Who is Kumu Kay?

Aloha e nā Ohana!

My name is Corrina Ann Revilla Kay, and I come to Kula Haʻahaʻa after 24 years of teaching for the Hawaii Department of Education.  I taught at Kohala, Keonepoko, Kalanianaʻole and Waiakeawaena Elementary Schools.  18 of those years were as a 5th grade teacher.  My last 2 years with the DOE was spent as a District Resource Teacher for College, Career and Community Readiness in our Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area.  This will be my 6th year teaching grade 5 here at Kula Ha’aha’a.

Having grown up in Puna, I graduated from Pahoa High School in 1985 and earned both my bachelors degree and professional teaching certification from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  I am also a National Board Certified Teacher.

I reside in the Waiakea Uka area with my husband, Adam Kay Sr., and my 2 children Aleah (17) and Haiden (14).  Aleah is a 12th grader at Kula Ki’eki’e, and Haiden is a 9th grader also at Kula Ki‘eki‘e.  Oh, and  I must not forget our doggie “Handsome” whoʻs 10yrs. old and cat “Kit Kit”, 2 yrs. old.

My Teaching Philosopy

My main objective as an educator is to cultivate and nurture students to be the best human beings they can be.  I aim to inspire students to dream big and support them in doing the work it takes to achieve their aspirations.  In todayʻs 21st century world this means far more than just passing on content knowledge.  We must help children to develop skills in the areas of literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, quality work ethics, creativity/innovation, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).  The state of our world also requires that we address student attitudes and dispositions in a way that rears positive character & behavior traits, an admirable & solid moral compass, and the grit & resilience for dealing with lifeʻs many obstacles and challenges.  These are all key tools that will equip our KEIKI to be college, career and community ready!

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