Kealakehe Intermediate School teacher Mathieu Williams was named the 2019 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year.
Williams received the state’s top teaching award from Governor David Ige and Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto during a ceremony held at Washington Place this afternoon.
The honor is presented annually to a classroom teacher selected from more than 11,000 educators within the Hawaii State Department of Education. Williams was among seven District Teachers of the Year and one Charter School Teacher of the Year recognized today.
“Mathieu’s passion and dedication has accelerated Kealakehe Intermediate’s technology and digital media program into a very popular focus among his students and has developed them into a nationally competitive team in two short years,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. “His collaborative work to improve education through the sharing of best practices among his fellow Hawaii District teachers and community-based education programs has been truly inspiring. Mathieu has done amazing work to energize his students, his school and his community, and we look forward to even greater achievements from him in the future.”
Williams will represent Hawaii in the National Teacher of the Year program. Each April, the President of the United States announces the national winner.
Williams will also receive a one-year lease of a new Nissan Leaf.