Debra Cannoles, with a BBA from UH Hilo, is part of a group of 30 new teachers, all members of Teach For America-Hawai‘i now joining the education force on Hawai‘i Island.
A 2015 graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is now teaching at Keonepoko Elementary School in Pāhoa on Hawai‘i Island as part of the 2015 Teach for America-Hawai‘i cohort.
Debra Cannoles received her bachelor of business administration with concentrations in marketing, management and finance, and accounting from UH Hilo. Before that, she received an associate of arts in architectural drafting from Hawai‘i Community College.
Two Big Island high school graduates are part of a group of 30 new teachers, all members of Teach For America-Hawai’i, to join the education force on the Big Island.
The 30 Big Island teachers are part of a larger 90-person Teach For America-Hawai’i group, and a fraction of the 50,000 leaders who are committed to expanding educational opportunities across 52 urban and rural regions nationwide.
In partnership with the Hawai’i Department of Education, Teach for America-Hawai’i has worked to recruit and engage talented and committed teachers for a diverse array of backgrounds and academic interests to teach in rural schools.
Twenty-seven of the 90 members to join this fall are from Hawai’i. Eight are Native Hawaiian and twelve graduated from Hawai’i public schools.
Among them is Debra Cannoles, a graduate of Honoka’a High School and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.
“I’m excited to join the 2015 Teach For America–Hawai‘i corps and teach on my home island as part of the movement to help all students get a quality education,” said Cannoles. “As a single mother of two, I understand what’s at stake for the generation of keiki in our classrooms, and I’m passionate about getting into the classroom and making a difference.”
Cannoles is now at Keonepoko Elementary School.
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