The Employee of the Year Award is the highest honor bestowed on a DOE Employee. The EOY is selected from among the Sustained Superior Performance Award recipients. Nakagawa received a $200 monetary award, and is the DOE’s nominee for the Governor’s Award for Distinguished State Service. DOE employees won State Employee of the Year honors in 2002, 1997, 1995, 1992, and 1990
• BERGINIO BARENG, School Custodian, Kihei Elementary, Maui District. A state employee for 9 years. With his positive attitude, Berginio who is better known as “Bert,” motivates others. The pride in his work is evident in the spotless campus. Rain or shine, from sunrise to sunset, when Bert has a task to do, you know he will get the job done.
• ALIKI LABRADOR, Account Clerk, Windward District Office, Windward Oahu District. A state employee for 4 years. When the Windward District Office has a question about its funds, Aliki always has the answer at her fingertips. She juggles multiple demands with competence, efficiency, and a smile. Aliki is always willing to go the extra mile to help a fellow employee or school in need.
• ELLEN NAKAMOTO, Private Secretary, Central District Office, Central Oahu District. A state employee for 19 years. An exceptional communicator, Ellen possesses the gift of being able to make complex subjects understandable. Her excellent rapport with people and extensive knowledge in a variety of subjects makes her an invaluable resource in the Central District.
• PETER RAYNO, School Security Attendant, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, Kauai District. A state employee for 3 years. While making his rounds on campus, Peter reaches out to help others without being asked. His calm demeanor and rapport with others allows him to diffuse volatile situations with ease. Staff and students always feel safe and secure with Peter in charge.
• STEPHEN YOUNG, School Custodian, Anuenue Elementary School, Honolulu District. A state employee for 7 years. Known as `Anakala Stephen, his hard work has transformed Anuenue into a clean and safe campus. Dedicated to making every school activity a success, he overcomes challenges and obstacles with professionalism, enthusiasm, and teamwork.
• KAZUMI ISHIHIRO, School Administrative Services Assistant, Holomua Elementary School, Leeward Oahu District. A state employee for 30 years. Kazumi’s expertise in school operations has been instrumental in Holomua’s growth to becoming the largest elementary “multi-track” school in the state. With heart and commitment, she delivers exceptional service.
The 2008 DOE Team of the Year is the Radford Complex Resource Teachers from the Central Oahu District. The team members are Linda Nakashima and Tricia Tamayose-Okamura.
The Radford Complex Resource Teachers work together to provide the finest learning environment for students, parents, teachers, and adult learners. Exceptional people skills and leadership abilities combined with a positive attitude, deep passion, and effective teaching strategies have resulted in truly inspired instructional practices in Radford Complex whose goal is, “we all succeed together.”
The DOE Team of the Year is selected from among the Team Excellence Award of Merit recipients. The Radford Complex Resource Teachers received a $200 monetary award for their team, and are the DOE’s nominee for the Governor’s Award for TEAM of the Year.
• Holomua Elementary School Office Staff (Leeward Oahu District) - GINA ACOSTA, KAZUMI ISHIHIRO, ELLEN NAKAMURA, ADDIE TUFONO, RENEE WHITAKER, and GAYLYN WILKERSON. Like soldiers moving to the beat of a drum, this team has blended their skills and personalities to become one. Dependable, efficient, and organized, no challenge is too big or too small for them to tackle. The team constantly takes on projects that will make a positive difference for their ohana and other schools with the belief that “none of us is as good as all of us!”
• Kauai High School Cafeteria Staff (Kauai District) - KAUI GIMINIZ-BUSTAMANTE, BELINDA GONDA, MARSHA MIYASATO, MICHAEL NG, and WADE TASAKA. Taking the best interest of the school to heart, this team takes great pride in their work and it shows. Every day students and staff are treated to at least nine different healthy, quality, and delicious meal choices. This team sizzles with sales double the average of most public schools. From student activities to parent’s night, their actions say “it’s all for the students.”
• Supplemental Education Services (Windward Oahu District) - KRISTI CARVALHO, DIANE TANAKA, GAYE TERAYAMA, and SUSAN YAMAMOTO. Complying with federal requirements in delivering supplemental education services to Title I schools and students is no simple chore. However, this team has developed an efficient operation that shares information, monitors services, collects data, plans meetings, and troubleshoots concerns. From Waimanalo to Kahuku, this team knows what needs to be done!
Following is a list of all individual and team member honorees:
Sustained Superior Performance Award (6 recipients)
• Aliki Labrador, Windward District Office, Windward Oahu District
• Ellen Nakamoto, Central District Office, Central Oahu District
• Peter Rayno, Kamakahelei Middle, Kauai District
• Stephen Young, Anuenue Elementary, Honolulu District
Team Excellence Award of Merit (5 team recipients, 20 team members)
Renee Whitaker, and Gaylyn Wilkerson
Bustamante, and Marsha Miyasato
• Kazumi Ishihiro, Holomua Elementary, Leeward Oahu District