Position: Retiring Fine Arts Teacher and Yearbook Advisor
School: Wallace Rider Farrington High School
School District: Hawaii Public Schools
City, State: Honolulu, HI
Music that Describes Lloyd
Lloyd Yamasaki was nominated by his colleague, Glenda Lau.
Mr. Yamasaki has been a public school educator for over 30 years. He taught at Lanai High School from 1989-1991, Ilima Intermediate School from 1991-1993, and Wallace Rider Farrington High School from 1994-2020. Mr. Yamasaki initially taught fine arts and social studies at Farrington. In 1997, he became the yearbook advisor and ceramics teacher. For the next 23 years, much of his free time during lunch and after school would involve taking pictures of students, activities or school groups. He would also need to supervise the work that his yearbook students would do to put the layout of the yearbook together.
If being yearbook advisor was not enough, Mr. Yamasaki was also the golf and bowling coach from 2000-2018. He and another coach would accompany the students to after school practice sessions as well as tournaments and meets. Although coaching took up more of Mr. Yamasaki's free time, he did not mind. He thought it helped students develop character and confidence in themselves.
"We will truly miss Mr. Yamasaki when he retires this school year," sad Lau. "His dedication to producing an excellent yearbook during each of the past 23 years will be remembered by many. His ability to instill a strong work ethic and honesty in students will be hard to replace."