Welcome to Waiau Elementary School's website. My name is Queena Yuen-Ohta. My students call me Mrs. Yuen. I received my Bachelor's Degree and Professional Diploma in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. I am a fifth grade teacher. My teaching career started at Kapalama Elementary School in SY1993-1994 as a second grade teacher. Moving to the Leeward side a year later brought me to Waiau Elementary as a fifth grade teacher. I have been teaching fifth grade ever since and hope to stay at this wonderful school until retirement.
Teaching has been a dream of mine since I was eight years old. I remember playing "school" at home with my classmates. Of course, I had to be the teacher with the chalk in my hand writing on the blackboard and giving out math problems for my "students" to do. My childhood dream is now a reality. "Playing school" as an eight year old is very different from teaching 25+ ten year olds while ensuring these precious children are learning and growing, however, one thing remains the same. Teaching is fun, and I enjoy it. My goal is for my students to leave fifth grade knowing more than what they came in with, and I hope to impart a love of learning to my students. Thank you for taking time to explore and learn more about me and Waiau Elementary School.