Pinky Grace C. Francisco is an NBCT candidate, a Hawaii State Teacher Fellow, NEA/HSTA Early Leadership Fellow, HSTA CARES pilot cadre, a mentor, a PDE3 instructor, EL Coordinator and ELA/ESL Teacher at Kau High and Pahala Elementary School on the Big Island of Hawaii, where the famous Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Kilauea volcanoes are located. She finds wisdom in everything, like in nature. She is fascinated at viewing natural phenomena with silver lining, making connections to real life situations and utilizing those for analogies and metaphors to create more meaningful and worthwhile teaching and learning experiences.

Life. Teaching. Mauna Loa.

July 17, 2023

BREAKING NEWS FLASH-At approximately 11:30 p.m. HST November 27, lava broke to the surface within Moku‘āweoweo, the summit caldera on Mauna Loa, for the first time in 38 years. (Mauna Loa USGS) The eruption became a viral topic, caused trepidation to many, and brought a notion that the end was near. Who would not be frightened when the Mauna Loa volcano is the largest active volcano in the world, and it is right next door? I, too, trembled in fear. However, what is marvelous about nature is its way of waking up humanity. And if we pause and reflect, we…

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