‘Ōma‘oma‘o (2’s)


Valley Varma
‘Ōma‘oma‘o Class Teacher, 2's

Valley joined the UHMCC ‘ohana as a Hokū teacher in 2011 after she fell in love at first sight with the environment and the school’s philosophy the first time she saw it! Although Valley is an island girl she didn’t begin her journey in the field of Early Children Education until she left Kauai for college in California with plans to pursue a career in live theatre. After volunteering as a camp counselor for third graders along the coast of Northern California during spring break, Valley knew she would never be the same again. While she entered the field as a surprise to herself she has been teaching since 1997 and is passionate about her work. Valley hopes to instill a life long love for learning in the hearts and minds of the children she has the pleasure to know and believes that this is done best by creating a balance between child directed emergent learning experiences and intentional pre-planned inquires that evolve from children’s interests. Valley was a student at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena CA before she moved home to the islands and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Curriculum studies at UH Mānoa. She lives in Kaneohe with her husband, son, and the family cat Alice.
Ai Tanaka
‘Ōma‘oma‘o Class Teacher, 2's

Ai grew up in Seattle and graduate from University of Washington with an Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Degree. She has been teaching Early Education for seven years, and is currently working on her masters in education at UH. "I love being outdoors and teaching with nature. I love coming to work to help children get excited about going to school to find their passion and interests." Outside of school, she enjoys surfing, wrenching, or cooking for friends and family.


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