68th Cherry Blossom Queen Contestant, Jewel Mahoe
Jewel Mahoe


High School: Kamehameha Schools Kapalama

College/Degree: University of Northern Colorado, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, minor in Reading; Vanderbilt University, Master of Education in Special Education; and University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa

Occupation: Preschool special education teacher

Hobbies: Running, reading, learning to sew from my grandma and exchanging handwritten letters with friends on the mainland

How do you live “kaizen,” continuous growth/improvement, in your daily life?

“This year, I became a new teacher but also made a commitment to remain a ‘lifelong learner,’ which means that I have pledged to have a growth mindset and continually develop myself both personally and professionally. I live ‘kaizen’ in my career by having an open mind and understanding that there is something to learn from everyone, including my preschool students. Together, we work through various experiences and learn new things about each other. They help me to improve my teaching skills and show me how to become a better person each day. I also practice continuous growth by stepping out of my comfort zone to meet new people and participate in unfamiliar events. Taking part in the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival and continuing my education has provided me with many opportunities to refine my perspectives and learn from various experts that have valuable knowledge to share with me.”

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