Monday, June 21, 2021 10:09 PM

Our Board

Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board Members

The seventeen members of the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board represent stakeholder groups in education:


Branden Kawazoe BRANDEN KAWAZOE, HTSB CHAIRPERSON,  is the 11th grade counselor at Kaiser High School and has over 7 years of experience in the education system. He holds a bachelors degree from Pacific University of Oregon in Business Administration and a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling degree from Chaminade University. As a board member, Branden believes that Hawaiʻi’s Department of Education should maintain and improve its already rigorous licensure process in order to provide our children with the highest quality education. He would like to work together with other board members to ensure that the teacher licensing process is continually evolving and growing.
Kariane Park Toyama KARIANE PARK TOYAMA, HTSB VICE CHAIRPERSON,  is a highly qualified 4th grade teacher at Waiheʻe Elementary School on the island of Maui. She has over 16 years of experience working in Hawaiʻi’s public schools. As a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Hawaiian Studies. Kariane believes that all of Hawaiʻi’s keiki deserve qualified and effective teachers. As a board member, she will continue to ensure that our teachers are held accountable and are able to provide a variety of learning opportunities for their students.
Kristi Miyamae KRISTI MIYAMAE is a 7th grade teacher at Mililani Middle School in Oahu. She has been teaching in Hawaiʻi’s public schools since 2002. Her bachelor’s degree, with an emphasis in Computer Aided Graphic Design, is from San Diego State University and her Master of Education in Special Education is from the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. Kristi believes in working collaboratively with the board to uphold professional standards in education and to promote highly qualified, licensed teachers for our students. She would like to see Hawaiʻi as a progressive model in the areas of teacher preparation and licensing.
Dawn Raymond DAWN RAYMOND is a Special Education Teacher at Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School (CKES). Prior to teaching at CKES, she taught at Waiakea High School. She has been with the Department of Education since 2003. Dawn has a Certificate of Completion in Human Services and her Associate in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Hawaii Community College. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Special Education from City University in Seattle Washington and has her Master’s in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. Dawn previously served as the Hilo Chapter President/Vice President for the Hawaii State Teacher Association (HSTA) and continues to serve as a trustee for the HSTA VEBA Trust. She served on the HSTA State Special Education Committee and is currently a Liquor Commissioner for Hawaii County.
LOKELANI HAN LOKELANI HAN is a kumu at Kualapuʻu Public Conversion Charter School, Kula Kaiapuni o Kualapuʻu on Molokaʻi.  She holds a Bachelorʻs degree in Elementary Education and a Masterʻs degree in Educational Technology, both from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Lokelani believes that Hawaiʻi should focus on growing our own teachers, especially for small rural communities like Molokaʻi.  She is committed to providing support and input to the HTSB board as a kumu, parent and rural community member.

Ex Officio Members

CATHERINE PAYNE CATHERINE PAYNE  is a retired educator whose career has spanned over 35 years. She most recently came out of retirement to temporarily fill in as the Interim Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area Superintendent. Prior to retiring, Board Chairperson Payne served as the principal of Farrington High School. Board Chairperson Payne was the recipient of the National Milken Educator Award. She also won the Principal of the Year Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals for her work with incarcerated students at the alternative Olomana School. Board Chairperson Payne has served on numerous education boards, including the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, Education Institute of Hawaii, Adult Friends for Youth, and the State Public Charter School Commission as chairperson. She received her Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary English and her Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Board Chairperson Payne’s term runs from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.
Dr. Christine Kishimoto DR. CHRISTINA KISHIMOTO (Dr. Cynthia Covell, DESIGNEE)  began her term as Hawaii State Superintendent on Aug. 1, 2017. Since 2014, Dr. Kishimoto served as Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer for Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona, a district with an enrollment of 36,500 students and an annual budget of $305 million. She also served as Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of School Design at Harford Public Schools in Connecticut, was the Founder and Director of The Center for School Improvement & Leadership Development at Area Cooperative Education Services, and Assistant Dean of Student Services for Wesleyan University. She earned a Doctorate in Education Administration from Columbia University Teachers College, a Master of Public Administration in Public Affairs and Policy from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Barnard College.
DR. NATHAN MURATA DR. NATHAN MURATA  (Dr. Amelia Jenkins, DESIGNEE)  is dean of the College of Education (COE) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, effective January 1, 2018. He previously served as professor and graduate chair of the college’s Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS). Dr. Murata earned his PhD in health, physical education, recreation and dance from Ohio State University. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and a certificate in special education from UH Mānoa, and taught special education as a Honolulu District physical education teacher. Murata also taught at Saint Louis School and was later hired as director of its athletics department. Prior to being hired at UH Mānoa, Dr. Murata was an assistant professor at Chaminade University’s College of Education and an assistant professor at the University of Toledo’s Department of Health and Human Performance. He then returned home to Hawaiʻi and was hired at COE in 1997 as an assistant professor. He was promoted and received tenure as associate professor in 2001 and subsequently promoted to professor in 2008. Murata held two separate terms as KRS department chair from 2004–2009 and again from 2013–2017, and served as interim associate dean for academic affairs from 2010–2012, when he provided oversight for the college’s academic affairs.
DR. WAI`ALE`ALE SARSONA DR. WAI`ALE`ALE  SARSONA  represents the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on the Native Hawaiian Education Council as their current Chair. She is the Vice-President of the Hiʻialo Group at Kamehameha Schools focusing on early learning, Hawaiian education and charter education.  She’s been in Education for 20 years, as a teacher, teacher trainer, program designer, evaluator and a principal, working in the community and in public charter education.  She is a Hawaiʻi public school graduate and has a BEd, MBA, MEd and EdD.

Educational Officers

Justin Mew JUSTIN MEW  is the principal at Kaiser School and brings 30 years of experience in education to the board. He holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science Education/Pre-medicine), a Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction, Biological sciences), and a Master of Education (Educational Administration) from the University of Hawaiʻi-Manoa. As a board member, Justin represents educational officers and school principles and his goals are to encourage discourse for informed and timely decision-making, problem solving on issues related to teacher licensing, and to improve student learning in every classroom.
Lisa Delong DR. LISA DELONG is the principal of Kailua Intermediate School. In high school she tutored students with hearing impairments and this experience sparked a lifelong interest in public education. She has served as a special education teacher, technology coordinator, school administrator, and complex area superintendent. She was recognized as the National Association of Secondary School Principal’s Hawaii State Principal of the Year in 2005 and recently earned an EdD professional practice doctorate in education from the University of Hawaiʻi. Lisa represents educational officers, including school principals, on the board and aims to be an advocate for the profession and support teacher licensing processes so that every public school student is taught by a highly qualified and effective educator.
Kim Sanders KIM SANDERS is the design-inspired principal at Ewa Makai Middle School who empowers students, staff, and community to explore and excel in their life passions. In her 15 years as a teacher, Kim created inquiry-based lessons and was awarded “Educator of the Year” in the European theatre. As a military spouse, she taught around the world in South Korea, Guam, Germany, and England. Kim has served as a teacher, assistant principal, high school principal and middle school principal. Student voice has inspired her to redesign many areas of the school campus to accommodate fun and exciting learning venues for students. This gives students more options and opportunities for creating a “love of learning” in their lives. Kim sits on the Hawaii Association of Middle Level Educators Board, Joint Ventures Education Forum Committee, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Scholarship Board. Kim is a Turnaround Coach and a D School (Stanford Univ.) Coach for Retooling. She holds a master’s degree in Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Public Members

Les Murashige LES MURASHIGE was born and raised on Kauai, attended Wilcox Elementary School, Kauai High School and graduated from Mid Pacific Institute. He attained his BA from the University of Hawaiʻi Manoa. Les spent the next 40 plus years with various local carriers in the airlines industry, and is now enjoying retirement with his three girls- his doggies!

Independent Schools and Student Teacher Member

Brad Shimizu BRAD SHIMIZU is a 2004 graduate of Eastern University in St. David’s, Pennsylvania, and received a masters in oboe performance in 2006 from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.  His principal teachers include Jonathan Blumenfeld, Mark McEwen, and John Ferrillo. Shimizu is an alumnus of the National Orchestral Institute and was a 2005 fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he played under renowned conductors Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Kurt Masur, and Raphael Frubeck de Burgos. Born and raised in Manoa and a 2000 alumnus at Roosevelt High School, Brad returned to Hawaii as a faculty at Hawaii Baptist Academy in 2007 as a math teacher and led the AP Physics program from 2008-2012, and also served as the full-time band director for grades 7-12.
Brandie Kasaoka BRANDIE KASAOKA  is a teacher candidate from the University of Hawaii- West Oahu, where she is double majoring in Secondary Education and Humanities, both with a concentration in English. From a young age, she knew that she had a desire to go into the education field. She hopes to make a difference in her community and help students find their voice. She is a 2017 graduate from Mililani High School (MHS). At MHS, she was an active member of their music program as a clarinet player. Outside of school, Brandie enjoys working at her neighborhood Kumon center, where she works with students from preschool to high school.