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Leveraging technology in education to accelerate a more innovative, resilient and sustainable Hawai’i.

2021 HSTE Board

2021 HSTE Board at the Board Retreat

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

This year, our board retreat was done virtually due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. This didn't stop the group from coming together and sharing why HSTE has impacted them and how they want to give back!

We are very excited to introduce our the incoming Board of Directors this year!

  • Dagan Bernstein, K-8 Capstone Coordinator - Hawai'i Preparatory Academy
  • Brenda Chase, 7th Grade Math Teacher - Kapolei Middle School
  • Wrayna Fairchild, K-6 STEM Coordinator - Voyager Public Charter School
  • Nicole Heinlein, EL Coordinator - ‘Īao Intermediate School
Please take a moment to read the bios below on these fantastic educators.

Meet the 2019 Executive Board:

Cecilia "CC" Chung - President (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.

Shane Asselstine - Past President (Oahu)

Shane is a Complex Area Teacher for the Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area, HSTE President, CSTA Hawaii Chapter Past-President, Minecraft Global Mentor, and a Code.org 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. 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 1000 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 a PAEMST 2017 nominee.

Jill Schwindler - Treasurer (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.

Tami Saito - Secretary (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.

Meet the 2020 Board Members:

Dagan Bernstein - (Hawai'i)

Dagan currently works as the K-8 Capstone Coordinator at Hawai’i Preparatory Academy in Waimea on Hawai’i Island with additional experience in music, digital media, and mathematics instruction. A strong believer in developing student agency and supporting skills for a “future curriculum”, he is an advocate for using design, futures, and music thinking to support productive collaboration among educators. Dagan is also a musician who loves writing, recording, and performing at farmer’s markets and coffee shops throughout Hawai’i Island.

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.

Brenda Chase (Oahu)

I am a transplant to Hawaii from California in 2015, I know teach 7th math at Kapolei Middle. Technology integration has always been a focus of mine. Based on that focus, in 2011 I began to earn my Masters Degree in EdTech as the catalyst to new technology expertise to enhance classroom teaching. Since that date, I have integrated technology in the classroom as a way to create real world project based activities that demonstrate students mastery of curriculum in a creative collaborative way. The students embrace this and gain collaborative skills in conjunction with various technology platforms (i.e. Scratch and CoSpaces). This was especially useful in distance learning during the 2020-2021 School year. I see value it brings to students preparation as 21st century learners and continue to build on platforms as new one arise. I strive to share this with other staff members to bring these platforms into their classrooms.

Shaunessy Denton (Kaua'i)

Ms. Shaunessy Denton was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii. She graduated from Hawaii Pacific University where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Social Science in 2011 and a Masters of Education in Secondary Social Studies Education in 2014. She currently teaches social studies at Island School. She previously taught at Hakipuu Learning Center, a Hawaiian culture based and project based learning school and at Leilehua High School, her alma mater.

In addition to teaching, she is also the advisor for her school's Model United Nations program and serves as project manager for HSTE Kaua'i. She is also member of the American Psychological Association, National Council of Social Studies, Pi Lambda Theta National Honor Society, and is a licensed and certified teacher in the State of Hawaii.

Celeste Endo - (Oahu)

Celeste Endo graduated from the University of Hawai‘i where she earned a Bachelors in Elementary Education in 1996 and a Masters in Educational Technology in 2000. She currently serves Queen Ka‘ahumanu School learners who are on a unified quest as Technology Wizards in Training. After-school she gets to be a part of the Tink Think Tank Tech Team (T5). She is a slow learner who needs lots of visual and kinesthetic clues... which is a huge plus when it comes to teaching! She tries to understand when students and teachers struggle with new technologies. Giving haumana time, repetition, song, movement, & overtly goofy videos to support fun meaningful learning.

Wrayna Fairchild (Oahu)

Wrayna Fairchild is the K-6 STEM Coordinator at Voyager Public Charter School. Wrayna feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings over the past seventeen years, including Hawai’i public, charter and private schools, as well as internationally, in both Germany and Spain. Wrayna strives to provide opportunities for her students to learn through technology, design thinking and the natural environment. Her innovative methods of teaching have earned her recognition including the Voya Unsung Heroes award, Mental Floss Innovators in Teaching Platypus award and The Henry Ford Teacher Innovator award. Wrayna thrives on new learning opportunities and routinely participates in cohorts and fellowships. Her current, and recent, cohorts include Hawai’i State Teacher fellowship, Next Generation Science Teaching Program fellowship, NEA Foundation Global Learning fellowship, ASCD Emerging Leader and NASA Mission Earth Educator cohort. Wrayna received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from CSU Channel Islands and Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

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.

Nicole Heinlein - (Maui)

Nicole Heinlein is an experienced, National Board Certified teacher of 17 years who has taught every grade from PreK to 8th grade. She is currently the EL Coordinator and Teacher at ‘Īao Intermediate on Maui. She has a Masters in Teaching along with Reading/Literacy Specialist and ESOL endorsements and is both TESOL and Special Education certified. She is passionate about hands on learning, arts and technology integration, and providing supports for all learners to succeed.

Paul Holwegner - (Kauai)

Paul is a technology integration coach and formerly a middle science teacher at Chiefess Kamakahaelei Middle School. His credits include:

  • Kauai’s Teacher of Year in 2013,
  • State of Hawaii Innovation Grant recipient - earned in 2019-20,
  • Graduate of 2019-20 Hawaii's Teacher Leader Academy (TLA),
  • Current Google Certified Level 1 and 2 Educator, as well as a certified Google Trainer
  • Co-creator/promotor of the Kauai Complex District Stem Lending Library

He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master’s of Education in Educational Technology from the University of Delaware. Paul’s real passion is helping teachers and students connect with the real world through the integration of technology.

Trisha Kodama - (Oahu)

Teaching is a 2nd career for Trisha, who is a 4th grade teacher at Ali’iolani Elementary School. She has experience teaching Kindergarten, 1st grade, 5th grade, and for two years was the STEM/Technology Coordinator. Trisha is the perfect example of teaching an old dog new tricks and prides herself in being a lifelong learner. She loves to learn new things and pass that knowledge onto her students through an integrated curriculum.

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 DonorsChoose.org Ambassador, a Code.org 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.

Previous HSTE Presidents:

  • 2019-2020 Shane Asselstine
  • 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

About us

HSTE inspires educators to use technology to innovate teaching and learning, encourage best practices, and solve tough education problems. Through shared knowledge and a supportive community, we strive to empower learners and create equitable technology access.

Become a member

If you are interested in becoming a member of HSTE, please fill out the member application. There is no charge to join at this time and you will be helping to create an important new organization to support the use of technology in our learning environments.


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