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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
  • Kristi Oda, State Office Teacher, Hawaii Department of Education Office of Talent Management
Please take a moment to read the bios below on these fantastic educators.

Meet the 2019 Executive Board:

Cecilia "CC" Chung - President (Oahu)

CC is currently a middle school educator at Honouliuli Middle School. She has also worked as a technology integration coach and elementary teacher. Her passion is empowering students through access to edtech opportunities. CC loves to work with other educators and has done so in conferences like the Schools of the Future Conference, Google Summit, Kamehameha EdTech Conference and district specific trainings. 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.

Shane Asselstine - Past President (Oahu)

Shane currently works as a Complex Area Teacher for the Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area. He received a Bachelor of Technology (Architectural Science) from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada as well as a Master of Arts in Education from University of Phoenix. In recent years he has held board positions on local affiliates as HSTE President and CSTA Hawaii Chapter President. Throughout his teaching career tech integration has always been a part of his classroom, from Google to Minecraft with lessons ranging from economics to humanities. Since 2015, he has diligently supported the state of Hawaii as the Code.org K-8 Facilitator and has trained over 1000 teachers in Hawaii. He is also a strong advocate for computer science as core curriculum in the classroom and incorporates a lesson progression approach through context, skill and application as part of his teaching. 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 (2015), University of Phoenix College of Education Distinguished Alumni (2016 ) and a PAEMST nominee (2015 & 2017).

Jill Schwindler - Treasurer (Maui)

Jill is the ELL Coordinator at Wailuku Elementary School on Maui, previously she taught RTI, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. 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, Student Voice Facilitator 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. I was a Kindergarten teacher and technology leader at Wailuku Elementary School and will be transitioning to 5th grade at Waihe'e Elementary School. 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.

Dagan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from University of Oregon and a Master’s Degree in Education Entrepreneurship from Oulu University in Finland. He has completed the Google Education Level 2 certification as well as the Adobe Creative Educator Level 2 certification. Dagan also serves on the leadership team for the National Capstone Consortium, an open collaborative of educators supporting peer-to-peer collaboration at K-12 schools.

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 and a Masters of Education in Secondary Social Studies Education. She currently teaches social studies at Hawaii Technology Academy. 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.

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 Kaneohe Elementary School. She has experience teaching Kindergarten, 1st grade, 5th grade, and for two years was a 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 STE(A)M Lab at ‘Ilima Intermediate School in Ewa Beach. She proudly serves on the Hawai‘i Society for Technology in Education (HSTE) Board as the Communications Chair, along with being a DonorsChoose.org Ambassador. She’s an active member of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, currently serving on HSTA’s Board of Directors (Leeward Chapter).In March 2021, Mili was one of 4 teachers recognized nationally by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for the 2021 Women’s History Month Celebration.

She’s the recipient of the 2021 HSTA S.T.A.C.Y Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2020 HSTA Pono Award Winner for social justice in education work. She sponsors the ‘Rainbow Royales’ Gender Sexuality Alliance Club (GSA) that won GLSEN’s 2020 GSA of the Year, out of 8,000 national clubs. She’s a 2x State Finalist for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation's highest commendation for K-12 Math and Science teachers (2019 & 2021). On the weekends you can find her snorkeling around O’ahu trying to spot manō."

Kristi Oda (Oahu)

Within the Leadership Institute, Kristi enjoys designing learning opportunities to hone skills such as problem-solving, communication, and creativity. She supports the Hawaii State Teacher Fellows and teachers statewide who are launching solutions to advance learning. She enjoys strengthening collaborative networks statewide and co-founded the #808educate Twitter mini-chats where Hawaii educators from independent, public and public charter schools connect and ask curious questions on an interactive global platform. Serving as a fourth-grade teacher and as part of National Board Certified Teacher leadership, Kristi is always up for new challenges and encourages teachers in monthly Write sessions to shape education policy and share insights as student-centered teachers.

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.


Hawaii Society for Technology in Education

PO Box 4497

Honolulu, HI 96812


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