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June 28, 2017

Dr. Winona Lee honored with the Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching award

Ho’omaika’i to our very own Dr. Winona Lee!

On May 1, 2017, Dr. Lee was honored with the Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching award.  Most recently, she has been promoted to  Associate Professor of the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at JABSOM and is the Director of the ‘Imi Ho’ōla Post-Baccalaureate program. She envisions herself as hale ipukūkui or lighthouse, in direct lineage from her great-grandfather 70 years ago, the lighthouse keeper at Kalaupapa. Teaching in the ʻImi Ho`ōla program with students from disadvantaged backgrounds, she applies adaptive learning practices, tailoring instruction and curricula to meet students’ individual learning styles based on each student’s foundational knowledge, strengths, individual learning styles, motivations and challenges. This innovative and progressive medical professional curriculum has been a part of the ʻImi Hoʻōla Program curriculum and evaluation since 2007. Lee’s mission is to teach complex biological concepts and processes to students whose weakest areas prior to ʻImi Hoʻōla were the sciences. Every year Lee provides her students an exceptional service-learning project by traveling to Kalaupapa, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that impacts deeply on their future professional work.