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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 bachelor’s degree from Pacific University of Oregon in Business Administration and a Master’s 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.
LOKELANI HAN LOKELANI HAN, HTSB VICE CHAIRPERSON, 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.
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.
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.

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.
KEITH T. HAYASHI (Sean Bacon, DESIGNEE) was appointed interim superintendent of the Hawai‘i State Department of Education, effective Aug. 1, 2021. He will serve until the start date of a new superintendent to be appointed by the Board of Education. Hayashi’s 32-year career with the Department spans the school, complex area, and state level. He has led Waipahu High School as principal since 2009, a position for which he has received numerous awards, including Hawai‘i High School Principal of the Year and the collegiate Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. He is credited with pioneering the Early College program in Hawai‘i public schools and earned the distinction for Waipahu High as the state’s first nationally recognized wall-to-wall academy model school. Hayashi began his education career at Lehua Elementary as a teacher and went on to serve as a district resource teacher in Leeward O‘ahu. He also served as a vice principal and principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels before becoming Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area Superintendent. At the state level, he served as interim deputy state superintendent and as interim state superintendent in 2017. Hayashi earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He also holds two Master of Education degrees — in curriculum and instruction, and educational administration — from UH Mānoa.
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 Ph.D. 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 an 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.
TRACIE KUʻUIPO LOSCH (Elena Farden, DESIGNEE) is a professor of Hawaiian Studies at Leeward Community College with over 16 years of experience in education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Studies and a Master of Arts in Pacific Islands Studies. Tracie is the current chair of the Native Hawaiian Education Council and represents the Council on the board.

Educational Officers

Kim Sanders KIM SANDERS is the design-inspired principal at Ewa Makai Middle School who empowers students, staff, and the 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.
DR. KATINA SOARES is a former student and the current principal of Molokai High School. Her own negative experiences with school led her to drop out of public school after the 10th grade and dedicate her life to improving education for future students. She now has over 20 years of experience in education and administration. She has been a student support specialist at UH Maui College, a school counselor in middle and high school, and an administrator of PreK through high school institutions in both charter and DOE schools. Dr. Soares is a strong advocate and supporter for education innovation, creativity, and imagination. She is a School Retool Fellow, a member of the Hawaii Innovative Leaders Network, and has done extensive work with the What School Could Be organization.  Dr. Soares believes that, when delivered effectively, education can give each next generation, not only the knowledge and skills but the passion and power to become agents of positive change in the world. As an educational officer representative on the board, she intends to advocate for quality teacher education programs and licensing protocols that will promote educators to positively impact the trajectory of success for Hawaii students.
GLEN MIYASATO is the principal of Fern Elementary School in Kalihi. He has served the students of Hawai`i as a teacher for 25 years and as a school administrator for 12 years. He is committed to a quality educational system that nourishes each student`s mind, body, and spirit

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!
DR. JONATHAN GILLENTINE is a National Board Certified Teacher and in 2017 retired as a Hawai`i public school teacher after 36 years of service. He is a four-time graduate of the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. His most recent classroom experience was at Rev. Benjamin Parker School, where he was a preschool teacher in an inclusive setting for nearly 20 years. During his time at the school, he grew to love supporting his peers in strengthening their teaching by facilitating professional development in early childhood education. From 2003-2015, he conducted 15 courses. Jonathan was a teacher representative on Hawai`i Teacher Standards Board from 2004-2010, serving as its chair for four years. In 2014, he was the first recipient of the teacher leadership licensure field. He has also received three national teaching awards and three teacher fellowships. Jonathan was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2017. He continues to provide support for National Board Certification candidates as he has done since 2005.

Independent Schools and Student Teacher Member

M. ʻEKEKELA AIONA is enrolled in the Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program.  ʻEkekela recently retired from ʻAha Pūnana Leo after working on the administrative team for 30 years.  She moved to Hāna, Maui and is currently a kumu at Kula Kaiapuni o Hāna papa 3 mākau ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (grade 3 Hawaiian language arts), papa 5 mākau ʻōlelo pelekania (grade 5 English), and Hāna High school ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.  ʻEkekela has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a certificate in Hawaiian language from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and also attended Central Michigan University.  Her years of working in Hawaiian medium education, continues to motivate her as a kumu, staff & community member, and most importantly mother and grandmother.