Eleven Hawaii Department of Education teachers are finalists, while one state winner received the highest prize.

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Honolulu, HI (April 21, 2022) - The Milken Educators of Hawaii (MEH) and HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union has awarded the state’s Teacher of Promise award to Tristan Nguyen, a math teacher at Kalani High School. Nguyen was awarded in a special recognition event today on campus. MEH recognized Nguyen as Hawaii’s state award recipient for the Teacher of Promise award, which also recognizes other teacher finalists statewide. As the state winner, Nguyen received $2,000 sponsored by HawaiiUSA, to continue his own personal development. 


Nguyen, who teaches Algebra and Geometry, has been teaching at Kalani for nearly four years. “Mr. Nguyen exemplifies everything a ‘Teacher of Promise’ is,” says Mike Sana, president of MEH. “The Milken Educators of Hawaii is proud to award this year’s group of teacher finalists with this recognition, and we thank HawaiiUSA for sponsoring the monetary gifts for these deserving educators.”


“HawaiiUSA started as a credit union for teachers and we continue this legacy today by supporting organizations like the Milken Educators of Hawaii,” says Greg Young, president & CEO of HawaiiUSA. “We congratulate this year’s teacher finalists, along with Mr. Nguyen, and thank them for their hard work and dedication towards educating Hawaii’s keiki.”


The State Department of Education (DOE) is comprised of 19 Complexes. This year, 11 Complex Areas submitted nominations representing Middle and Secondary educators with each complex area finalist receiving $500 sponsored by HawaiiUSA. Each of these Teacher of Promise finalists will be awarded during a “surprise” announcement held on their respective school campuses.


Since 2006, HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union has been the corporate sponsor of the annual Teacher of Promise award to support excellence in education and to provide the best financial services for our educators. MEH recognizes Hawaii’s outstanding up-and-coming DOE teachers with one to three years in the DOE who demonstrate tremendous potential in areas such as: use of varied instructional strategies, curriculum development, promotion of collaborative relationships, and overall growth and promise. 



About Milken Educators of Hawaii’s Teacher of Promise Award


The Milken Educators of Hawaii (MEH) established the annual Teacher of Promise award program to emulate the spirit of the Milken Family Foundation. MEH recognizes HawaiĘ»i’s outstanding up-and-coming classroom teachers (1-3 years with Hawaii Department of 

Education) who demonstrate tremendous potential and growth.