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Principal's Message

Aloha Pearl City Elementary Parents and Guardians,


I am humbled and honored to be the TA Principal for Pearl City Elementary School. I have the experience and mind set to be an effective principal and guide Pearl City Elementary through this constantly changing time during a pandemic.


I began my career with the Hawaii State Department of Education as a classroom teacher and taught at Waipahu Elementary for nine years. In 2014 I became a TA vice principal for Waipahu Elementary and went through the state Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL) program to become an administrator, and in 2018 I served as acting principal for Waipahu Elementary. Although my 16 years in the DOE have been at Waipahu Elementary, I have worked under six different principals, and have been able to experience many types of leadership styles to help me grow as an administrator.


I am confident in my abilities as a leader and I will be able to successfully lead Pearl City Elementary in the interim. I look forward to meeting everyone and building relationships with staff, students and families.


Thank you for your continued support of Pearl City Elementary School. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please feel free to contact me at
(808) 307-5400.




James Suster
TA Principal
Pearl City Elementary School