We were encouraged to receive many applications from educational leaders eager to contribute their knowledge and experience. Our first step in identifying the best candidates was to make sure that the Kamaile Academy faculty and school community and Ho’okako’o, as the Local School Board, shared a common vision for the best leadership characteristics and structure. In February, Acting Principal Kathy Kamo convened a Leadership Search Sub-committee to allow school and community input into the search process. The sub-committee members looked at the challenges to effective teaching and learning at Kamaile and the known qualities of effective educational leaders, and then identified specific areas of emphasis or focus. With that mana’o in mind, we conducted a search for leaders that would:
- Support the growth and development of our teachers;
- Improve support to students with special needs, including English Language Learners (ELL) and social/emotional learning;
- Strengthen the P-12 alignment;
- Improve teaching and learning via aligned and integrated curriculum;
- Develop an accountability system that links achievement with curriculum and instruction.
Perhaps most importantly, we sought leaders who are committed to a collaborative leadership structure. Each of the members on our new team brings knowledge and experience in at least one of these areas; together they will be able to enact the transformational change that our haumana deserve.