Aloha, Mr. Carrasco!

Mr. Carrasco (standing in front of the statue of St. Damien), Principal Br. Daniel Casey, teacher Elle Stricklen, and some of the students who were slated to attend the Mission Trip to Kalaupapa in 2015.

Mr. Carrasco (standing in front of the statue of St. Damien), Principal Br. Daniel Casey, teacher Elle Stricklen, and some of the students who were slated to attend the Mission Trip to Kalaupapa in 2015.

Damien Memorial School bid farewell to Mr. Carlo Carrasco as he left for the State Department of Education late last year where he is now the Vice Principal at Kahuku Elementary School.  While at Damien, Mr. Carrasco rocketed through the ranks during his tenure and made positive impressions on many students and parents and he will surely be missed.

Mr. Carrasco first came to Damien in August of 2006 where he started as a Middle School counselor and later also counseled high school students and then became the Counseling Department Chair.  He then transitioned to an assistant to Dean of Students in charge of Middle School and of High School freshmen.  Mr. Carrasco would later take the position of Dean of Academics and finally the school’s Vice Principal.

“I really enjoyed all of the positions that I held at Damien,” said Mr. Carrasco in a recent email interview, “but I really love counseling.

“I have so many fond memories at Damien, but the one that stands out the most was our (mission) trip to Kalaupapa.  This trip was an experience like no other.  The eight seniors--Christian, Huy, Joshrick, Rhiannon, Chantelle, Sandra, Heather and Kennedy--were phenomenal in wanting to give back to the patients in Kalaupapa and the two Catholic churches there.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all their love and support in the ten years that I was at Damien Memorial School,” said Mr. Carrasco.  “Damien Memorial School will always be in my heart.  It was truly an honor and a blessing to have been a part of the Damien Ohana.”

Mr. Carrasco received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a master’s degree in School Counseling/Psychology from Chaminade University.  Prior to being a part of the Damien Ohana, Mr. Carrasco was a special education teacher at Aliamanu Middle School and at Waiau Elementary School.

Damien Memorial School’s new Vice Principal is Mr. Stephen Lewis, who has been with Damien for many years and has held various positions himself, including Dean of Students.