Brad Chun was nominated by his colleague, Kaydi Hashima.
"Early in the morning, before the sun even peeks over the Waianae Mountains, Mr. Chun is already hard at work at Nanakuli Elementary School. As a relatively new fourth grade teacher, I am always greeted with a warm 'Good morning,' along with a quick chat about our weekends or some small talk about sports to start the day off right. Mr. Chun then heads straight to the recess field and basketball courts to check for any safety hazards that might have popped up over night; and by 6:45 a.m., students are trickling onto campus. Who do they head towards? Mr. Chun, of course!
Without hesitation, the students jump right in, helping him carry out and set up sports equipment for recess. They converse, laugh, and play around with their favorite teacher/coach. Because of his long tenure in this community, many students have parents who were taught by Mr. Chun, and he has developed great relationships with all of our students. To outsiders, Mr. Chun may simply look like a P.E. teacher, but to the students of Nanakuli Elementary, he is so much more than that.
Mr. Chun is the reason students rush to school bright and early just to lend a helping hand. He is their voice of reason during conflicts on the field, and he is exactly whom the kids look forward to chatting with after long sessions in the classroom.
Mr. Chun is selfless in every way, always putting students first. He believes in them and raises them as his own by generously teaching them how to play the various sports properly; but more importantly, he also teaches the importance of 'Playing with Aloha'—the title of a video he produced a few years ago to show incoming students the Nanakuli way.
To some, Mr. Chun is simply a P.E. coach, but to our children of Nanakuli Elementary School, he is the Golden Sunshine (our school mascot) they need to brighten up their day."