LESSON BUILDER USER, GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Education is not only a passion but an absolute way of life for Edith Middleton. It is the value that she attributes to her rescue from her Transylvanian orphanage, at the age of ten, and the beacon that has guided every aspect of her life.
Edith currently chairs the English Language Arts Department at King Kekaulike High School (KKHS) and lectures in the English department at The University of Hawai’i Maui College campus. In addition, she teaches 10th grade English, advises the KKHS PAAC Global Book Club, assists as the University of Hawai’i Early College Learning, English 100 liaison, facilitates teacher support groups, and serves as various faculty proxies for union and COVID-19 safety committees.
Ms. Middleton is a dual certified English teacher in both Hawai’i and Connecticut with over ten years of classroom teaching and youth coaching experience. She holds a Masters in the Art of Secondary English Education from Sacred Heart University and a Masters in The Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a local Hawaii State Teacher Fellow, Edith is focusing on publishing and collaborating with statewide Hawaiian educators and policymakers about education policies and practices. Edith hopes to merge local pedagogy, policy, and practice with global travel to France with her Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program. The Fulbright scholarship is not only fulfilling her lifelong aspiration of fellowship but also fueling her curiosities about global competencies and insights for the next phase of her teaching career both in and outside the classroom.
Outside the classroom, Edith and her two teenage daughters take full advantage of Maui’s abundant tropical elements, especially ocean activities such as surfing, kite surfing, and diving! As a lover of the written word, hammock reading under palm trees on sandy beaches is a favorite pastime combined with waterfall hiking and road biking around the island.