and opportunity to be on the front lines with students daily.
My educational philosophy includes fostering positive teacher/student relationships and getting to know each student as an individual first and foremost. I value learning about the things that make my students happy and strive to connect those interests to our ELA curriculum. Most of my teaching experience has been in a middle school setting, hence why I'm so focused on building relationships as those are the years in which students begin to drift towards adulthood and leave childhood behind. I worked for one semester teaching 8th grade language arts at King Intermediate school and then taught 7th grade language arts for the 2016-2017 school year at Moanalua Middle School. High school has it's own uniqueness and I'm certainly learning a lot from your children as we move through the 2017-2018 school year.
I can be reached via email or phone whenever you have questions or concerns or just simply want to say hello.
Mahalo nui loa for allowing me the opportunity to work with you and your child over the school year!