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Instructor Spotlight

Sheryl Akaka 

Sheryl Akaka is currently an instructor for Continuing Education at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington where she teaches courses in Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Guitar for All Levels, and Piano for All Levels.  She received her Bachelor of Education; College of Education Professional Diploma; Hawai’i Department of Education Certificate for Public School Education; and Master of Arts in Muisic Education degrees from the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu, Hawai’i.  She taught music at the Kamehmeha Intermediate/High Schools, Honolulu Waldorf School, Yamaha Piano Course, Windward Shool for Adults (Community Outreach), and the Guitar and Piano classes at the Kapi’olani Community College, and Honolulu Community College Humanities Divisions.  In 2001 she relocated to Washington State to begin teaching Piano and Guitar classes for the Music Department of the Humanities Division, and Continuing Education at Highline Community College; and also taught Continuing Education Guitar classes at Green River Community College.  At the same time, she obtained her State of Washington Professional Education Certificate validated for Life Service as a Certified Substitute Teacher Preschool-12, and is currently teaching in the Federal Public School District. 

She is also a Certified Music Practitioner for the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP.org) since 2003, serving hospice patients in transition at the bedside for MultiCare Good Samaritan Home Health Hospice and at St Francis Hospital ICU in Federal Way.   As a Student Adivisor for MHTP, she serves students across the nation in becoming Certified Music Practitioners.
In addition to private instruction, Sheryl enjoys performing for Community events: Weddings, Memorials, Fundraisers, and Workshops including performing in the Northwest Folklife Festival, and presenting the annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Festival Slack Key Workshop.

What do you enjoy about teaching?
I enjoy teaching as a way of discovering myself in the process of learning.  
What drove you into the teaching field?
What drives me to teach is that “teachers are essential is supporting students to be aware of the way they think and what motivates them to learn. Only when the teacher and student are in cooperation with discovery, exploration, imagination, improvisation and acceptance, can the student’s voice be a true reflection of what they need to grow.”



Available Course(s)

Action Course ID Item # Course Name Instructor Room Number Dates Time Days
CELE 150 9602 Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Akaka S
Bldg 4 Rm 104
09/24/2019   -   11/26/2019 06:15 pm - 08:15 pm
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CELE 155 9604 Guitar for All Levels Akaka S
Bldg 4 Rm 104
09/25/2019   -   11/13/2019 06:15 pm - 08:15 pm
W
CELE 157 9606 Piano for All Levels Akaka S
Bldg 4 Rm 101
09/26/2019   -   11/14/2019 06:15 pm - 08:15 pm
Th
CELE 160 9628 Introduction to Digital Photography Stahl R
Bldg 99 Rm 140
11/09/2019   -   11/10/2019 09:00 am - 12:00 pm
SaSu
CELE 160 9630 Introduction to Digital Photography Stahl R
Bldg 99 Rm 140
12/07/2019   -   12/08/2019 09:00 am - 12:00 pm
SaSu
CELE 174 9008 Art Media Exploration: Hands On Schoenfeld F
Bldg 16 Rm 156
10/02/2019   -   10/23/2019 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm
W
CELE 184 9644 Beginning Yoga Staff
Bldg 4 Rm 109
10/10/2019   -   11/14/2019 06:30 pm - 07:45 pm
Th
CELE 185 9632 Ballroom Dance: Level 1 (Individual/Couple) Chapman Rich
Bldg 4 Rm 109
09/23/2019   -   11/04/2019 06:00 pm - 07:15 pm
M
CELE 185 9634 Ballroom Dance: Level 1 (Individual/Couple) Chapman Rich
Bldg 4 Rm 109
09/23/2019   -   11/04/2019 06:00 pm - 07:15 pm
M
SACC 112 9612 Drawing in the Park Megale M
Bldg 16 Rm 162
09/30/2019   -   11/25/2019 12:30 pm - 03:30 pm
M
SADC 102 9608 Introduction to Chicago Style Improvisation Hawkins Alan
Bldg 99 Rm 130
10/01/2019   -   10/22/2019 06:30 pm - 09:30 pm
T
SAEC 110 9610 Drawing Birds Megale M
Bldg 16 Rm 162
12/02/2019   -   12/13/2019 12:30 pm - 03:30 pm
MF
SAEC 111 9656 Polymer Clay Art & Jewelry Schoenfeld F
Bldg 16 Rm 162
11/06/2019   -   11/20/2019 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm
W
SAPC 101 9658 How to Photograph Your World Schoenfeld F
Bldg 16 Rm 158
10/12/2019   -   11/23/2019 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Sa
SAPC 102 9676 Fall Photography: Field Trip Series Schoenfeld F
Arranged
09/21/2019   -   10/05/2019 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Sa
SAPC 103 9678 Flowers and Flower Close Ups Schoenfeld F
Arranged
09/21/2019 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Sa
SAPC 108 9684 Horses Up Close and Personal Schoenfeld F
Arranged
09/28/2019 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Sa
SAPC 111 9690 Aquarium Creatures Schoenfeld F
Arranged
10/05/2019 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Sa
SDDC 101 9636 Ballroom Dance: Level 2 (Individual/Couple) Chapman Rich
Bldg 4 Rm 109
09/23/2019   -   11/04/2019 07:15 pm - 08:30 pm
M
SDDC 101 9638 Ballroom Dance: Level 2 (Individual/Couple) Chapman Rich
Bldg 4 Rm 109
09/23/2019   -   11/04/2019 07:15 pm - 08:30 pm
M
SMGC 106 9002 Tai Chi Does It All (Individual/Couple) Taff, Hao J
Bldg 4 Rm 109
10/15/2019   -   11/19/2019 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm
T
SMGC 106 9004 Tai Chi Does It All (Individual/Couple) Taff, Hao J
Bldg 4 Rm 109
10/15/2019   -   11/19/2019 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm
T