Thursday, March 21 2019 05:05 AM

Our Staff

Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board Staff

Lynn Hammonds, Executive Director

Lynn Hammonds serves as the Executive Director of HTSB. She provides executive services to the Board, supervises HTSB staff and assists in the development of activities, policies and procedures for effective and efficient organization and implementation of the Board’s policies. After taking office she was instrumental in revising the license renewal process; deploying the online licensing system; revising HTSB’s Administrative Rules; finalizing a Memorandum of Agreement for Data Sharing with the Hawaii Department of Education; facilitating license reciprocity with other states and introducing “green initiatives” into office operations. Lynn is a graduate of Union University with a degree in French, Social Studies and Education, holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Memphis, and is a doctoral student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was among the first teachers certified in 1999 by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a Middle Childhood Generalist. Lynn taught for twenty-five years in elementary, middle and high school and has worked as a technology representative for a computer company in Hawaii and Southern California. She served a member of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Examiners, a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher, a NASA Mentor Teacher and as a support provider for the California Beginning Teacher Support Assessment (BTSA) Program.  Lynn was  elected by her fellow licensing agency state directors as Vice President for the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).  She is also Vice President of the Professional Educator Standards Board Association (PESBA), an organization composed of state licensing agencies that operate as independent boards, and has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a quality assurance association in the field of educator preparation.

Tracey Idica, Specialist


Topher Erickson, Specialist

Dr. Topher Erickson practiced social work with runaway and homeless youth for 10 years before undertaking graduate work in cultural anthropology at American University in Washington DC. His research explores the intersections of social movements, social work and nonprofit organizations in Hawaii. Dr. Erickson continues scholarship in examining systems of power, gender and social justice. As well as how social and cyber space influence our day-to-day interactions. Topher has taught social science courses in higher education in Washington DC and Honolulu for over 12 years. He brings multiple years of experience with curriculum review and implementation in higher education. Dr. Erickson is committed to self-assessment, integrity, and being of service.

Louise Lopez, Licensing Clerk

Elaine Hutchinson, Licensing Clerk

Lynn Santiago, Secretary

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