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Introducing Council Member Avis Mortemore

January 29, 2010

Avis Mortemore

     Avis Mortemore’s teaching career began in 1972 when she graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and was offered a teaching position at Ma’ili Elementary where she taught fourth grade for one year.

     One of the teachers at Ma’ili was a sixth grade teacher named Patrick Uchigakiuchi who later became the first Uniserv Rep for Hilo. 1972 was the year of the first HSTA strike and after that school year ended all of the probationary teachers were not rehired.

     Mortemore moved back to Hilo where she did some substitute teaching before getting a job at Pahoa Elementary teaching kindergarten.   Later she moved to Ernest Bowen DeSilva Elementary School where she taught for 11 years.

     Mortemore transferred to Waiakeawaena where she taught Language Arts to Gifted and Talented third through fifth graders. She left Waiakeawaena to work at the District Office as the Gifted and Talented Program Resource Teacher.

     Mortemore retired after a total of 31 years with the DOE at the end of 2005.

    “Retirement has created a new position for me as bookkeeper and “gopher” for my husband Dick’s and my business called Laupahoehoe Graphics. I am also a member of HIRTA, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and I have volunteered my typing services to help the Hawaii Japanese Center with their newsletter,” she said.

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