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Sharon Abrigo

Sharon Abrigo is the Director of Curriculum at Myron B. Thompson Academy, a hybrid (virtual and face to face) charter school in Honolulu. Over a 5-year period, Ms. Abrigo and MBTA staff have redesigned the school’s curriculum and assessments, leading to a significant rise in test scores.


Jessica Abshire

Originally from South Bend, Indiana, Jessica spent some time teaching in Wisconsin before moving to Hawaii. She currently teaches 6th grade at Hanalani Schools, motivating early teenagers to reaching their potential and preparing them for future success in communities both locally and around the world.


Suzanne Acord

Dr. Acord has worked with students and teachers in the USA and in Micronesia. She uses technology on a daily basis to increase student learning and to communicate with her students and families. She especially enjoys working with beginning teachers and reluctant teachers.


Maria Veronica D.C. Agbanlog

Maria Agbanlog is a math and science teacher at Myron B. Thompson Academy. She has a BA in Chemistry and a MAED in Curriculum and Technology. Maria has previously worked as a science and math teacher in Guam, as an Upward Bound Math instructor, and as an educational Specialist in Guam.


John Allen III

An alumnus of Wai'anae High School's Searider Productions, John has over 10+ years producing and directing videos professionally. He is a former news photographer for KGMB9 and creative director for KHON2. He has received six Emmy awards and numerous local awards for his broadcast news work. He has also been a video advisor to Wai'anae Coast schools for over 12 years. He has supervised student production teams across Hawai'i, the U.S. mainland, and the People's Republic of China. John is also the founder of Makaha Studios, LLC which is the for-profit spin-off of Searider Productions. He is currently the Chief Creative Director at Makaha Studios and a full-time Technical Advisor at Searider Productions. Under John's direction, Searider Productions has won over 600 local and national awards over the last eight years.


Rachel Armstrong

Listen quick! Rachel Armstrong moves, thinks and speaks at lightning speed. Whether she's "jinging," "glogging" or "Go-Animating" she engages her students and colleagues with her lively wit. You will be in awe of how she has flipped traditional learning into a virtual adventure.


Matthew Baylor

Matthew has developed innovative teaching methods that incorporate online resources, such as TEDtalks, and various classroom multimedia tools to inspire students to learn in varied ways. He has taught students from sixth grade to college level. He is currently teaching Theory of Knowledge and Intermediate Robotics at Island Pacific Academy.


Frederick A. Birkett

Frederick A. Birkett is presently a Vice-Principal Mentor at Chaminade University’s Alternative Certification for School Administrator Program. As a Vice-Principal mentor, Fred helps to facilitate and guide candidate’s growth and development in assessing good teaching, and coaching Vice-Principals in the use of effective instructional strategies. Fred is an experienced charter school principal in New York City, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Hawaii. Most recently, he was principal at Lanikai school in Kailua, and the University Laboratory School. Fred is a published author of two books: Charter Schools A Parent’s Complete Guide to Finding the Right School for Your Child (Prima Publishing 2000); The Military Parent’s Complete Guide to Public, Private, and Charter Schools (Amazon 2013). He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Also, he is presently completing a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and is currently writing his dissertation with a focus on training school principals to perform effective teacher evaluations.


Marcia Braden

Marcia Braden is a middle school science teacher at St. Anthony's School in Kailua, Hawaii.


Brendan Brennan

Brendan Brennan works as a teacher/research with the University Laboratory School as well as a trainer with The Janus Group. When not helping schools integrate 21st century skills into their classrooms, Brendan can be found scouring the earth in search of the perfect bowl of clam chowder.


Amy Burvall

A Humanities teacher for 20 years in several of Oahu's private schools, Amy is a leader in educational technology professional development programs. She is currently teaching at Le Jardin Academy International Baccalaureate (IB) "world school" and attempts to juggle a YouTube career with creative partner Herb Mahelona, where they are known simply as the "Historyteachers". Her work in the History for Music Lovers project YouTube channel, which features history-based parody music videos with over 7 million views, has appeared in Wired magazine, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Honolulu Magazine, CBC, NPR, and international blogs and media. She and Herb were privileged to present at TEDxHonolulu 2011 and currently Amy serves as co-curator for TEDxHonoluluEd 2012. She has presented at Ignite Honolulu (2012), Punahou Lab School, The Association for Advanced Computing in Education (2011), the Hawaii Independent Schools Association's Schools of the Future Conference (2010, 2011, 2012), and in Vancouver at the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers Association Conference.


Heather Calabro

Heather earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut, and her master's in secondary education from Chaminade University. She is a founding faculty member of Mid-Pacific eXploratory, a program that features project-based learning as the primary focus of student work. She is an advocate and practitioner of leveraging interdisciplinary, 21st century technology and skills to solve authentic, real-world problems. Heather believes that students benefit the most in an environment that balances student centered project work with structure.


Dr. Chris Cale

Experience: K-12, community college and university instructor. Marriage, family and child counselor and K-12 and college counselor. School Administrator for 9 years. Currently teaching masters and PhD level education courses at Argosy University. Have traveled to 49 countries, mostly developing nations, taught and lived overseas. Passion for education, children, and the ANYTHING is possible for any student! PhD In Curriculum and Instruction from University of South Florida.


Liz Castillo

Liz Castillo is a Technology Resource Teacher at Punahou School. She is passionate about sharing technology integration strategies with teachers and fostering opportunities for collaboration and global connections. Liz has experience in the classroom as a 1:1 laptop teacher and has been successful at using technology to engage students in the learning process. Liz was honored to be named a Google Certified Teacher & Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, Siemens STEM Fellow, and an Edmodo Distinguished Mentor. She currently serves as a member of the Apple Challenge Based Learning Advisory Board


Luisa Castro

Luisa F. Castro is an Extension Educator at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) working with agricultural professionals focusing on community outreach and education in Hawaii and the American Pacific. Prior to working at UHM, she worked for numerous conservation organizations in the state to protect Hawaii's unique environment. Ms. Castro has a Master's degree in Educational Technology and is currently an Educational Technology doctoral candidate at UHM.


Christopher Coats

Teaching for 25 years. Masters in music theory and Education Technology


Sean Connors

Sean has been teaching technology to educators and students in Hawaii for the past 13 years. A firm believer in the positive impact Web 2.0 tools can have in the classroom, he has lead a variety of workshops on Google integration, digital media and student blogging. As the middle school Design Technology teacher at Le Jardin Academy, Sean teaches students about digital citizenship and digital media tools. Outside of the classroom, Sean advises the middle school technology club and the middle and high school Ultimate Frisbee teams.


Jim Crum

Director of Technology and Teacher at the Academy of the Pacific and Director of IT Services at 'Iolani School, Jim has been involved in implementing technology at schools and other nonprofits since 1986. He shepherded the implementation of an iPad 1:1 program at AOP in 2012, and is at 'Iolani to reshape the IT Services department for the 2013 1:1 iPad rollout.


Anastacio Dalde III

Anastacio Dalde III is currently completing a Masters in Physics at UH Manoa. He has previously worked as an Academic Coordinator/Teacher for Upward Bound and taught at Leeward Community College Leeward. At present, Mr. Dalde teaches science at Myron B. Thompson Academy.


P. Matthew Dillon

Born and raised just north of NYC. Received MA from Columbia University-Teachers College in Curriculum and Teaching Childhood & Elementary Education (1986). Taught 11yrs in the Nyack ISD (NY), 2yrs in the Burleson ISD (TX), 3yrs in the Port Arthur ISD (TX) and has been at IPA since 2010. In between teaching positions, coached collegiate soccer.


Denise Espania

Denise Espania has 16 years in education. Denise has taught elementary and high school general and special education in Hawai'i and Washington, worked in teacher education at the University of Washington, and spent the last 5 years leading elementary and middle schools as a school administrator. Denise returns home to the islands as the Regional Director for Envision Learning Partners. Envision Schools, located in the Bay Area in California, has fostered learning environments for students to tackle real world problems and engage in learning guided by rigorous performance assessments. To learn more about Envision Schools please visit


Leigh Fitzgerald

Leigh Fitzgerald, executive director of Hawaii Technology Academy, is dedicated to increasing access to quality education to students in remote areas, those in transient family situations and those students who do not fit into the traditional classroom setting. A graduate of Brown and Harvard, her academic interests and broad work experience in brick and mortar, virtual and blended learning public, charter and private schools enable her to view teaching and learning from multiple vantage points. A true believer that there is a "right school for the right student at the right time in his or her academic career, Leigh is excited to grow HTA across the Hawaiian Islands. Leigh's experience as an educator includes teaching at Lahainaluna High School, serving as a teacher and Principal at Maui Preparatory Academy and serving as the Upper School Director at Wildwood School in Los Angeles California.


Michael Fricano II

Teaching for almost 6 years. First 3 years spent as a 4th/5th grade teacher at 'Ike. The last 2 1/2 years, I've been a Technology Coordinator at 'Ike.


Elizabeth Garrison

Elizabeth Garrison is the technology instructor at St. Anthony School in Kailua, Hawaii where she teaches grades k-8 and is responsible for the professional development. Elizabeth presents and consults around the country at schools and conferences on topics such as project based learning, ePortfolios, social media in education, and the integration of technology in the classroom. She is an Adobe Education Leader, an Adobe Certified Expert and a member of The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and serves as the secretary for The Hawaii Society for Technology in Education (HSTE).


Elizabeth Gianfrancisco

Elizabeth Gianfrancisco is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa (MEd, MA) and Northwestern University. She is currently in her fifth year of teaching English at Myron B. Thompson Academy. Elizabeth is part of the ongoing AP/Institutue redesign and has also helped redesign the English program at the school.


Mark Hines

Mark Hines holds a BS in Physics, a Masters in Educational Technology and is an Educational Technology doctoral candidate at the University of Hawai'i. He has taught Science, Math and Technology for 30 years. He is passionate about teaching, learning and the future of education. Mark consults and presents locally and nationally on issues of technology in education and school transformation.He serves as a planning member of the Schools of the Future initiative for Hawai'i Independent Schools. He serves on the boards of the Hawai'i Society for Technology in Education, and a new charter school: The School for Examining Essential Questions on Sustainability . In his position as Director of MPX (Mid-Pacific eXploratory) at Mid-Pacific Institute (MPI), Mark oversees the planning, development and deployment of an innovative integrated, student centered PBL option for MPI High School students.


Micah Hirokawa

Micah Hirokawa is a full time Director of Music at Le Jardin Academy. He also operates a private music education studio, Wide River Academy of Fine Arts that specializes in group/individual instruction; along with conducting research focused based in redefining learning disabilities as abilities through musical strategies. In 2012 Hirokawa presented his research at the SOTF conference, and since then has spoken at schools throughout the state. This year he was also featured as a TEDx Honolulu speaker: Redefining The Learning Environment. To learn more about his research, methods, and strategies visit him at


Kristina Holzweiss

I am currently employed as a school library media specialist. Previously, I taught seventh-grade English for nine years. I received both a BA and an MA in English. In addition, I completed the Educational Computing # from SUNY Stony Brook, and received my MLS in Library Studies from CW Post. I have taught several in-service classes, and am a certified Thinkfinity trainer, Intel Master Teacher, Glogster Ambassador, Edcanvas Ambassador, and Edmodo Ambassador. My presentations include the LI Language Arts Council Conference, the Western Suffolk BOCES Annual School Library System Conference, NY Library Association, Suffolk School Library Media, LI School Media Association, Long Island Tech Summit, and LICSS.


Douglas Kiang

Douglas Kiang is a Curriculum Resource Teacher at Punahou School, specializing in technology and mobile devices. He has over twenty years of teaching experience in elementary, middle, and high schools. Douglas is the Co-Director of the Lab School@Punahou, a cohort-based professional development experience for teachers from around the world. He has been a featured speaker at local and national conferences including Alan November's BLC, ISTE, and the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit. He holds a Master's Degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard, and is an Apple Distinguished Educator.


Art Kimura

Art Kimura is the Program Director for Future Flight Hawaii at the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, University of Hawaii


Rene Kimura

Rene Kimura is the Future Flight Coordinator for Future Flight Hawaii at the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, University of Hawaii


Ming Wei Koh

Koh Ming Wei, Ph.D. in Sustainability Education, is the Sustainability Curriculum Facilitator at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, works with educators of all levels and ages to integrate sustainability into curriculum, programming, and professional development.


Dana Len

Dana Len has been a teacher in the Art Department at Punahou School for 13 years. She teaches Drawing and Painting, and co-taught the Summer 2012 Western Art and Architecture Class. She is currently the Art Department Head.


Linda Lindsay

Linda Lindsay is the librarian at Seabury Hall, a college-preparatory Gr.6-12 independent school, on the island of Maui. She is a Google Certified teacher. She is keenly interested in integration of technology in the classroom, social media best practices, digital literacy for students, and books and reading for everyone. She maintains two professional blogs: mauilibrarian2 in Olinda, and SEABURY READS.


Joyce N. Luka

Joyce N. Luka is a Palolo Elementary School Teacher/Science and Mathematics Coordinator.



Kimble McCann

Kimble has been involved with the field of education for over decade. Starting off as an education assistant and moving on to the role of a special education teacher, his additional experience includes instructional design, education & technology consulting, and professional development. Currently, as a doctoral student in ED-TECH, he is researching how technological-pedagogical-and-content knowledge can support all learners.


Heidi McGivern

Teaching in the Catholic schools for 24 years. 2012 SOTF conference presenter. 2011-2012 NAIS Teacher of the Future. Masters in Middle Level Education. 2013 Common Sense Media Expert Reviewer.


Debbie Millikan

Dr. Debbie Millikan is the Co-director of the Waikiki School Food Farm and Sustainability Coordinator at Waikiki Elementary School


Raymond Mohrman

Ray Mohrman joined HTA as the East Hawaii and West Maui Island Coordinator in 2012 after over a decade of teaching High School English and Senior Projects at both Lahainaluna High School and Maui Preparatory Academy. Now running a "one room school house" in multiple locations on both island, Ray serves as a learning coach to students in grades K-12. Ray also teaches yoga and enjoys an active lifestyle on Maui.


Roxanne Mourant

Roxy Mourant is a life-long Alaskan, passionate student-centered learning with place-based lessons tied to standards that excite students and stimulate their curiosity. Roxy attended the University of Alaska and Alaska Pacific University, and she completed her master's in Education through Ashford University. Roxy began her teaching internship at Tustumena Elementary School in Kasilof in the early 1980's, and most recently taught at Highland Tech Charter school; one of eight Microsoft Innovative Schools in America. Focusing on high school Careers, Alaska Studies, Music, and Robotics, she won one of the top teaching awards from the Anchorage School District. As a private pilot, she encourages youth to pursue careers in Aviation and other career pathways that are critical for Alaska's economy and future. In her role at EED, Roxy assists Alaskan districts to create future leaders by addressing needs of rural education and ways to reach all students with the use of innovative technology. Alaska's culture and geography uniqueness presents opportunities for solutions that enable collaboration across agencies and helps sets a model for other states. Roxy helps coordinate collaboration with the University of Alaska, Alaska State Libraries and Museums, Alaska's Learning Network, Alaska State School Boards Association, the Alaska Council of School Administrators, industry partners and many others, in education, health, and economics to engage in activities supporting Alaskan students.


Thanh Truc Nguyen

Truc Nguyen leads the School Internet Safety Initiative at the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) of the College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa. She conducts research on how the Internet impacts learning for people of all ages. She is particularly interested in the voice of the youth in this digital, finger-swipe driven, instantaneous information age. Truc is currently an Associate Specialist in Learning Technologies at UH and serves as the Associate Director of CRDG.


Joan Okai

Joan Okai leads the VEX Robotics Program at Highlands Intermediate School - the only Hawaii school in the World VEX Hall of Fame


Elizabeth Park

Elizabeth Park is the Director of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Montessori Teacher Education (MTEP) Program at Chaminade University of Honolulu. When she became the director of ECE and MTEP program at Chaminade University of Honolulu, she worked on converting some of the face-to-face courses into online courses that sparked her interest in technology integration in education. She is currently working on Ph.D. in Educational Technology at University of Hawai'i Manoa. Her research interests are factors that enhance engagement in online learning and mobile technology integration in early childhood education.


Robert Pennybacker

Robert Pennybacker is a graduate of Punahou School and earned a B.A. in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California. He has worked in Hawaii's television industry for more than thirty years, and was most recently named Executive Producer, Learning Initiatives for PBS Hawaii. Robert oversaw the February 2011 launch of HIKI NO: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network and continues as the program's Executive Producer. HIKI NO airs every Thursday at 7:30pm on PBS Hawaii. The half-hour show is comprised of news stories, news-you-can-use features, and on-camera introduction segments - all anchored, reported, written, shot, and edited by Hawaii elementary, middle, and high school students with the supervision of their teachers. In 2012, PBS Hawaii's HIKI NO was one of only two Public Television initiatives recognized for innovation by the Association of Public Television Stations' Edge Award.


Jenelle Peterson

Believing that "being an inspiration to children is the most progressive political act of all," Jenelle Peterson has taught in classrooms as diverse as Compton and Maui. A die-hard fan of TED talks, Jenelle began exploring the use of TED talks in her instructional practice last year when her students researched and developed their own TED talks as historical figures. In January of this year, she took the stage herself as one of TEDxMaui's presenters, receiving a standing ovation for her talk, "Engaging Students in Conversations that Matter." She currently teaches fourth-grade at Maui Preparatory Academy.


Jeffrey Piontek

Jeff Piontek is an author, keynote speaker and teacher (most importantly). He has worked with U.S. school districts nationally on affecting educational change and reform. Jeff is a former Director of Instructional and Informational Technology for the NYC Department of Education and State Science Specialist for the Hawaii Department of Education. Jeff is an educational innovator and has been the keynote for many conferences nationally and internationally, working in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and China. His expertise in educational technology includes design thinking, digital storytelling, mobile learning, the common core and the design of innovative spaces for learning. He has received many accolades including an award for "Innovation in the Economy by an Individual" from the Governor of the State of Hawaii for his STEM education work.


Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka

Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka, M.S. is a Junior Specialist faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the Project Coordinator of the Hawaii Preschool Positive Engagement Project (HPPEP) for the College of Education's Center on Disability Studies. HPPEP works at fostering positive interactions for preschool students in their school and home settings.


Kerri Schweibert

Kerri Schweibert received a B.A. in English Education from Stony Brook University, a TEFL certificate in Barcelona, and an M.A. in English literature from Queens College. Born and raised in New York, she spent time traveling and studying abroad before deciding to settle down in Hawai’i. Last year she presented at the Schools of the Future Conference, and the past two years she presented at Kukulu Kaiaulu (Kamehameha Schools Education Technology Conference). She has been teaching English at Assets High School for the past 6 years.


Kris Schwengel

I have taught in both public and private schools for 18 years. I strive to help students find the fun in learning.


Patty Stephens

Patty Stephens is an innovative mathematics educator, visionary leader, and National Board Certified Teacher (AYA/Math) with a Master's Degree coupled with 19 years of experience that includes instructing secondary mathematics students, securing resources, increasing program effectiveness, involvement in numerous technology grants and projects, supporting educators and developing state-level math assessments for WA State.


Terryl Stewart

Terryl Stewart is a middle school Social Studies teacher with a Master's Degree in History. Terryl retired as a Commander in the United States Navy in 2005 and has been teaching American Government, American History, World History, and Economics for the last eight years at St. Anthony Catholic School in Kailua, HI.


Renee Teraoka

Renee Teraoka is currently an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher at Kamehameha Middle School. She has shared her strategies for integrating technology and middle school concepts at numerous state and national venues including the 2006 National Middle School Association's Annual Conference, ISTE 2011 and 2012, Association for Middle Level Education's Annual Conference in November 2012, and will present at ISTE 2013.


Miki Tomita

Dr. Miki Tomita is the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction at University Laboratory School


Suzy Travis

Suzy Travis is the high school principal at Assets School. Prior to her appointment as principal in 2009, she was a teacher at Assets High School for eight years where she taught courses in math and technology, managed the high school assistive technology program, and took on a variety of leadership roles. She has a total of 16 years of classroom teaching experience. Suzy holds a B.A. in Math Education from the University of Northern Colorado, an M.A. in Information Learning Technology from the University of Colorado, and a M.Ed. in Private School Leadership through the University of Hawaii and HAIS, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree. Suzy has also been instrumental in designing and implementing Assets' Schools of the Future Grant Initiative. One of Suzy's visions for Assets School is to cultivate a global community of educators, parents, alumni, and students, in order to support students with learning differences.


Shanah Trevenna

Named by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of five that will shape Hawaii for the next 50 years, Shanah Trevenna is a leading sustainability engineer, educator, author, and consultant. Shanah is the founder of the Student Energy Ambassador Development (SEAD) program, which offers hands-on and experiential learning to 5th through 12th graders on how to energy audit their schools and save the school thousands of dollars in energy costs. This unique program empowers students to make energy changes in their school and then pass their knowledge on to fellow students and the community. Shanah currently teaches sustainability in the Honors Program at UHM, is the President of the Sustainability Association of Hawaii, and speaks nationally on her book, Surfing Tsunamis of Change


Michael Walker

Prior to coming to Punahou fifteen years ago, I worked in two mainland independent schools, and one international school, all K-12 institutions. I began my career as a high school teacher before moving into a sequence of administrative roles. I was born in Australia, grew up in Mexico City, and raised my family here in Hawaii. I am currently immersed in the Ed.D Educational Foundations program at UH.


Bill Wiecking

Bill has been a teacher in Hawaii since 1981, in both high school and college levels. He now works with a talented group of students in the new Energy Lab at Hawaii Prep on the big island, where he lives with his family.


Joshua Winter

Joshua is a middle school Social Science and English teacher at St. Andrew's Priory School. He holds a master's degree in Educational Technology from The College of New Jersey and is presently an ETEC doctoral student at the University of Hawaii, College of Education.


Linda Wong

Linda Wong leads the Momentum Academy and Robotics Program at Stevenson Middle School


Mark Yap

Mark Yap has over 15 years of experience in information technology (IT) and in video/multimedia production. In his various roles over the years, which include assistant teaching in Multimedia for grade six students for seven summers, consulting on IT and audio visual needs, creating multimedia content for K-12, and bridging IT in a blended K-20 environment. He is currently the IT manager for the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Elizabeth Yuen

Technology Coordinator for 'Ike since 2006. Taught 4th grade before that.


Evelyn Zayas

Evelyn received her Master's of Science in Software Engineering and her PhD in Computing Technology in Education. As the engineering and technology instructor at Kihei Charter High School on Maui, she teaches the PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering courses. Evelyn has facilitated at variety of student projects to include robotics, 3D modeling, and wearable electronics.