An outside-the-box approach to learning: Fern White creates a dynamic, multi-faceted classroom experience

  • White, who competed in the world championship in open division barrel racing, likes to say that everything she needed to know she learned from horses. (COURTESY PHOTO/LYTHA WHITE)

  • White visits with Kohala High School graduate Yuki Zybtovsky who now attends Harvard University. The college application essay she wrote in White’s English class is in Harvard’s book featuring 50 top application essays.

  • White helps Kohala High School students learn while utilizing their interests and engaging them in the decision-making. (COURTESY PHOTOs/KOHALA HIGH SCHOOL)

  • Fern White stands outside her classroom at Kohala High School, where she has an important teacher leadership role. (JAN WIZINOWICH/SPECIAL TO WEST HAWAII TODAY )

NORTH KOHALA — With school back in session, at Kohala High School Fern White’s STEM English class is gearing up for another year of exploration, investigation, experimentation and presentation.