Teacher to Celebrate 60-Years in Education Annual During Conference That Culminates Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week starts on Jan. 31-Feb. 5. Nearly 9,000 students in Hawaii will be participating in the week-long activities. At the end of Catholic Schools Week, Sister Anne Marie Tamanaha, piano teacher at St. Patrick School, will honored for her 60 years of work in local education.

​Sister Anne Marie Tamanaha, Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, celebrates a 60-year milestone in education under the Diocese of Honolulu. Currently a piano teacher at St. Patrick School, Tamanaha had previously taught various subjects at Sacred Hearts Academy and at one point, served as principal of the lower school.  “Sister Anne Marie is very pleasant, very inviting and very welcoming. Everything that she strives to do, she does so with an open heart,” said Sister Helene Wood of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  Tamanaha will be honored before her colleagues at the Annual Conference for Catholic School Educators (ACCE) on Friday, Feb. 5 at Sacred Hearts Academy. Twenty-four others will also receive a service award, commemorating their 20, 30 and 40-year work anniversaries with Hawaii Catholic Schools. The awards presentation will begin at approximately 9:45am .  
Annual Conference for Catholic Schools  

More than 700 educators are expected to attend ACCE. The morning-long event features 27 breakout sessions led by local Catholic School educators who have successfully supplemented their curriculum with unique ways to engage students in learning.  “All sessions offer content—skills or strategies, that teachers can take back to their classrooms and implement at their own instructional level,” said Patrick J. Foehr, 21st Century Learning Coordinator and Consultant to Hawaii Catholic Schools.  “Sharing best practices and collaborating is crucial to ongoing growth and facilitating a culture of learning among our Hawaii Catholic Schools educators!” Foehr added.  Some of the workshops include, “Robotics and Project-Based-Learning,” “Maximizing Google in the Classroom,” and “Exploring STEM through Coding and Game Design.”    

"Sister Anne Marie is very pleasant, very inviting and very welcoming. Everything that she strives to do, she does so with an open heart."

Sister Helene Wood, Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Catholic Schools Week  

The conference is held on the last day of the nationwide celebration known as Catholic Schools Week. Approximately 8,923 students who attend Hawaii Catholic Schools will participate school-wide activities, masses and open houses from Jan. 31st throughout the first week of February.  “Catholic Schools is all about celebrating who we are,” said Our Lady of Good Counsel School Principal Cindy Olaso.  “That means starting our week with mass with the Eucharist as the center of our lives.  Then we have fun testing our knowledge about our faith against each other, proclaim our spirit loudly through cheering and dance, as grade levels and staff at our spirit contest, serve our neighboring community through a schooled service project, and finally, sharing our spirit as we go out into the community representing our school,” Olaso added.  While some schools will be testing their students’ academic skills with spelling bees and trivia games, others will activate students’ physical prowess. St. Joseph Parish School will have a superhero-themed fun run and St. John Vianney will be pitting students against faculty in a game of flag football. In addition, there will also be a talent show at Holy Family Catholic Academy and more at various Catholic Schools across the state.  The theme for Catholic Schools Week is “communities of faith, knowledge and service.”   ​