Kauai News

1 Kaua‘i Educator Among Finalists for State Teacher of the Year

Posted August 5, 2022, 4:34 PM HST

Shelby Ann Erdmann

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education on Friday, Aug. 5, named 15 complex area teachers of the year and one charter school teacher of the year as finalists for the 2023 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year recognition.

“We are proud to recognize these outstanding teachers who have demonstrated some of the highest levels of dedication and passion for their students,” Superintendent Keith Hayashi said. “As our Hawaii public school system continues to focus on prioritizing and accelerating student learning, we are grateful to have outstanding teachers in the classroom to help lead the way.”

Shelby Ann Erdmann from Waimea High was the sole finalist from Kaua‘i. She teaches English and special education.

In October, one teacher will be announced as the 2023 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year and will go on to represent Hawaiʻi in the National Teacher of the Year program. The honor is presented annually to a teacher selected from more than 13,000 HIDOE educators.

Click here for the full list of state finalists.