is a can-do woman.
For Pagotto, working with students is the most satisfying part of being an educator.
"It's the primary pleasure, opening windows on the world for students to look at, to look at the world in a different way," she
no longer teaches regularly, Pagotto returns to the classroom three to four times a semester as a guest lecturer.
especially loves linguistics classes.
"Language is something everybody uses.
We don't stop to think how it happens or how it changes," said Pagotto
, "But language is fascinating.
It's a class about something everyone can contribute to."
background as a linguist for her
While working at schools in Papua New Guinea, she
was often asked to perform tasks that she
was not necessarily trained to do, such as coaching basketball, drawing the lines on a baseball field, or teaching science.
It was there, Pagotto
said, that she
learned that if a person really tries, he
can accomplish anything.
offered students a "money back guarantee," the premise of which was that she
would refund students their tuition if they did not at some point in their studies experience a "wow" moment.
has not yet had to return a student's money.
Keith Kashiwada, Coordinator of Student Engagement, said, "I've had the pleasure of getting to work with Louise when she was an instructor.
Since Pagotto began working at KCC 20 years ago, she has witnessed an increase in the numbers of students, faculty and staff, as well as numerous advances in technology.
The Internet has allows for online classes and supplementary materials, creating new ways for educators to create relationships with students.
transition from faculty member to administrator.
"Faculty, administration, students and support staff all have a role to play in successful learning.
We all want to make sure that learning happens successfully and positively," she
Asked about what she
is proudest of accomplishing on campus, Pagotto
replied, "Collaborative relationships are what support the institution.
I'm happy with the way I've been able to work with others to accomplish those goals."
friendship with others on campus is evident in her
"mooseum," an antlered collection of moose collectibles that inhabits her
shelves and wall space.
The collection began when Pagotto
posted a moose picture on her
office door, formerly in Kalia.
When the poster was stolen, Pagotto
posted a message chastising the thief.
note did not yield the return of her
poster, but it did result in an influx of moose-related gifts from others on campus.
now has a good-sized collection of moose paraphernalia.
is out of town, a Bullwinkle doll sits at her
desk as her
signature white gloves visible at his
Most days, however, it is Pagotto
herself in that chair, ready to greet any visitor.
current projects include working on a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education
, which will be used to strengthen KCC
The school is also focused on meeting the state's economic needs, helping students to graduate with skill sets that will help Hawai'i move forward, with particular encouragement toward programs such as nursing, hospitality and education.
To students, Pagotto
advises, "Save 10 percent of everything you earn.
Floss once a day.
Pagotto, interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, holds office in a room filled with moose collectibles.
appreciates that her
job allows her
to "give support to see dreams come true."