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Kohala High School Principal named as finalist in $25,000 School Leadership Award
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Kohala High School Principal named as finalist in $25,000 School Leadership Award

Principal Janette Snelling of Kohala High School in Kapaau was named a finalist in the 2012 Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Awards. One Hawaii public school principal will receive $25,000 (a $10,000 personal cash award and $15,000 towards a school project of his or her choice). The recipient of this year’s award will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation dinner on April 13, 2012 in Honolulu.

The award, which is named after Island Insurance founder Masayuki Tokioka is underwritten by the Island Insurance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Island Insurance Companies.  11 public school principals from across the state are finalists for the award which recognizes outstanding school principals across the state and their efforts to provide high-quality learning opportunities for their students.

Snelling has been an educator at Kohala High School for 15 years, the past year as principal and previously as Vice Principal.  As principal, Snelling believes part of her role in cultivating a culture conducive to learning also means learning the historical culture that has existed within the school, making determinations about which elements of the existing culture support the school’s vision and mission, and reshaping the school’s culture by reinforcing the positive elements and transforming the negative ones.

“I have been her colleague in Kohala for the past two years and witness directly her intense focus on learning, community building, staff engagement, strategic leadership, and creative coherence on a daily basis,” said Danny Garcia, Principal of Kohala Elementary. “Principal Snelling is a leader who is not only turning around schools in her community; she is actually turning around her community.”

The Island Insurance Foundation was established as the charitable arm of Island Insurance, the only locally-owned property and casualty insurance carrier to have a charitable entity solely dedicated to supporting the non-profit community.  Island Insurance is Hawaii’s largest locally owned and managed P&C insurance carrier with financial strength ratings of “A” by A.M. Best and Fitch Ratings and is the only Hawaii-Based company to be recognized as one of the Top 50 property & casualty insurance companies in the nation by the Ward Group for four consecutive years.  For more information, visit its website at: www.islandinsurance.com.

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