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Shafter Elementary Principal named as finalist in $25,000 School Leadership Award
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Shafter Elementary Principal named as finalist in $25,000 School Leadership Award

Principal Robin Martin of Shafter Elementary 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.

Principal of Shafter Elementary for four years, Martin was searching for a program that would help teachers guide their students to learn and understand math conceptually. It was during a teacher’s convention that she and her staff came across and implemented the Singapore Math program.  As a result, student math proficiency scores increased from 52% in 2010 to 76% in 2011.

“As a former math teacher, Robin is consistent in her attention to, and focus on, student learning,” said Adria Matsamura, Counselor at Shafter Elementary. “She recognizes the importance of having a shared mission and goal for her students and staff.”

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.

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