Castle High School Principal named as finalist in $25,000 School Leadership Award | Business
Principal Meredith Maeda of Castle High School was named a finalist in the 2012 Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Awards. One Hawaii public school principal will receive $25,000 (a $10,000 personal cash award and $15,000 towards a school project of his or her choice). The recipient of this year’s award will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation dinner on April 13, 2012 in Honolulu.
The award, which is named after Island Insurance founder Masayuki Tokioka is underwritten by the Island Insurance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Island Insurance Companies. 11 public school principals from across the state are finalists for the award which recognizes outstanding school principals across the state and their efforts to provide high-quality learning opportunities for their students.
Maeda has been principal of Castle High School for 12 years and is also a graduate of Castle High. One of the biggest challenges the school faces is increasing student engagement and achievement. By implementing a new bell schedule that maximizes student learning by extending periods to 83 minutes (compared to the traditional 50 minutes), teachers are also given more opportunities for collaboration and development. In addition, a school-wide, standards-based grading policy also ensures that a grade in one academic area means the same in every other academic area. These new systems have garnered great success. The school’s graduating classes are completing algebra and geometry at an increasing rate and a high percentage of students are meeting and exceeding the state’s Algebra II End of the Course exam.
“For nearly 13 years, much longer if you go back to his high school days, Meredith has given his time, energy and heart to Castle High School,” said Nelson Chee, College Counselor at Castle High School. “If you look closely, he was able to bring three different worlds together: the State Department of Education, the community and his staff and faculty.”
The Island Insurance Foundation was established as the charitable arm of Island Insurance, the only locally-owned property and casualty insurance carrier to have a charitable entity solely dedicated to supporting the non-profit community. Island Insurance is Hawaii’s largest locally owned and managed P&C insurance carrier with financial strength ratings of “A” by A.M. Best and Fitch Ratings and is the only Hawaii-Based company to be recognized as one of the Top 50 property & casualty insurance companies in the nation by the Ward Group for four consecutive years. For more information, visit its website at: www.islandinsurance.com.