1. In this edition of Long Story Short, Leslie Wilcox introduces us to Catherine Payne, who recently retired after a long career as one of Hawaii’s most respected educators. After spending her childhood moving from place to place with her Navy pilot father, Payne spent her adult life working to create stability for Hawaii teenagers – including many who lacked adults they could depend on. During a career that spanned more than 35 years, she worked as a teacher, vice principal and principal, never taking on the easy jobs. Instead, she led some of the toughest schools on Oahu and nurtured students with not only academic, but languages, socio-economic and behavioral challenges.
2. Waikiki Elementary School
At Waikiki Elementary, students are taught the “Habits Of Mind,” which are a strong set of values the students live by that teach the students how to be a better human being and give back to build a better community and world.