H I F F S T U D E N T S H O W C A S E
Student Ainsley T., Lucas R., Kelly B-W., Jaeziah T.(not pictured) and Aidan A. premiered their video "Aloha in the Ewa Community" at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) as part of the Daniel K. Inouye Short Film Initiative. They were treated like VIP, participated in panel discussion in front of an full theater audience, got to meet local politicians Irene Inouye and Jill Tokuda, and were included in a special Q&A session with famous actor Harry Shum Jr.
H I K I N O S H O W H O S T I N G
Student Alana Abarca was selected to host an upcoming Hiki No show that features our 2nd place awarded video for the Hiki No Fall Challenge. Alana spent 4 hours in the studio working with co-host Lexie (from Waianae MS) to record the show that will premier on December 6th, 2018.
Media @ EMMS
Tiger Media is the video production team of Ewa Makai Middle School. Our programs include an Exploratory program for students interested in learning more about video production and an Advanced program for students who would like to extend their learning into professional and real-world video production.
About Mr. Toyota
When they say "professions run in the family," the saying holds true for my family and I. My mother, my aunty, and my grandmother were all teachers before me and I didn't ever think I'd be the one to take up the mantle. I've been teaching since 2008 and started at the age of 23 years old.
I'm a National Board Certified teacher with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education: Social Studies. Additionally, I have served in various roles ranging from an HSTA PD Trainer and Consultant, AVID Site Team Member, Club Advisory, Volleyball Coach, Event Organizer, and Chair for the CxK Media Cohort.
Basic Teaching Philosophy
There are constantly occurring learning opportunities. As a teacher, it is my duty to not only help students see these opportunities at face value, but to help them profit from these experiences.
I believe that learning is growing and that growing in the right direction is an important aspect of being successful. I can help the imperfect, I can hardly help those who are perfect. Although academics is an important part of a child's life, I understand that a child's life is even more important than school as an institution. Homework, tests, grades, and due dates pale in comparison to preparing a child for their future. I am but one person amongst a community of people that will come into a child's life, whether my role is small or large, my actions have lasting implications.
I will always strive to make a difference, to help student's grow in the right direction, to develop their passions, and to prepare them for the struggles ahead. It is my duty, my honor, and my will as their teacher.
- Ethan Toyota