University of Hawai‘i
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Dean's Office

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Dean's Office


Maenette began her education career teaching in the K-12 school system for 15 years. During this time she had the opportunity to serve as a Kindergarten teacher and K-12 curriculum specialist (California), pre-school and elementary school administrator (Texas), district-level administrator (Washington), and secondary school teacher (Hawaiʻi: Kaiser High School and Kamehameha School Kapālama).  She joined the College of Education faculty at Michigan State University in January of 1993, where she built a strong base of inquiry that centered on (a) the nature of engaged and collective educational leadership across diverse communities and organizations; (b) the wisdom of knowing and praxis of social justice envisioned and enacted by educational and community leaders; (c) the meaning and value of systems knowledge in the work of sustained community-based capacity building; and (d) the effects of educational and social policy on vulnerable communities. She has authored 6 books and numerous articles on these topics, keynotes at international conferences, and is past editor (2002-2006) of the American Educational Research Association’s leading educational journal, The American Educational Research Journal: Section on Social and Institutional Analysis. Her passion and commitment to healthy and sustainable learning environments for indigenous learners and their families is grounded on the motto she has lived her life by, “Kūlia i ka nu ‘u!”