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Shaun Palakiko

Middle School Math Teacher

Degrees and Certifications: B.A. – Psychology (Oregon State)

Aloha!  My name is Shaun Palakiko and I am blessed to be joining the amazing team at Cornerstone Christian Academy.  This is truly an answer to prayer. Where is home for me?  This is both a fun and complicated question.  I was born and raised in Hawaii and specifically on the island of Oahu.  There I enjoyed the performing arts such as Marching Band, Concert Glee as well as Hawaiian/Polynesian Dance.  I then went to Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) where I completed my B.A. in Psychology. After that, I began a career in hotel management at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C.  This is also where I met my beautiful wife of now seven years. After that, we transferred to work at the Hilton Vancouver Washington which became our home for three years. Then we uprooted ourselves to Amman, Jordan for five years where we both served at an international school.  Here is where I discovered my passion for teaching. I taught math for both elementary and middle school aged students. I also have experience teaching English, Science, Social Studies, Bible and even ESL. Teaching has become a calling for me and I am thankful to God for this ministry.  So for me, home is not merely a physical place but rather found in community with God’s people and especially discipling the next generation of Believers. Now that I am back in the Northwest, I am looking forward to enjoying the outdoors by going hiking and playing frisbee golf.  Furthermore, I am hoping to attend live sporting events such as football and basketball. I enjoy studying theology and education.