“People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get,” says Class of 2020 Vice Principal Kevin Dias from his new position as VP at Kaimuki Middle School, leaving Kaiser students with the same Frederick Douglass quote he began his New Freshman Orientation speech with back in August of 2016.
Dias began working at Kaiser as a Vice Principal Intern in the 2016-17 school year, and became a full time Vice Principal (VP) for the 2017-18 year. His prior work as a teacher at Kaimuki Middle School and a psychiatric assistant at the Queen’s Medical Center prepared him for working with students as a VP. However, Dias attributed his understanding of the administrative side of the job to his time at Kaiser High School, expressing appreciation for his experiences working with its students and staff. “It is wonderful to see students interacting and growing as
young adults… I will miss the relationships that I established with students and colleagues. I also enjoyed being a part of all of the different activities that the high
school environment has to offer,” he said.
While at Kaiser, Dias’ main project was implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). MTSS are various programs and techniques designed to improve student behavior and character starting in the classroom. “[It was] admittedly a difficult task to undertake at the high school level, as many of the components are more common at an elementary or middle school level,” Dias said. “However, if the bottom line is doing what’s best for students —providing proactive supports for students— it’s worth it.” These techniques include behavioral guidelines, incentives, and strategies, all of which Dias played an essential part in developing into Kaiser’s Positive Behavior Matrix, Positive Behavior Incentive Program, and Positive Classroom Management Strategies.
Dias’ decision to become a VP at Kaimuki Middle was made for several reasons, but paramount was his desire to support his family. With three children in three different schools, and a home nearer to Kaimuki than Kaiser, Dias felt it was the best way to be more involved as a father. Additionally, as a former Kaimuki Middle teacher, he knew the transition would not be too difficult. “Still,” Dias said, “I am saddened by the timing of my departure… It was a joy to work at Kaiser High School.” In his final message for Kaiser students, Dias stressed the importance of hard work, accountability, and making memories. “You only experience high school once. Make it count. Take advantage of the opportunities that Kaiser has to offer,” he said. “Value the relationships that you make with friends, teachers, and coaches, as these can be life-long. Take responsibility for your actions, right or wrong. Always.”
Tara Morisato / Associate & News Editor