Meet the Teach: Shay Rego


Shay Rego is the second grade teacher at The Priory. She grew up in Kapahulu and attended Kaiser High School. She attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood and a Master's Degree in Educational Foundations with Leadership.

This is Shay.

How did you get into teaching? What made you want to pursue this career?

I had an amazing kindergarten teacher who I admired and wanted to be like. She had a big heart and I can still remember the exciting experiences I had as a student. In high school, I volunteered and started as an afternoon aide at KCAA Kuapa Preschool. From there, my love for teaching blossomed and I knew education was the career for me!

What is your favorite part about teaching?

My favorite part about teaching is working with the students and families. I love learning about each student as an individual and seeing their development and growth throughout the school year. Working together and building positive relationships with families is essential in supporting students to gain successful outcomes.

What do you currently teach? What have you previously taught?

I currently teach 2nd grade at The Priory and I am loving it! My girls are the sweetest bunch and have been so welcoming! I love coming to school each day and seeing what adventures we have. Previously, I taught kindergarten and pre-K.

What is a current goal and/or project you are working on?

My current goal is to have better time management and organization skills as a teacher, mom, wife, daughter, team mom, etc. With different roles and multiple schedules of activities, I strive to be the best I can with each job I have and want to be on top of things.

What is the best part about teaching at St. Andrew's Schools?

The best part about teaching at St. Andrew's is the aloha and love I have been showered with since coming here. Like my students, everyone here has been so welcoming and supportive. My daughters have told me the same thing. Their classmates and teachers have been very helpful and loving. We feel blessed to be part of the St. Andrew's Schools 'ohana.

Who or what inspires you?

My family inspires me to be a better version of myself. With each day, week, month and year, my goal is to experience, reflect and grow. My daughters have taught me many things as a mom/teacher and I continue to learn from them daily. My husband is very encouraging and supportive in all that I do. My students inspire me to become a well-rounded educator and continue my path as a life long learning.

What is the best advice someone has given to you? Who was that person?

"When things get challenging, remember your purpose or reason." This is so true, as a lot of the time we just think of all the challenges and obstacles we face. As adults, this can occur at numerous points in our lives and can be applied in various situations. Being a new teacher, my mentor teacher shared this with me upon graduation and it always stuck with me.

What is your wish for your students?

My wish for my students is to continue their love for learning, inspire and uplift others around them and to grow to be hard working individuals in our world. I wish that they can each embrace who they are as individuals and share their uniqueness to all.

What is one interesting thing people may not know about you?

One interesting thing people may not know about me is that I like to make our family meals from scratch so I know what exactly goes into the dish. We rarely eat out. My daughters like to help in the kitchen with cooking and baking so it is good family time. My husband and I started making our girlsʻ food when they were babies and are continuing this as they grow older.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my family. We like to swim at the pool or beach, play at the park or just relax at home. Our relaxing at home is having a family dance party to different types of music or playing one of our many board games.

Tell us about your family.

My husband is very involved and enjoys keeping our family active and healthy through different activities. I have two daughters, Olive and Ivy. Olive is 7 years old and loves to dance and read. Ivy is 5 years old and loves to dance just like her sister and do burpees just like her Daddy!