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Tessie Uilani Lumabao Ford

Tessie Ford

Title: CTE Teacher & STEM Coordinator
Company: Waipahu High School
Location: Waipahu, Hawaii, United States

Tessie Ford, CTE teacher and STEM Coordinator at Waipahu High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science education.

Since 2013, Ms. Ford has excelled as a career and technical education instructor with Waipahu High School in Hawaii as a science teacher, Academy of Engineering director and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) coordinator, helping students pursue careers in the technology, science and engineering fields. As part of her curriculum, she assists her students as they acquire industry certifications and paid internships by partnering with industry professionals.

Ms. Ford obtained a Bachelor of Education in physics in 2013 and continued her education with a Master of Education in curriculum studies STEMS² (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Sense of Space) in 2016 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has augmented her knowledge with eight-week internships alongside astrophysicists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and by sharing her experiences at the American Physical Society and American Association of Physics Teachers’ national conferences.

For her success, Ms. Ford credits the influence of her own teachers, as well as the support system she enjoyed during her schooling. As a career highlight, she is incredibly proud to have produced students who were awarded with scholarships and accepted into prestigious schools, such as Brown University, the University of California Berkeley and the University of California Los Angeles. In the coming years, Ms. Ford looks forward to getting an observatory on campus that her students will use to gather astronomical imagery and data remotely, and aspires to create a summer program that could reach more students in the state.

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