Ruby Hiraishi was the Deputy District Superintendent in the Windward Oahu District. Ms. Hiraishi previously served as a teacher, vice principal and principal. As Deputy District Superintendent of thirty-two elementary and secondary schools, she works to provide the leadership and support necessary to deliver the quality education "essential to the development of productive and fulfilled community citizens. I am a risk taker," says Ms. Hiraishi, "and I encourage innovative solutions to our ongoing educational concerns." Working shoulder to shoulder with staff, parents, students and community members, the Windward Oahu District has been collectively energized to make its schools successful in meeting the needs and encouraging the successes of each child.