Maria Carandas

Head of the Class

Imagine an elementary school class that would rather talk math and science than video games and movies. That’s the kind of environment one can find in Maria Carandas’ second grade classroom.

It’s should be no surprise then that Carandas, a UH College of Education alumnae, was named National Student Teacher of the Year by the Association of Teacher Educators.

Using interactive applications in the classroom, Carandas promotes both learning and understanding. Such techniques were honed through her own experiences at the College of Education.

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