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2019 HSTE Board at the Board Retreat

The HSTE Board consists of educators with a variety of interests and backgrounds in public and private school education and technology.

Meet the 2019 Executive Board:

Shane Asselstine - 2019 President (Oahu)

Shane is the Technology Integration Specialist at Momilani Elementary School, HSTE President, CSTA Hawaii Chapter Past-President, Minecraft Global Mentor, and a K-8 Facilitator for Hawaii. He has been integrating technology from Google to Minecraft into his classes for over a decade with lessons ranging from economics to humanities. As a Microsoft Minecraft Global Mentor he focuses on helping teachers around the world with integration. He is also a strong advocate for computer science in the classroom and incorporates unplugged, digital and physical computing as part of his curriculum. Since August 2015, he has trained over 700 teachers in Hawaii, helping them bring CS into the classroom. He has been presenting and internationally on the use of technology in education for many years. Shane was awarded the ISTE Making It Happen Award in 2015 and is a PAEMST 2017 nominee.

Cecilia "CC" Chung  - President Elect (2020) (Oahu)

Cecilia (CC) Chung is an educator at Ka`imiloa Elementary School. She has worked as a technology integration coach with grades K-6 for two years and has recently transitioned into a 6th grade teaching role. Cecilia began integrating technology when she was first asked to pilot a 1:1 Chromebook Initiative in her classroom. She has since integrated technology in a variety of ways, sharing through professional development workshops at conferences, including Ignite Innovation, Google Summit, Schools of the Future Conference, district-specific conferences, and the Kamehameha EdTech Conference, at which she was a featured presenter. She loves drawing out student ownership and empowerment through G-Suite Apps, game-based learning, BreakoutEDU, project-based learning, and more. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the Johns Hopkins University. Cecilia enjoys traveling, reading, and eating-- but mostly, eating.

Nathaniel Evslin - Past President (Kaua'i)

Nathaniel is the current Dean of Student at Island School on Kauai. He received his B.S. from Oregon State University with an emphasis in elementary education. Nathaniel also has an associates degree in computer networking. Prior to becoming the Dean of Students he was the technology coordinator and high school computer science/digital media teacher for 4 years, another 3 years as the middle school and high school technology teacher, and taught 4th grade for 6 years.

Bobby Widhalm - Secretary (Oahu)

Bobby is currently a State Office Teacher for the Hawaii DOE’s Professional Development and Educational Research Institute, which supports the development of school leaders. For the past 19 years, Bobby have served in many roles within the Hawaii DOE including a math and computer programming teacher, a complex area and state resource teacher, an acting state specialist, a technology lab facilitator, CTE coordinator, and a Robotics coach. Through these various roles, Bobby has recognized how technology supports and enhances powerful and deep teaching, learning, and collaboration.

Mapu Quitazol - Treasurer (Maui)

Mapu is the Program Manager for STEMworks, a K-12 Statewide Program which focuses on providing students and teachers with cutting edge technology tools and resources to help them succeed in the ever changing job market. She is also the lead coordinator of the Hawaii STEM Conference. Mapu is currently a part of the 3rd Patsy T. Mink Leadership Alliance co-hort which focuses on building the next generation of women leaders. Her hope is to continue being apart of groups like HSTE and Mink to continue learning and building partnerships to provide and help support our teachers and students.

Meet the 2019 Board Members:

George Carroll III (Oahu)

George Carroll III is the Community Relations Specialist for the University of Phoenix Hawai'i Campus, where he plans, develops and coordinates community relations activities to support campus growth and to create and maintain a favorable public image for the University. He is President of Phoenix Rising Kapolei Toastmasters at University of Phoenix in Kapolei. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Talent Development (ATD Hawaii Chapter) and Director of Community Outreach for the University of Phoenix “Allies of Pride” LGBT Employee Resource Group. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing and graduate degree in Adult Education and Training.

Rebecca Eldredge (Oahu)

Rebecca joined the Hanahau`oli Faculty in 1991 where she has taught Science, Computers and 2nd/3rd grade multiage. She also served as Technology Coordinator and Integration Specialist for many years. She enjoys being back in the classroom, teaching in the 4th/5th grade multiage classroom. She launched the ‘Hour of Code’ with several classes at Hanahau`oli, having older students teaching the younger ones coding. In addition, she coaches an afterschool robotics club. She has a Master’s in Education with a focus in Educational Technology. She has been a member of ISTE since 1993 and was nominated for ISTE’s Make IT Happen Award in 2016. Her interests include: traveling, hiking, quilting, baking and playing disc golf.

Michael Fricano II (Oahu)

Michael graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education in 2007. He has been in the teaching profession for more than 10 years. Michael was a Technology Coordinator and a Robotics coaches for 4 years at Mililani 'Ike Elementary School. Now he serves as a K-6 Technology Integration Specialist at 'Iolani School's Education. Mike is a co-founder and member of the planning committee for Edcamp Honolulu and EdCamp West Oahu. Mike also works for The Janus Group as an Education Architect, supporting teacher professional development across the state.

Sarah Milianta (Oahu)

Sarah "Mili" Milianta-Laffin teaches 7th grade PLTW STEM Lab at Ilima Intermediate in Ewa Beach, Campbell/Kapolei Complex. Prior to teaching in Ewa Beach, she taught for 11 years in Houston, Texas. Her 2013 Fund for Teachers Fellowship kindled her passion for STEM education. Sarah is a Ambassador, a and Project Lead the Way certified educator, and was nominated for GLSEN’S 2018 National Educator of the Year and as a 2019 "LifeChanger of the Year." She coaches Speech & Debate Club and Ilima’s Genders & Sexualities Alliance. She is a Hope Street Group Fellow, and serves on the GLSEN Hawaii Board and the Teach for America Hawaii Alumni Advisory Board. Sarah graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University.

Shaunessy Denton (Kaua'i)

Janet Powell (Kaua'i)

Janet has been teaching for 6 years now in the state of Hawaii. She is the technology coordinator and teacher at Island School, an independent school on Kaua’i. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Master’s degree in Learning design and Technology through the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has attended numerous professional development conferences and workshops over the years. She is the HSTE Kaua’i Co-Project Manager and FLL Robotics Tournament Coordinator. Janet has a real passion for learning, connecting with other teachers, and providing opportunities for students.

Peter Hansen (Maui)

Public school administrator living in Kihei, Maui, with over fifteen years experience as an educational assistant, classroom teacher and resource/technology integration specialist. Active in the Hawai`i robotics and computer science communities and member of the EdCamp Maui planning team. Proud father of three and frequent volunteer soccer/baseball/any sport coach.

Jill Schwindler (Maui)

Jill is a third-grade teacher at Wailuku Elementary School on Maui. She is an innovative teacher that strives to prepare students for their future through innovation, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving. She is part of the GLAD team for Maui and served as a co-founder of Edcamp Maui. Jill received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Southern Colorado, Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Education - Learning, Instruction, and Innovation from Walden University.

Justin Brown (Hawai'i)

Justin Brown graduated from TCU with degrees in Music, Political Science, and Psychology as well as his teaching certificate from Chaminade University. As a 5th generation educator, he planned to work in education policy since the age of 10. Before entering the classroom full time, Mr. Brown worked as a professional jazz and classical bassist in the US, Puerto Rico and Europe with many internationally acclaimed artists. He currently serves as the CTE, STEM, PLTW, Robotics, STEM Academy Coordinator at Kealakehe HS in Kailua-Kona where he leds 20+ STEM and Citizenship based programs.

Under his direction, the Kealakehe Robotics program has grown into one of the most prestigious and comprehensive programs in the state winning over 100 awards and over a dozen international qualifications. The team has developed over a million dollars in partnerships to support their travel, program, and mentoring programs which including starting many other programs across the state. Students from the program have attended college at universities such as Princeton, Penn, Columbia, Stanford, Tsukuba, UT, Washington, Michigan, CalTech, Yale, Purdue, Harvard, RIT, Georgetown, Cornell, Rice, and NYU.

He has worked extensively with the West Hawaii Complex and State Curriculum office on expanding educational robotics, maker education, and the Design Thinking Model in Hawaii. He is a US Department of Labor OSHA Trainer, Stanford FabLearn Fellow, ASCD National Emerging Leader, Hope Street Group State Fellow, MIT-Lemelson Excite Reciepient, and Woody Flowers Finalist. He believes improvisation is the most important skill for the 21st Century.

David Randall (Oahu)

Mr. Randall has been a teacher and administrator for 26 years in both public and private education. Currently he serves as the Head of School at Hongwanji Mission School.

Tami Saito (Maui)

Aloha, my name is Tami Saito and I am a Kindergarten educator and technology leader at Wailuku Elementary School on Maui, Hawaii. Prior to teaching, I was a substitute teacher and have worked with all age levels. I also spent many years volunteering for various community groups. I am the founder of Edcamp Maui. I received my Bachelor and Master's degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Currently, I am now on the path to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Educational Technology and Design from Walden University. I love teaching because I get to cultivate the love of learning in my students as I learn alongside them. As an educator, I want to share my compassion, enthusiasm, and dedication to teaching to positively influence the lives of others. 

Previous HSTE Presidents:

2018 - Nathaniel Evslin

2017 - Melissa Handy

2016 - Michael Fricano II

2015 - Elizabeth Garrison

2014 - Mike Travis

2013 - Brett Tanaka

2012 - Mark Hines

2011 - Phil Bossert

Board Member Emeritus:
Dr. Phil Bossert
Dr. Mark Hines

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