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KCS Celebrates Lynn Yokomizo's 45 Years of Service

September 16, 2019
By KCS Staff

“A terrific teacher with an endless amount of energy.” This statement below Lynn Yokomizo's 1982 yearbook photo has epitomized her four and half decades of service at Kaimuki Christian School. Persuaded by founding principal Helen McKenzie to join her staff in 1974, Ms. Yokomizo's career has encompassed 45 out of the 51 years of the school's history, as she has taught 5th grade (1 year), 6th grade (7 years), 2nd grade (11 years), and kindergarten (26 years).

On Saturday, September 6, a gathering of family, colleagues, former students and junior leaders, and friends honored her legacy and lasting impact at KCS. Given the nickname "the original energizer bunny" by former principal Mark Gallagher, Ms. Yokomizo consistently demonstrated her dedication to students and the school by implementing new programs. She is credited with starting the summer program, summer junior leader program, outer island trip to the Big Island, camps, and Student Council.

She initiated and directed After School Care and Intersession Care as well as helped to start the annual Kyle-Lenn-Joey Scholarship Walkathon. These programs are part of the success of KCS today, a reflection of Ms. Yokomizo's drive and determination to create these experiences for her students, often starting with little or no resources or personnel.  Former students and junior leaders express gratitude for Ms. Yokomizo's guidance and mentorship, which helped to shape their lives as young adults. Kellie (Kakugawa) Saiki recalls how she eagerly awaited for Ms. Yokomizo's 6th grade class; she emerged grateful for the values and love of learning that was instilled in her. Ms. Yokomizo also masterfully balanced hard work with fun, as her junior leaders and colleagues speak of the memorable outings, trips, and activities she led.

Ms. Yokomizo begins a new season in her life, continuing to care for others with the same faithful energy that she served KCS. She is often approached by former students who share about their lives and reminisce about the special times at KCS. She calls these moments "gems," a testament to the impact of the KCS experience that has continued through the years.