Welcome to B4!

Hello and Happy School Year 2016!

I know I may look somewhat like a student here at Pauoa Elementary, (even smaller than some…), but as a matter of fact, this will be my fourth year as a first grade teacher! 🙂 My love for this school grows more and more each year. Everything from the supportive staff and families, to the delicious school lunches, to of course, the always so amazing students. These things and more make my work days so much more enjoyable! You know what they say, “If you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life!” (Even though we here at Pauoa strive to constantly do good, hard work!)

Nonetheless, I really do enjoy coming to work every day.  I truly believe it is essential for a teacher to enjoy teaching, in order for her students to love learning.  I stumbled upon a quote that said just that, “Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.”  That, in a nutshell, is my teaching philosophy.  I wish to foster students who have a genuine love for learning and a hunger to continuously learn, in order to become lifelong learners.  As lifelong learners, I believe students become constant problem solvers, incessantly inquisitive, and successful citizens in the “real world.”  I also find it important for children to be people with good hearts.  This means my students will be thoughtful, honest, and kind.   They will always try to do their best and be the best they can be.  I know it may sound cheesy, but in the world we live in nowadays, a good-hearted person is sometimes hard to come by.  I want my students to be the ones that make people say, “There are still good people in this world.”  That makes my heart happy! 🙂

This year, I have the pleasure of working with two amazing hard-working ladies, Mrs. Newton and Mrs. Derby!  It is our goal to cultivate a genuine love for learning within our students.  We plan on doing this by creating and upholding a positive learning environment and experience for all of our first graders.  If our students can’t learn in the way we teach, it is our responsibility and duty to teach in a way they can all learn.  Starting the year off with getting to know our students, as well as our students getting to know us and each other, and just constructing those positive relationships, is the best way we feel we will be able to start to build the best environment suitable for learners and growers.  We are extremely happy to see that our students are already so enthusiastic about learning, and we are excited to see what this year has in store for us!

Please say, “Hello!” if you see me on campus and remember… It’s ONEderful to be in first grade at Pauoa!

Very truly yours,
Ms. Hanaoka

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