Niu Valley Middle School

An International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme World School



Niu Valley Middle School

Sean S. Tajima, Principal/Head of School

Sean S. Tajima, Principal

Sean Tajima has served as Principal of Niu Valley Middle School since July 2014.  His priorities at Niu Valley Middle School are to continue to promote the Middle School Philosophy and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

He is a graduate of Iolani High School ‘88, and has earned the following college degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology, Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Masters of Educational Administration, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Mr. Tajima’s professional career includes:

  • Special Education Teacher, Nanakuli High & Intermediate School
  • School Counselor, Nanakuli High & Intermediate School
  • School Counselor, Pearl City Highlands Elementary School
  • School Counselor, Kapolei Middle School
  • Vice Principal, Kapolei Middle School
  • Principal, Makakilo Elementary School
  • Principal, Pauoa Elementary School

Annually, Mr. Tajima serves on a team of practicing principals in the Certification Institute for School Leaders program.  He helps to provide workshops in various areas of school administration both as a presenter and as a scenario rater.

Mr. Tajima is a firm believer in the Middle School philosophy, and its approach to develop the “whole child.”  He feels that middle school is one of the most important crossroads in a student’s life.  It is at that crossroad where they consciously or unconsciously choose a certain path to follow.  The needs of the middle school student are very unique, and require a lot of intentional support to help them choose the “right” path.

Academically, Mr. Tajima is also a strong supporter of the IB program.  IB promotes students to be internationally-minded and to develop inquiry skills.  The goal is to provide a world-class education where students can be successful anywhere in the world.

Mr. Tajima’s vision for Niu Valley Middle School is to provide a world class education through the implementation of the Middle School philosophy and IB at Niu Valley Middle School.  The goal is to produce students who are well-rounded, are able to demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, and will be able to succeed anywhere in the world.