Jennifer De Silva Stevens

Healthy Living Mentor- North Kohala

Jennifer (Jenny) De Silva Stevens is married and has one son.  She has a very active family; they love being outdoors and with their animals. Jenny enjoys being a teacher, supporting her students, and watching her students grow through her mentorship.  She takes pride in helping the youth of Kohala be successful. Her students know that she is, “strict but fair,” and she feels they appreciate that.

Jenny attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s School (Hilo) and went to college at UH Hilo. She graduated with a BS in Agriculture with a specialty in Animal Science.  Recently, she went back to college and graduated with her Teaching Certification, specializing in Science.

Jenny has been an employee with the DOE for over twenty years in different capacities, and is currently employed at Kohala Middle School.  She teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade AVID and is the ELL Coordinator.

In her spare time she enjoys being with family and friends. Jenny really likes being outdoors, camping, hunting, rodeo, caring for her animals, cooking, and shopping.  Her lifelong hobby has been hula. Jenny is member of the Hawaiʻi Saddle Club, Makaliʻi ʻOhana, The Auxiliary of the DAV, and the Hilo Elks Lodge.

As a Healthy Living Mentor for Ka Hana Noʻeau at Kohala Middle School, Jenny actively teachers her students to live healthy lifestyles. Jenny does so by encouraging the students to take responsibility for their school garden, hiking to cultural places in Kohala, working out at Kamehameha Park gym, and participating with The Blue Zone Project in their community and school.

Healthy food is also a priority for Jenny, that's why her mentorship works with the Kohala Center on the Farm to School food program and her students are part of the Hanauna Ola project, which will help provistion the Makaliʻi canoe with fresh and fresh preserved foods from their garden and community, for her upcoming voyage.

Jenny is fulfilled working her students in Ka Hana Noʻeau because she gets to share with them per passions outside of the classroom. Her students work HARD and have FUN! In a small community like Kohala, its crucial to have a positive and engaging environment for the students; Jenny definitely provides it!