Job Title: Graduate Student
What does Maunakea Scholars mean to you?
Maunakea Scholars is undoubtedly responsible for my current career path. During my years as a mentor, I learned not only about the importance of an inclusive science education, but also the impact that an innovative science educator can have on a classroom. My host teacher, Ms. Naidah Gamurot operated her classroom like a community of individuals, each with important perspectives to add to the discussion. My students, too, challenged me each year to approach education dynamically, incorporating new ideas into my pedagogy. I credit these experiences with my realization that education — in particular, science education for under-represented groups — is my true passion. And so, after completing my astrophysics Ph.D in early August, I will begin a masters program in education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I am excited to see how I can leverage my experiences to better serve the Hawaiian community.