2018 - 2020 Excellence in Education
Hawaii Alpha Delta Kappa Recipient
Mitzi (Miki) Maeshiro
E kūlia i ka nu‘u: Strive to reach the highest. According to her Eta sisters, Miki Maeshiro exemplifies this Hawaiian saying, which is evident throughout her professional career at Kamehameha Schools: Although she projects a humble demeanor, Miki has enjoyed professional success as a Hawaiian language and literacy resource teacher, curriculum developer, literacy coach, professional development provider, and leader in indigenous education. During her 32 years at Kamehameha Schools she has been a teacher, a literacy coach, a developer of the Hawaiian studies curricula and is currently a Senior Educational Design Specialist at the school.
Miki has been involved with the community in a variety of ways as well. She has served on the board of the Hawaiian immersion Kamakau Public Charter School and as the President and State Coordinator for Ka Hui Heluhelu State Council, the Hawaiʻi chapter of the International Literacy Association. Miki has been an active member of Eta Chapter by being responsible for fraternity education, serving as recording secretary, and actively participating in altruistic activities.
Along with her years at Kamehameha Schools and community involvement, Miki has contributed to and co-authored several publications, including a professional article with Anne Davies, an internationally recognized authority on classroom assessment, collaborated in the writing of leveled books in Hawaiian and English, and given many presentations on culturally responsive pedagogy and on improving learning through assessment to local, national, and international audiences.
E kūlia i ka nu‘u: Strive to reach the highest. This is what Miki Maeshiro has done and will continue to do on her journey of learning, gaining insights through her work with students, colleagues, and the community. E kūlia i ka nu‘u.