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It is best to work as a teacher in Hawaii Public Schools if one is from the island or single with no dependents. If not from the island, then having a network of support is crucial. The salaries are so low that a single person with a child or children cannot provide for him or herself and child(ren). The network of support will allow you to do what you love as a teacher and earn a salary not commensurate with the cost of living on Hawaiʻi Island.

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No paid vacations but you can take off when needed with advance notice.

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Overall I was content.

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Proud. Hawaii is a beautiful state but the cost of living is high. Teachers, Parents, Students, are nice to work with. They respect each others culture.

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Stressful at times. Rewarding in the end. Fast paced.

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Had wonderful years when I taught in Hawaii. Fellow teachers collaborate and help one another. Competition is healthy and with respect.

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Interviewers want to know your philosophy of education.
They ask how many years of teaching experience you have.
They create fictional scenarios and ask how you would address them.
They ask your familiarity with Hawaiʻi and Hawaiian culture.
They want to ascertain a general state of fitness to work with students.

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When budget is increased or a new contract is negotiated.

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