Mililani Teacher Awarded Prestigious Education Award
March 14, 2014
Mr. Dave Morishige, fifth grade science teacher at Mililani Mauka Elementary School, is the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This prestigious award recognizes teachers who "develop and implement a high quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning." It's presented annually to outstanding mathematics and science teachers from across the country.
As the science teacher, Mr. Morishige instituted the Lego Robotics and Underwater Robotics clubs at Mililani Mauka Elementary School, which have earned statewide acclaim. Additionally, he organizes an annual reef walk, partnered with university doctoral candidates, to help students and parents understand the marine ecosystem. Moreover, Mr. Morishige has helped bring interesting and innovative science agencies, such as NASA, the Hawaiian Astronomical Society, and the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, as guest speakers to the school. Based on his dedication to his students and his passion for teaching, it is clear why Mr. Morishige was selected for this prestigious award!