Waimea’s Miyazaki among top principals honored

Waimea Canyon Middle School Principal Glenda Miyazaki is among seven public school principals honored at an awards luncheon Sunday by the Hawai‘i Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association.

 Nimitz Elementary School Principal Kenneth Lee of O‘ahu was named the state’s 2012 National Distinguished Principal at the awards luncheon.

 Miyazaki, the only Kaua‘i principal honored, instituted “Student Voices,” a group of student representatives who have a voice in school improvement.

She also spearheaded the transition from Waimea Canyon Elementary and Intermediate to Waimea Canyon Middle School.

 “Principal Miyazaki has unified the communities from ‘Ele‘ele to Kekaha by gaining the confidence and trust of the businesses, community, students, parents and staff with successful school service projects, community events to reward and recognize student and staff success, and parent/family nights,” Complex Area Superintendent William Arakaki states in a news release.

Miyazaki, Waimea Canyon Middle’s principal for six years, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming at Laramie.

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