Position: CTE Teacher
School: Waialua High and Intermediate School
School District: Central District
City, State: Waialua , Hawaii
About the Nominee: Glenn Lee was nominated by his principal, Christine Alexander. Mr. Lee has dedicated the past 18 years to Robotics by educating and inspiring literally hundreds of students, families, mentors, colleagues and members of the Waialua and FIRST Robotics communities. He clearly communicates the values of FIRST through a relentless, unparalleled amount of hard work, dedication and enthusiasm. His mission is to show that science, technology, engineering and math can inspire us to become productive individuals in tomorrow’s society.
Mr. Lee is the co-founder of Team 359, the first FRC team and robotics-related program in Hawaii. He is also the founder and director of the Waialua Robotics STEM Learning Center and REACH Middle School Program, which services roughly half of the student population at Waialua High & Intermediate School. With his leadership and personal efforts, he continues to push forth a vision to help students (including those that are under-served) by implementing a “long-term sustainability plan.” This involves outreach efforts and a College & Career component, which communicates to the public that Robotics is not just a STEM club, but can serve as a catalyst for other opportunities to support all students who are inspired, passionate and enthusiastic about learning and about attending college.
Mr. Lee is not only a LifeChanger in the Waialua community, but across the state and country. Schools and programs from around the world ask him to share his knowledge, expertise and passion for Robotics. Through his guidance and dedication, Mr. Lee challenges the minds of his students through a vision of STEM and technology, reminding us always that “chance favors the prepared mind.”