I entered preschool at University Avenue Baptist. Here I interacted with other kids, and I performed in a play called "Sassy Little Mynah Bird."
My dad would take me to the Kaimuki Public library to borrow books. We would come back with around 20 books on every trip. I would enjoy these weekly excursions because I could find new treasures for my dad to read to me.
I enjoyed reading Choose Your Own Adventure or Hardy Boys novels. I always got sidetracked through the different story arcs for the Choose Your Own Adventure books.
I think my first Star Wars movie was Return of the Jedi at the Cinerama theater on King Street. I remember the line stretched around the corner and there was a large cardboad cut out of Darth Vader. This started my love of Star Wars, which continues until today.
The first fantasy book I ever read was The Elfstones of Shannara. I had graduated from the Hardy Boys and Choose Your Own Adventure to a new genre. I finally knew what kind of books I had been searching for.
I read a story about swashbuckling and revenge. This was a type of revenge that was so complete, and so gratifying for the reader.
I was first formally introduced to Shakespeare by my 9th grade English teacher, Mrs. Fujii. She made English my favorite course, and showed us that reading a difficult text, like Shakespeare, can be done through collaboration. We had fun acting out our roles, and watching the movie version of Romeo and Juliet.
I was reintroduced to Shakespeare through the lens of an undergraduate student studying him as my major author. I also happened to be on Study Abroad to London. We were able to watch the plays we studied, which included "Much Ado About Nothing."
This marked the start of the end to my teaching licensure journey. I encountered texts that helped me with my teaching practice, and I learned by doing. I taught a whole Language Arts class for the first time.
This was my first professional development class as a teacher. It focused on English Language Learners, and it helped me immensely. I learned about the concept of student frustration through teacher talk, task, or text. This class helped me with my students (all of which were ELLs).