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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,  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.
Louise Cayetano 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.
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.
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.
DAWN RAYMOND is a public school teacher representing Hawaii Island.
LOKELANI HAN  is a teacher at Kualapuu Public Conversion Charter School on Molokai, and has experience in Hawaiian Language Immersion.  She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  

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 (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  represents the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on the Native Hawaiian Education Council. She holds an EdD. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and currently serves as the managing director of Kamehameha School’s Community Education Division

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  is the principal at Ewa Makai Middle School.  Her experience includes teaching around the world, and she has been a school administrator with the Hawaii Department of Education since 2010.  She holds a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Public Members

HTSB Board - 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!
Jonathan Kissida JONATHAN KISSIDA, Vice Chairperson, works as a teacher 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.

Independent Schools and Student Teacher Member

BRAD SHIMIZU  has worked at Hawaii Baptist Academy since 2006. He holds a bachelor’s of arts degree from Eastern University in Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in Massachusetts.
CORY GORDON  is a teacher candidate in Leeward Community College’s Career and Technical Education teacher education program, and serves as the non-voting student teacher member of the HTSB.