Position: Tenth Grade and AP English Teacher
School: Waiakea High School
School District: Hawaii Public Schools
City, State: Hilo, HI
Sarah Polloi was nominated by an anonymous student.
"I once told my friends that 'I want to be like Mrs. Polloi when I'm older.' She's so strong, capable, and inspirational, which is exactly the kind of woman I want to be when I grow up," the nominator said. "Mrs. Polloi is known as the 'fun' and 'nice' teacher, but she's far more than that. Her classes are structured in such a way that time flies by, and the students don't even realize that they're learning something. She truly makes school more fun."
"My favorite parts of her class are the frequent discussions we have," the nominator said. "They encourage students to examine the literature, their own lives, and even their way of thinking. I've noticed many of my peers become more comfortable voicing their opinions, which is absolutely incredible. Additionally, the discussions have a way of shaping my thinking. I've been known to exclaim that something one of my classmates had said 'blew my mind.' It's really special that Mrs. Polloi is able to facilitate learning between students so well."
"I've always enjoyed reading and writing, but it wasn't until Mrs. Polloi's class that I finally felt like a true writer," the nominator continued. "She's not only amazing at helping students learn, but she also empowers every teenager she teaches. She made me feel like I could do anything I set my mind to. I have written some of my best pieces for her classes, and I know many of my classmates would say the same."
Mrs. Polloi is also very enthusiastic about Waiakea High School in other ways. She is currently the freshman class advisor, and she goes out of her way to encourage other clubs and activities. Mrs. Polloi participates in school rallies and performances, and she never fails to leave people cheering.
"She is an all-around amazing person, and I couldn't be more lucky to have her as a teacher," said her nominator.