Comprehensive Student Support System (CSSS)
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Sheree Tamura (SSC)
Ringggggggggggg…”Aloha, Ni Hao, Ran Annim, Ohayoo Gozaimasu, Ahn Nyeong Ha Se Yo, Hola, Xin Chao, Zibok Su, Magandang Umaga! Resource Room, may I help you?”
Yes, this is she. Yes, I graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor in Elementary Education with emphasis in Psychology and Special Education Mainstreaming. I humbly share that I am slowly approaching my 28th year in the DOE system with 23 of those wonderful years here at Momilani Elementary School. As an educator closing in on retirement, I have learned to enjoy sporting a chameleon suit and adapting to countless, sleepless nights. My travels across both Leeward and Central Districts have included Leeward Community College (paraprofessional for Komo Mai Center for Handicapped Students), Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary (Grade 2 & Upper Grades Motivation Class), Wahiawa Community School for Adults (DOE Certificated Program), August Ahrens Elementary (ESL), Waiau Elementary (Special Education), Leeward District Special Services-Nanakuli/Pearl City Team, Central District Special Services-District Special Team, Waianae Elementary (Grades 5 & 6) and Momilani Elementary (Grades 4, 5 & 6, Art Resource, Music Resource, Lower Grade Resource, Student Council/Make A Difference Team Advisor).
Oh, what do I do here?” Well, occasionally, my “Cat in the Hat” tricks include juggling morning chorus rehearsals and performances(when time permits), coordinating student participation in year round community art contests, attending School Community Council meetings, coordinating and planning Momilani Elementary School Junior Ambassador Program to Hyuga City, Japan, executing the perilous paper shuffle dance for State reports, attending endless state and district curriculum meetings/training sessions, trouble shooting miscellaneous non-tech issues and, best of all, indulging in healthy snacks. My current position offers me the opportunity to work closer with teachers, administration, parents and the community members in better servicing our students’ needs.
Ringgggggggggg…”Ms. Tamura, speaking. May I help you?”
Lynn Sakamoto-Duensing (Special Education)
Lynn Sakamoto-Duensing, is Momilani’s special education teacher. She is a local girl, born and raised in the Pearl City area. Upon receiving her early childhood education teaching degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, she taught at local private institutions. While teaching in the Nebraska public school system she worked towards and received her Master’s Degree in Special Education, K-9th grade, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After nearly 20 years of Nebraska’s inclement weather (tornados, hail, blizzards, ice storms, sleet, snow, and heat), she and her family returned to Hawaii. Since 1996, she has worked with Momilani students who are eligible, under state and federal guidelines, for special education services, from kindergarten to sixth grade.
Lance Nishihara (Guidance Counselor)
Aloha! For the past 22 years, Momilani Elementary School has been my place of work…actually my place of daily opportunities to reach and teach children to live with purpose and to have a great heart for others. In 1989, I graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling Psychology and was the first graduate with emphasis in School Counseling from Chaminade University of Hawaii. Hired immediately thereafter by the Department of Education, I served as school counselor for 2 schools at the same time. After 2 years of alternating my services between August Ahrens Elementary School (Waipahu) and Momilani Elementary School (Pearl City), an opportunity presented itself to be full time at either school. Momilani was my school of choice.
As a fun school tidbit about myself…each year, I learn all the Kindergarten student’s names and add them to my name list which includes all the students in Grades 1-6. Perhaps there are approximately 420 names that I keep in my mind each school year, plus the names of former students throughout the many years I have been at Momilani. From 1989 to 1994, Momilani’s enrollment was a bit smaller so my calculation for name memorizing throughout the years may be around 8,000 + names. Test me! Test me! Nah…don’t do that. I’m getting old!