I am currently a Teaching and Learning Coach at Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi, Elementary School. I am also a recent recipient of my PhD in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University.
My dissertation research focused on supporting teacher creativity and collaboration towards the design of new teaching and learning experiences. For the past five years, I have been an instructor for the Masters in Educational Technology program at Michigan State as well as in the School of Education at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, I grew up on a banana farm in the small town of Kurtistown and have spent most of my life in Hawai’i. I have three children: Isabel, Damien, and Stanislaw (pictured below). In my free time I enjoy reading, tap dancing, playing the piano, and being involved in local musical theatre productions.