Faculty and Staff Recognized

2017 Awards Announced

The Campus Awards Selection Committee is pleased to recommend the following individuals for this year 's campus awards . All nominees were highly qualified and deserving of recognition , but four individuals stood out to the committee.

Carleen S. Yokotake
Professor, Speech
The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

Carleen S. Yokotake, professor of speech, has served Leeward Community College as an outstanding teacher for over 20 years. She commits herself wholeheartedly to everything she undertakes and never hesitates to research and implement new instructional techniques, activities, and assignments. Described by her students as “awesome,” she approaches her classes with humility and an incomparable sense of humor, challenging and engaging her students.  Described by her peers as “a knowledgeable, innovative, charismatic, and compassionate instructor, leader, and colleague,” Yokotake is an influential mentor other faculty members, often presenting at professional development workshops to share useful and relevant teaching strategies with colleagues across the system. She helped develop and coordinate the Mid-Semester Classroom Assessment program, which gives faculty an opportunity to receive input from students to improve student learning outcomes by the end of the semester. She has also recently developed, planned and implemented the New Lecturer Training Program.  She served as the Speech Discipline Coordinator for fourteen years and served on the Division Personnel Committee for seven years. With her tremendous list of accomplishments, Yokotake is truly an invaluable contributor to the college, her division, and her colleagues. 

John Signor
Assistant Professor, Music
Frances Davis Award for Undergraduate Teaching

“The instructor was amazing…This is by far the best college course I have ever taken.” These words are typical of the outstanding student evaluations given John Signor, assistant professor of music, each semester. Creativity and commitment to the collaborative process are essential elements of Signor’s teaching. Signor explains, “My profound love for music accompanied by what it has to offer us, is the driving force that compels me to share it with fervor and integrity. My vocation as a musician is deeply connected to my calling as a teacher. I consider myself truly blessed to have the opportunity to study and teach this uniquely beautiful language.” His music classes effectively foster creativity, self-confidence, and shared problem solving. Signor cultivates a community of learners who strive for resourcefulness and cooperation. Signor’s teaching philosophy is rooted in student engagement and creative collaboration, maintaining a flexible approach, and a focus on global perspectives. He generates a wide variety of performance opportunities for his students, in addition to providing his own talents to several college and community projects. From the culturally significant Lili'u Project, celebrating the compositions of Queen Liliuokalani, to scoring local films and theatrical productions, Signor’s contributions are always selflessly given and joyously received.

Westin 'Ehukai Carvalho
Lecturer, Hawaiian Language
2017 Outstanding Lecturer Award

Mr. Carvalho is warmly recommended by faculty and students alike and clearly brings a passion to his work that inspires those around him. As a full time teacher at Waipahu Intermediate School , Mr. Carvalho has not engaged in unrequired service work at the campus level , but he makes up for this in his work leading students in community service learning projects , the clear impact his innovative teaching has on the lives of his students , and his commitment to professional growth and development.

Elizabeth Mano
Clerk, Educational Media Center
2017 Outstanding Service Award

Ms. Mano has served the college for over thirty years as an Administrative Support Member and Leader and is the ultimate team player. She is very highly recommended by a large number of campus staff members who note the many ways that Ms. Mano contributes to the Educational Media Center and the campus as a whole . Ms. Mano clearly brings a positive and vibrant energy and a commitment to helping everyone she can. She consistently goes above and beyond to selflessly solve problems and to bring aloha into the office .

Photos of the awardees and the award ceremony are posted on the College's Flickr site