In 1991, teacher Georgia Goeas developed a school-within-a-school at Konawaena High School in Kealakekua to address the specific needs of its seventh and eighth graders. Through workshops and presentations on middle level education to fellow educators, parents, community and school board members and state legislators, Ms. Goeas advocated for a separate middle school campus. Her efforts resulted in the creation of Konawaena Middle School, where she is now a language arts teacher and eighth-grade team leader. Ms. Goeas's interdisciplinary approach to instruction includes cooperative and differentiated learning, as well as hands-on re-enactments of famous historical events such as the Civil War and immigration to Ellis Island. She was instrumental in creating the University of Hawaii at Manoa's middle-school level certification program.
1973 University of Hawaii - Manoa, B.A.