Position: Physical Education Teacher
School: Waiakea Intermediate School
School District: Waiakea Complex
City, State: Hilo, Hawaii
About the Nominee: Dane Inouye was nominated by a colleague, Kristen Miyazono. Mr. Inouye is a LifeChanger in his community because he tirelessly devotes all of his time and energy to making his school a better place for students. He is on the school's leadership team, which allows him to contribute and make important decisions that affect his school's culture and climate. On a daily basis, he gives up his lunch break to run intramural tournaments for every grade level student at his school. He also allows teams of students to sign up to compete in various sports activities during lunch time, and he coordinates a teacher team to play against the students, as well.
If that's not enough, Mr. Inouye gives up his after-school hours every day to run the UPLINK program. This program gives students the opportunity to have enrichment courses and activities when their parents are not able to pick up their child right away. All of the hard work and dedication from Mr. Inouye not only keeps students out of trouble, but helps them engage in positive, healthy relationships and activities.