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Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board Members

The fifteen 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 LOUIS 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 2018.
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 2017.
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

Lance Mizuno LANCE MIZUNO (SUSAN YOUNG, DESIGNEE) Lance A. Mizumoto has more than 26 years of banking experience, entirely in the state of Hawaii. He is executive vice president and commercial real estate division manager at First Hawaiian Bank and he serves on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and the board of regents at Chaminade University. Board Chairperson Mizumoto is a graduate of Pearl City High School. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii and his MBA from Chaminade University.
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.

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 2018.
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

Gerald Teramae GERALD TERAMAE Gerald Teramae has been a teacher and school administrator in both the public and private schools. Gerald was an elementary school teacher at Maiʻli Elementary School, Kalihi Uka Elementary School and Honowai Elementary School. He has been a school administrator at Waipahu Intermediate School, Nanakuli Intermediate and High School, Aliʻiolani Elementary School, Jarrett Middle School and Kalani High School. His most recent administrative position was at Iolani as Dean of Lower School before accepting the position as Head of School at Island Pacific Academy. His appointment expires in 2018.
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