2018 Hale Cook Teacher of the Year

First Grade Teacher Jasmine Mayekawa


Jasmine Mayekawa
Hale Cook Elementary
First Grade Teacher

What motivated your career in education?
I was motivated to go into education after watching my father make a career change and become a sixth grade teacher. His passion and drive inspired me to become the educator I am today.

What message about public education do you want to share?
The message I would like to share about public education is as follows: Each day, we have the power to build a lasting relationship with our students. In the words of James Comer: “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” It is my hope that as educators, we will soon be given the time we need to cultivate and care for the relationships we build with our young learners!