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Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board Members

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


Felicia Villalobos FELICIA VILLALOBOS Chairperson Felicia Villalobos works as a teacher at Wilcox Elementary School on the island of Kauaʻi. She brings 7 years of teaching experience in Hawaiʻi’s Public Schools. She holds a Masters in Education, Curriculum Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi-Manoa. Felicia also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Certification Program in Elementary Education from CSU, Fresno. Felicia believes that teacher licensure should provide every student with a highly qualified and effective teacher, and supports academic achievement to enhance learning for every public school student in the State of Hawaii. As a Vice Chairperson board member Felicia’s goals are to ensure that Hawaiʻi’s licensing process strives to maintain quality and excellence in standards, while supporting teachers and providing opportunities to enhance their professional growth. Her appointment expires in 2019.
Louise Cayetano LOUISE CAYETANO Vice Chairperson Louise Cayetano works as a teacher at Fern Elementary School in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi and has 23 years of experience teaching in Hawaiʻi’s public schools. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Professional Diploma of Elementary Education and Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaiʻi-Manoa. As a board member Louise’s goals are to communicate to the teachers, administrators, legislators and the general public the accomplishments of the HTSB, the status of its current work and future plans, in a timely manner; to be able to work cooperatively and effectively with other members of the Board and its staff; and to evaluate the effectiveness of the HTSB’s progress towards monitoring teacher licensing and its response time to teacher inquiries. Her appointment expires in 2019.
Branden Kawazoe BRANDEN KAWAZOE Branden Kawazoe 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. His appointment expires in 2021.
Kariane Park Toyama KARIANE PARK TOYAMA Kariane Park Toyama 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. Her appointment expires in 2020.
Roxane Stewart ROXANE STEWART Roxane Stewart has served as a highly qualified public school teacher in Hilo for the past 15 years, working in both D.O.E and charter schools. Roxane holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Marine Science. Certified and licensed in secondary science, Roxane continues to serve Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Hawaiian Immersion Charter School as their pre-K to 12th grade resource teacher specializing in curriculum and assessment development and instructional support for the Papakū Makawalu learning methodology implemented school-wide at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo. Roxane brings to the board a strong teaching background here in Hawai’i, vast knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment and extensive knowledge and experience in public charter schools. As a board member she aims to advocate for charter schools in effort to ensure that charter schools are supported so they are able to give students the best possible educational experience. Her appointment expires in 2019.

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.
Chrstine Kishimoto DR. CHRISTINA KISHIMOTO (KERRY TOM, DESIGNEE) Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto 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. AMELIA JENKINS, DESIGNEE) Dr. Nathan Murata 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. LISA WATKINS-VICTORINO (DR. SYLVIA HUSSEY, DESIGNEE Dr. Lisa Watkins-Victorino represents the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on the Native Hawaiian Education Council. She currently serves as OHA’s Director of Research and brings impressive academic credentials to the Council. Previously she was an Evaluation Specialist with the Hawai‘i Department of Education.

Educational Officers

Justin Mew 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. His appointment expires in 2019.
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. Her appointment expires in 2019.

Public Members

Les Murashige 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! His appointment expires in 2021.
Jonathan Kissida JONATHAN KISSIDA Jonathan Kissida works as a teacher at Puukumu School on the island of Kaua’i. He attained a master’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Montessori from Chaminade University in Honolulu, HI. He also attained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Over the past sixteen years, Jonathan has had the opportunity teach in the public, charter, and private school sectors. As a board member on the Hawai’i Teacher Standards Board, Jonathan’s goal is to provide a positive educational experience for all Hawaii’s keiki by working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure there is a dedicated, caring, and licensed professional in every classroom. His appointment ends in 2020.

Independent Schools

PHILIP BOSSERT Dr. Philip Bossert currently serves as the Executive Director of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii. He joined HAIS in 2008 to manage the five-year Schools of the Future Initiative funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation, and from 2011 to 2017 served as Director of Programs.Dr. Bossert has served as President of Hawaii Loa College, Asst. Superintendent for Information & Telecommunication Services for the Hawaii State Department of Education, Director of Long-Range Planning for Chaminade University, and Project Director for the Hawaii Education & Research Network at the University of Hawaii.  He was also Executive Director & CEO of the Hawaii State High Technology Development Corporation, Deputy Director of the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, Strategic Information Systems Manager for GTE Hawaiian Telecom, President & CEO of Strategic Information Solutions, and Co-Founder and Senior Consultant with OrienTech, an education technology consulting service.Dr. Bossert has been a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and National Endowment for the Humanities Grantee.  He studied philosophy at the University of Freiburg in Germany and at Louvain University in Belgium.  He holds a B.A. in Economics & Philosophy from Rockhurst College in Kansas City and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis.  Dr. Bossert has published five books and more than thirty articles and reviews in the areas of information science, technology & education, and philosophy.  He wrote a monthly column on “Telecommunication Services” for Information Times magazine and was the host for more than five years of various monthly cable television programs focusing on educational technology and media literacy.  He has worked as a consultant for numerous corporations and non-profit organizations in the US and Asia, and has served on wide variety of civic and community boards..
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