SPED Inclusion 11th and 12th grade Teacher
Aloha, my name is Lesley Chong-Goo, I am a Native Hawaiian born and raised on the island of Oahu. I have a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Education K-12. I chose this career because during my early childhood I was a SPED student. During these years, they placed us in a classroom where we were isolated from the other students in the school. The other students began to bully us and call us names such as “dumb, retarded and stupid”. This horrible experience followed me all the way up to intermediate and high school. This left a deep scar in my heart and my soul for years to come and followed me towards Intermediate and High School. Therefore, for many years, I never thought that I could accomplish anything in my life, until I met my future husband. He was the one person that encouraged me to continue my education. So at the age of 26, I attended Honolulu Community College, University of Hawaii at Manoa and Chaminade University. I do not want any student experience what I endured during my early years in school. I want to be able to encourage the students to not be afraid to dream the impossible dream. Never think that they are not capable to do anything they want to do in their life. I want to be able to plant the seed in their hearts and minds that if they have a dream, they can make it come true. I am a great example of making dreams come true. It just takes focus, hard work with using your whole heart and dedication.
During my first 5 years, I was a SPED teacher and taught at Pearl City Highlands Intermediate. I have been at Nanakuli High and Intermediate for the past 11 years. I am looking forward to meeting the students and parents of Nanakuli High and Intermediate. I will be co-teaching with Mr. Sean Pottenger. We will be focusing on preparing the students to become college and career ready. I will be also teaching an advisory class. This class will help the students diffuse any problems they they are experiencing with COVID-19, help the students catch with work that is needed and provide a safe haven for students that need to talk to if it is needed. If any one needs to talk to me, they can use these numbers, 808-783-4801 (cell), 808-305-7663. 808-305-7661 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org