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Phyllis Nakasuji (HI '99)


At the time of the Award, Phyllis Nakasuji was:

Kalani High School
Honolulu, HI

Subject(s) taught: Science
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Biology teacher Phyllis Nakasuji does more than simply dispense information to her students at Kalani High School in Honolulu - she teaches them how to learn. From a marine biology unit she piloted to a multimedia project she supervised, Mrs. Nakasuji makes learning an active process for her students, using principles of inquiry learning, critical thinking, peer teaching, multiple intelligences and hands-on experimentation. As a team leader of Kalani's School-to-Career team, she provides opportunities for career exploration, from job shadowing to participation in a biotechnology research program. Outside the classroom, Ms. Nakasuji mentors Kalani's large number of new and beginning teachers, and is the leader of the school's accreditation focus group for curriculum and instruction.

Related Connections

Memoriam: Phyllis Nakasuji (HI '99) Passes Away

Additional Information


1970 University of Hawaii - Manoa, B.A.