Jan Iwase

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Needing Positive Vibes

I’m a pretty positive person. I believe that things have a way of working out, that we can find common ground even if we disagree. That is probably the reason why I loved being an educator for 45 years. We know that what we do or say to students today and how we make them…

Ed Tech Challenges

I saw this article on LinkedIn, “The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade,”  and as I looked at the title, I thought that no way was I going to go through that whole list. Surprise! I did. It took a bit longer to read, but I found myself reflecting on my experience as a…

Rays of Hope in these Divisive Times

I am missing my son and my grandsons who have left our islands to return to their home on the mainland. They were here for two wonderful weeks. Their time with us was a welcome diversion from the recent events in our country and the world.  As I read the news as well as comments…

The Public-Private School Divide

It’s been a couple of weeks since the publication of the Civil Beat editorial, “The High Cost of Inequality Between Hawaii’s Public and Private Schools.” After reading the editorial and the large volume of comments, I’ve been thinking about what schools might do to bridge the divide between the haves and the have-nots because there…

Discussions with My Grandsons

We return home tomorrow after spending several vacation days with our son and our grandsons. They are now 10 and 12 years old, so my husband and I wonder when or if they’ll ever tire of spending time with us when we visit. I hope the boys will continue to enjoy spending time with us…

There IS Life after Retirement

It’s been about 16 months since I retired after 45 years as an educator, the last 15+ years as a principal. Since then, I’ve had experiences that I never thought I’d have, opportunities that have definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone such as: Writing and self-publishing a book about my life journey and…

“Live Fearlessly”

The 12th annual “Wahine Forum” took place on Thursday, October 24, and this year’s theme was “Live Fearlessly.” I had not attended any of the previous events so I was pleased to receive an invitation though I had no idea what to expect. Wow! There were so many women expected (1,200+) that they turned the men’s…

Telling Our Stories

I was so fortunate to be able to have a career that I loved. As an educator for 45 years – the last 15 as a principal – every day was a new beginning, an opportunity to make a difference for someone. From my first day on the job until my last, I continued to…