Aloha and Welcome to 2nd grade!
We are excited to meet all of you and look forward to a fulfilling partnership this year! This Wiki page will help you better understand our expectations, routines, and other information about our classroom.
Our grade level is set up whereby students will have either Mr. Dwayne Yuen (Rm.101), Mrs. Carol Hasegawa-McOuat (Rm. 102), or Mrs. Debra Fujitani (Rm. 209) as their homeroom teacher. They will have the added benefit of working with all three teachers throughout the school year. Mr. Yuen will be teaching Math. Mrs. Hasegawa-McOuat will be teaching Reading. Mrs. Fujitani will be both Reading and Math. All three teachers will be teaching Writing, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Performance Arts, Visual Arts, and Health.
Our main goal is to help students to be the best they can be academically and behaviorally. It is our hope that students will become more self-directed and take responsibility for their learning. Students will learn to adjust to being responsible for their belongings as they switch classrooms for different subjects and adjust to different teachers, varying schedules, and different learning environments. This will better prepare them for third grade and the years to follow.
Our curriculum is defined by a combination of Hawaii State Content and Performance Standards and Common Core State Standards. All students will be assigned a set of textbooks and workbooks which they need to be responsible for. In addition to the subjects that will be taught by the second grade teachers, students will also be working with our school’s resource team of teachers in the areas of technology, library/literature, and science.
If you have any questions specific to a subject area, please feel free to contact the teacher by note, phone call, or via the corresponding email addresses:
We will do our best to address your questions/concerns/requests as soon as we can.
We look forward to a wonderful school year!!
Mrs. Hasegawa McOuat, Mrs. Fujitani, and Mr. Yuen
Debra Fujitani has been teaching since 1984. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Professional Diploma in Language Arts. She began her career job-sharing with a fourth grade teacher at Kapalama Elementary for a year, teaching Language Arts, Math, Music, and Social Studies. Prior to joining the Momilani Ohana, she has experience as a classroom teacher in Grades K-6, Curriculum Coordinator, Chapter I Reading teacher, and a Fine Arts Resource Teacher. She has taught at Nanaikapono, Kanoelani, Kaleiopuu, and Waikele. She joined the staff at Momilani Elementary in 2002, and has taught Grades K, 1, 2, and 4. Mrs. Fujitani believes that we are all learners (students, parents, and teachers) –-learning at different rates and different ways. It is essential for teachers and parents to work together to plant and nurture the seeds of learning (Independence, Life-long Learning, Making Real World Connections), and to continuously celebrate growth. As a classroom community, we practice treating others in the way we would like to be treated. We “Take Care of Ourselves”, “Take Care of Each Other”, and “Take Care of This Place”.
Carol Hasegawa McOuat
I have been at Momilani Elementary School since 2006. I have experience teaching 4th grade, 1st grade, technology to K-2, and 2nd grade. Before teaching at Momilani, I was in Japan for 2 years on the JET program and taught preschool to adults how to speak/write in English. I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood and a master's degree in Educational Technology from University of Hawaii at Manoa. Teaching brings me so much joy especially when I see students' eyes light up when they are able to understand the standard I am trying to teach them. Students are what drives me to do my best, their thirst for knowledge makes me want to teach more, I know that we can learn from each other. I believe that every student, no matter how young or old, can learn to be independent if you let him or her. My students will always hear me say, "Try your best."
Dwayne Yuen has been a teacher at Momilani Elementary School since 2007. Prior to that, he taught 6th grade at Waiau Elementary School. He graduated high school from Punahou School in Manoa. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Master's Degree from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Yuen team teaches with Mrs. Fujitani and Mrs. Hasegawa-McOuat. After school Mr. Yuen teams with first grade teacher Mr. Omine to run the Momilani Hoops Academy. In addition, Mr. Yuen is the camp director for the Hui O Momilani Basketball Clinic. Finally, Mr. Yuen is the Hui O Momilani Family Fun Night Co-Chairperson for Donations. Mr. Yuen enjoys building character, teaching life lessons, and instilling confidence in his students. Mr. Yuen teaches the students to be self-reliant, have grit, and to care about others. His motto is: "DREAM BIG...DO IT BIGGER!!!"