Our 2016-17 Milken Educators

Photo 13 of 33 Hawaii - Masaru Uchino

Masaru Uchino (HI '16) | Third-grade teacher, Momilani Elementary School | Pearl City, HI

Date of Award: February 2, 2017

Masaru (Masa) Uchino is a passionate STEM-focused educator whose students at Pearl City's Momilani Elementary follow their teacher's lead as if he were a modern-day Pied Piper. "The world is constantly changing," said Masaru at his surprise Milken Educator Award notification. "The more educated you are, the bigger your world becomes." Uchino is also passionate about getting kids moving and coordinates many fitness activities for Momilani. "I always tell the students that your brain is a muscle, and that the more you use a muscle, the stronger it gets," he says. "Students need to be physically active in order to keep them alert and engaged throughout the school day."

More about Masa: Bio | Photos | Video | Spotlight interview

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