Terry Urata was nominated by his 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 Mr. Urata.
Most custodians go un-noticed and un-recognized for their contribution to their schools. We sometimes take for granted the amount of work it takes on a regular basis just to keep up with the normal maintenance. Ali'iolani Elementary School is clean, safe, and beautiful because of Mr. Urata's efforts. As Head Custodian, he proactively anticipates needs throughout the campus, whether it be in the classroom/office, out on the field, or at school events. The job he does impacts everyone on campus.
Mr. Urata changes lives, but what makes him a LifeChanger is that in addition to doing what the job description states, he goes beyond by being a volunteer to support after-school programs like pine-derby, robotics, and the STEM Club. He built the pine-derby race track and teaches students to build their own race-cars. He transformed an old used golf cart into an awesome example of school pride and excellence. Currently, he is finishing up the school LED Marquee he made from scratch.
It's not just the big things he does like those mentioned above that make a difference. Without a big to-do, he will drop off a home lunch or package left in the office to its destination, bring in flowers blooming on campus for the office and teachers, or offer simple reminders to help life go smoother. Mr. Urata is a leader in his school because of his quality workmanship and planning, but he is a LifeChanger because he does these things for everyone who steps on campus.