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ERIC Number: EJ877762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Laurence J. Capellas
Nishimoto, Warren
Educational Perspectives, v40 n2 p18-23 2007
Laurence J. Capellas, teacher, principal, and administrator in the Hawai'i Department of Education from 1935 to 1977. Laurence J. Capellas was born in 1913 in Hakalau to two Hawai'i island school-teachers. After attending Hakalau School, St. Mary's School in Hilo, and St. Louis College in Honolulu, he went on to the University of Hawai'i Teachers College, graduating in 1935. Capellas taught vocational agriculture at Waimea High School on Kaua'i for eight years before being appointed principal of Pa'auhau School on Hawai'i island in 1943. In succeeding years, he served as principal of Pa'auilo Elementary and Intermediate, Pahala High and Elementary (later renamed Ka'u High and Pahala Elementary), and Hilo High schools. In 1966, he joined the Hawai'i island district office as a secondary curriculum specialist. After completing a forty-two-year career in the Department of Education, Capellas served as president and chairman of the Hawai'i County Economic Opportunity Council. He also served on the boards of the Hawai'i Education Association and the Hawai'i State Retired Teachers Association. In this interview, Capellas narrates his life experiences and focuses on his family, childhood, education, professional career, and the events that shaped his life. (Contains 10 endnotes. This article was edited by Cynthia Oshiro.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii