I am a public school teacher in Hawaii. I am originally from the Pacific island nation of Palau, in the western Pacific Ocean. I came to Hawaii to work on my undergraduate and graduate degrees (BA and MA), in a social science displine. I got accepted in a PhD program and completed all course requirements, passed a Comprehensive Examination, and was awarded an ABD Certificate and began to write a doctoral dissertation. However, I haven't been able to complete due to my limited funding. I began looking for work and found a teaching job in the public school and have been doing that for a few years. I love doing it. I am always interested in improving my teaching and learning about teaching strategies because I want to provide my students with the best teaching and learning I can give them. I am also interested in learning about using online teaching to reach many students who live on various, remote Pacific islands. For many of these, they have little opportunities to travel outside or little resources to afford traveling to good schools outside. But their small island governments invest some resources into developing distance education technologies to provide students and teachers the capabilities to learn. I want to develop my abilities as a teacher who can provide this service.
Growing up on a Pacific island, I grew to love the ocean and like to swim and just snorkel around the reefs. I am a deep sea fisherman when I find the time to do it. I use a speargun to fish so I have to swim a lot.
I love reading different genres of books but I enjoy watching older and newer sci-fi shows and movies. I loved all Star-Trek show series, The X-Files, etc!
I work part-time for a local university's Center for Indigenous Leadership and Peacemaking and am interested both formally (in my graduate studies) and personally in learning about Indigenous philosophies and the role that these philosophies, alternative knowledge systems, and worldview inform our educational pedagogies, and (emerging) political, economic, cultural, and spiritual worldviews vis-a-vis the modern crises facing humanity.
I look forward to learning about each of you.
Thank you in advance for your kind consideration of my desire to participate in this and the other classes.