In our efforts to teach and to provide the Best for
our children, we realize that people and the world
are not always perfect. But if we try to keep in mind the
following “IF’s” in bringing up and teaching our
children, perhaps we can strive to make them better
person in a not so perfect world
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to
Professional Learning and
Support Team
Naomi Matsuzaki
Derek Minakami
Special Education/Care Teacher:
Amelia Lee
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to
Educational Assistant: Maureen Koki
If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel
Part Time Paraprofessional:
Valdez, Eddie Kalima
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to feel
Student Services Coordinator: Amy
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns
to confident…
School Health Aide:
If a child lives with praise, he learns to be
If a child lives with acceptance, she learns to
If a child lives with approval, she learns to like
If a child lives with recognition, he learns it is
good to have a goal…
If a child lives with honesty, she learns what
truth is…
If a child lives with fairness, she learns justice.
If a child lives with security, she learns to have
faith in herself and those about her.
If a child lives with friendliness, she learns the
world is a nice place in which to live…
Kahalu’u Elementary
47-280 Waihe’e Road
Kaneohe, Hawaii
Speech Therapist:
Maile Au
Full Self Contained
Fay Hara
Occupational Therapist/Assistant:
Glenda Acirbo
Physical Therapy/Assistant:
Cwiak/Christine Wilkinson
District Preschool Resource: Judy
Mailheau- 233-5717
Special Education Preschool
Mrs. Amelia P. Lee,
M.Ed.. Special Education Teacher
District Autism Consultant: Kali
Mrs. Maureen Koki,
Educational Assistant
Program Information
Preschool Curriculum
Welcome to Kahalu’u Elementary’s
Special Education Self-Contained
Preschool Program. Your child’s Initial
Evaluation provides Eligibility for a
special education preschool setting. The
rationale for the Special Education
Program is to develop Cognitive
(academic achievement as in
communication, comprehension, language
skills, Psychomotor (physical, fine &
gross motor skills, perceptual, visual,
auditory and daily health functioning
skills), and Affective skills (emotional,
social, learning style and behavioral
skills) to the highest possible level.
Structured lessons and IEP goals and
objectives will be based on your child’s
areas of needs and in developing the
total child. The use of the State’s
Preschool content Standards is
instrumental in assuring that your child
will be able to work toward the least
restrictive environment and to be
provided with what is educationally
appropriate for your child. The
standard areas consist of Physical
Developmental, Health and Safety,
Personal and Social Development,
Communication, Language & Literacy,
Cognitive Development (math, science,
social studies, symbolic play), and
Creative Development (art, music,
movement, dramatic play).
With early intervention, functional
delays resulting from severe handicaps
can be decreased and serious
developmental delays due to
handicapping conditions can be modified.
Instructional strategies and teaching
practices are geared at preparing our
Special Needs Preschoolers toward
independence in school and become self
functioning learners in the Least
Restrictive Environment.
*The beginning steps are the most important to a
lifelong journey of learning.
Preschool Philosophy and
The preschool student should see school
as a fun and exciting place to be. It is a
place where they can be curious, ask
questions, learn and grow in a safe
environment. The preschool student will
learn appropriate social skills, build
friendships with peers and adults and be
familiar with basic learning skills. The
goal for our classroom is to create a
positive environment that focuses on
pro-social skills, the use of structured
routines, and the use of the Creative
Curriculum and prepare them to be
ready for their least restrictive
Professional Education
Success Statement
My Professional Educational
Success Statement is essentially
my teaching belief or philosophy.
My basic teaching philosophy is
the belief that all children have
the ability to learn. It is my hope
to develop students abilities to
become Responsible, Independent
and to be Respectful. It is also
my hope to create a love for
learning in students to become
lifelong learners and contributing
members of the community. I
hope to accomplish this by
providing as many experiences
and opportunities for students
through the process of
observation, predictions,
experimenting, creating and
having fun at what they are doing.
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