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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Medal Award Winner

Larry H. Fujinaka, headshot

Larry H. Fujinaka

Larry H. Fujinaka is a professor of psychology at Leeward Community College. He taught at Leeward for nearly 30 years and strives to help students learn and suCommunity Collegeeed. Fujinaka’s teaching strategies are flexible and innovative. For introductory courses, he not only covers the discipline itself, but important college survival, learning and life skills. By helping students develop their "teacher within themselves," Fujinaka creates effective college students.

A student, a Marine Corps sergeant, says, "I learned more about me and my life than in combat. I feel you are not a good teacher but a great one. You set a standard and do not lower it because your class fails to reach it. You demand they reach it; you force us to push past our comfort zones and achieve greatness."

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students.

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Kauka de Silva, headshot
Kauka de Silva
David A. Krupp, headshot
David A. Krupp
Lena Y.P. Low, headshot
Lena Y.P. Low
Paul Lyons, headshot
Paul Lyons
Joni Onishi, headshot
Joni Onishi
Mary C. Summers, headshot
Mary C. Summers
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David Yang