The Garden Island corrects errors of fact in news stories. If you notice an error, please contact us at one of the numbers listed below.
• The article, “Homegrown teachers can prepare on-island” that appeared in The Garden Island on March 17, should state:
The cost of the two-year teacher education program is approximately $16,000 for the two years, not for one year. The instruction combines traditional (face-to-face) classes held on the neighboring islands during weekends once a month and online instruction through WebCT. Secondary (grade 7-12) teacher candidates, are able to obtain a DOE contract with pay and teach during their student teaching semester. However, elementary teacher candidates (K-6) are required to participate in student teaching with an experienced mentor teacher five days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a half year without pay. After school hours, teacher candidates need to prepare and plan for the next school day. In order to fulfill the hours it takes to complete student teaching, outside employment is nearly impossible, so those working will need to quit their present jobs and devote their full time to student teaching. It is at this time, students with families, or financial hardships, have to make their very difficult decision. With 13 elementary teacher candidates from Kaua‘i in the present co-hort and eight new candidates joining the program in May, the need for community support is essential.
Anyone interested in knowing more about how to become a teacher on Kaua‘i should call the University of Hawaii, Manoa, faculty advisor on Kaua‘i, Scott Robinson at 241-7122.