2014 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony For Immediate Release—October 25, 2013
The newly-named 2014 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year, Matthew Lawrence (right) receives use for a year of a new Mazda3 sedan presented by Cutter Mazda owner and Chief Executive Officer Marc Cutter following Hawaii State Department of Education Teacher of the Year ceremonies 3 p.m. October 25, 2013 at Washington Place in Honolulu. The car is provided compliments of Cutter Mazda and Mazda North American Operations. (Photo by Vince Shin)
Hawaii’s 2014 State Teacher of the Year receives use of a Mazda3
Cutter Mazda CEO Marc Cutter, in conjunction with Mazda North American Operations, provided a fuel-efficient 40 mpg-highway Mazda3 sedan to use for a year, to Matthew Lawrence, a teacher at Waikiki Elementary who was named the 2014 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year, during Department of Education ceremonies held at Washington Place, 3 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2013. Cutter said that developing category of fuel-efficient gasoline cars will make a major contribution to achieving the energy goals of the state.
“We all know that top teachers will help students to go a long way with a good education,”
The Department of Education news release reported that “it is easy to spot Lawrence’s students, as they can be seen building climbing walls, solar powered go-carts and model homes, or a tennis ball launcher.”
“When a power outage occurred at the school in the 2009-2010 school year, the lights stayed on in Lawrence’s classroom, thanks to a student-built bicycle generator that powered six bulbs.
“In 2007, Lawrence launched a science fair to provide students a venue to share their experiments and creations with their peers and families.”
“A National Board Certified Teacher, Lawrence earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with Middle School Endorsement from the University of Illinois, and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.”
“He has taught math and science at Waikiki Elementary since 2001, and served as the School Community Council chairman from 2006 to 2011. Lawrence is also a mentor teacher with the University of Hawaii undergraduate teaching program.”
“Lawrence will represent Hawaii in the National Teacher of the Year Program in the spring. Each April, the national winner is announced by the president of the United States.”
“Each of the 7 District Teachers of the Year received a $500 award by the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Teacher of the Year’s corporate sponsor for 30 years, which also awarded an additional $1,000 to the State Teacher of the Year.”
“A presentation of instructional software from SMART Technologies was made to each District Teacher of the Year, in addition to other classroom technology for the State Teacher of the Year.”