Last week, we made a big deal over four superb teachers. We rounded up reporters, mayors, school leaders, family members and many more to surprise them in their classrooms. I had the great honor of presenting the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice to one of those great teachers, Stephanie Sun.
I credit my education to Ms. Mabel Hefty just as much as I would any institution of higher learning. When I entered Ms. Hefty's fifth-grade class at Punahou School in the fall of 1971, I was just a kid with a funny name in a new school, feeling a little out of place, hoping to fit in like anyone else.