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Waikele Elementary leader named one of the nation's outstanding assistant principals

Courtesy Hawaiʻi Department of Education
Stacy Kawamura, vice principal, Waikele Elementary

A Waikele Elementary School leader has been recognized as one of the top assistant principals in the country.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals announced Stacy Kawamura as a 2022 National Outstanding Assistant Principal.

She is one of 22 assistant principals recognized from across the country.

Kawamura has been a vice principal at Waikele Elementary for the past seven years.

“As a former principal, I know how vital assistant principals are to a successful and thriving school community,” interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi said. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Stacy through Waipahu Complex collaborations and have seen first-hand how she supports her staff and prioritizes the needs of all students. She is passionate in supporting her school community and is truly dedicated to enriching the lives of others. We are very proud to have leaders like Stacy Kawamura serving within our Hawaiʻi public schools.”

One of her most significant accomplishments was developing an academy pathway program, which prepares students for college and their careers. It was the first elementary school in the country with such a program.

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