Michael Sana received a tremendous surprise when he was presented the prestigious Milken Educator Award at a school-wide assembly to the applause of his students and fellow teachers. Regarded as the "Oscar Award of Teaching," the award honors outstanding excellence in education and comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.
Sana's excellent work as chair of the Waipahu High School science department has helped to transform its science program into an ambitious college-ready platform that challenges students and boosts them towards college science careers.
Sana is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, a post-baccalaureate degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in curriculum studies. He has received 14 education awards over the last ten years from public and private organizations, including the Hawaii State Teachers Association, Bishop Museum, the Society of American Military Engineers, Chevron Hawaii and the National Science Teachers Association.