LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Trisha Kodama

Position: STEM Teacher
School: Ali'iolani Elementary School
School District: Hawaii Public Schools
City, State: Honolulu, HI

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Trisha Kodama was nominated by her colleague, Maraget Miura.

Ali'iolani Elementary School is not just a place where students go to learn and adults go to work. This special place is full of LifeChangers. Everyone on campus takes on many roles regardless of the title on their name tag: student, teacher, administrator, custodian, cafeteria manager/worker, and staff. One such person is Mrs. Kodama.

Before taking on a new role this school year as the STEM/Technology Resource Teacher, Mrs. Kodama was a fourth and fifth grade classroom teacher. For most people, having to change from a position that you love doing to one that may not be clearly defined may be asking for a lot. Knowing that the responsibilities of this new position would encompass the whole school, however, Mrs. Kodama embraced the challenge whole-heartedly. In addition to teaching all computer/tech lessons to all grade levels, she supports the classroom teachers with the science curriculum, manages the library, and coordinates the electronic hardware and computer network for the school campus.

Her leadership style stems from modeling lessons and focusing on accountability. She does this because she is committed to educating students and making the world a better place. She does not settle for less than the best in herself and in others.

Like many other faculty and staff members, Mrs. Kodama is always willing to help out at functions and events at school. She regularly pursues professional development opportunities for the purpose of bringing back resources and what she learned to the rest of the school. She is willing to share what she learns with enthusiasm to directly support and excite students, teachers, and staff. Mrs. Kodama is definitely a LifeChanger!