Hello! My name is Miki Cacace and I'm so happy that you'd like to get to know more about me. I love teaching and helping students succeed!
I was born and raised on Maui and graduated from Baldwin High in 2002. I LOVE my family and would do anything for them! Unfortunately, my dad passed in January 2014 from cancer so now my mom lives with me. My brother still lives on Maui and has five children. My sister lives in Osaka, Japan with her husband and two boys. I am the youngest child and was married in June 2012. I currently live in Mililani with my husband (Rob), daughter (Abbie), son (Colin), and our two "hot dogs," Peanut and Jellie. :)
I love the outdoors but I do love staying in to relax and be a couch potato sometimes. I enjoy exercising, biking, rock climbing, hiking, going to the beach, playing with our two pups, and caring for my kiddos. My husband and I also run a lot and have finished two marathons, a half marathon, and the Hana relay. Although it’s great to be outdoors, I do love to stay home to watch some of my favorite television shows.
Educational Background/Teaching Experience: I attended University of Hawaii Manoa and received a Bachelor’s degree in Art in the spring of 2007. I worked at an advertising agency for a year before realizing that teaching was my passion. I applied to University of Phoenix Hawaii Campus and obtained a Master’s degree in Elementary Education in the spring of 2010. While attending UOP, I was lucky to get a position at Kalakaua Middle and taught there for seven years. I then worked at Ho'okele Elementary and taught 3rd grade for two years before arriving at my final destination: Ewa Makai Middle School. This will be my third year at EMMS and I'm so fortunate to be working at such an amazing school!!
Expectations: I like to establish a positive and safe classroom, which fosters a love for learning in a well organized and academically rich classroom where students can have fun and be active learners. I also provide support and guidance to help them transition into middle school. I do not tolerate bullying and always stress acceptance, kindness, empathy, and respect for one another. I encourage students to have a growth mindset and to try their best as they develop a strong sense of self and responsibility.
My Favorites: Color: Pink Pet: Dogs Zoo Animal: Elephants Flower: Orchid Lily Vacation Spot: Disney World and New York Store: Target Food: Pizza Movie: A Walk to Remember and Shawshank Redemption TV Show: Amazing Race and Big Brother Author: Danielle Steel and Nicholas Sparks School Subject: STEM