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HSTE Board

HSTE Board at the 2016 dinner.

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

Meet the 2017 Officers:

Melissa Handy - 2017 President

Melissa is the Educational Technology Director at Le Jardin Academy in Kailua where she energizes her colleagues to find an impactful role for technology in the classroom. Melissa enjoys working with students and is currently teaming to expand the robotics program into LJA's high School. Previously Melissa held the posts of Technology Director and Schools of the Future Team Lead at Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei.

Michael Fricano II - 2016 Past President

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 7 years. Michael was a Technology Coordinator and a Robotics coaches for 4 years at Mililani 'Ike Elementary School. Now he serves as a Technology Integration Specialist and FabLab educator for 'Iolani School's Education Innovation Lab. Mike is a co-founder and member of the planning committee for Edcamp Honolulu and #edchatHI.

Nathaniel Evslin - 2018 President Elect
Nathaniel is the technology coordinator and high school computer science/digital media teacher at Island School. 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 technology coordinator he taught 4th grade for 6 years at Island School and another 3 years as the middle school and high school technology teacher.

Cecilia "CC" Chung - Secretary 
CC currently works as the Instructional and Technology Coach for Grade 3 at Ka`imiloa Elementary School. She has taught 3rd and 4th grade in the past three years and continues to find passion and inspiration working with students, teachers, and community members. CC received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern California and her Master's Degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Elementary Education. She loves to connect with other educators to brainstorm ideas for technology integration and student empowerment. CC is a self-proclaimed foodie that is hooked on Twitter and Snapchat filters.

Dr. Kimble McCann - Treasurer 
Kimble is currently serving as a Sr. Instructional Technology specialist for Kamehameha Schools, where he researches and integrates instructional technologies with educational faculty and staff. As a former special education teacher for LAUSD & HDOE for a number of years, Kimble also has experience as an instructional designer and researcher with the University of Hawai'i, online instructor for Project Inspire, and as an independent education consultant. His research interests and expertise focus upon universal design for learning (UDL) to support all learners and developing technological-pedagogical-and-content knowledge (TPACK) for educators.

Meet the 2017 Board Members:

Shane Asselstine is the Technology Integration Specialist at Momilani Elementary School, a game-based educator, and the Facilitator for Hawaii. Minecraft has been part of his classroom for the past four years with lessons that range from math to social studies and everything in between. He has been presenting internationally on technology in education for the past three years with a focus on Minecraft as a virtual learning environment. Shane was awarded the ISTE Making It Happen Award in 2015 and is a PAEMST 2015 nominee. He is active in the Minecraft Community and a Microsoft Minecraft Mentor focused on helping teachers integrate Minecraft into the classroom.

Rebecca Eldredge 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. 

Leigh Fitzgerald is the Executive Director of Hawaii Technology Academy Public Charter School. As Director of a blended learning school, serving students on five islands, Leigh travels daily throughout the state, monitoring and mentoring faculty and families on the integration of on-line content, face to face instruction and experiential learning activities to create HTA's version of the modern classroom. Leigh is committed to creating partnerships between public, private and charter schools to share resources and best practice as they relate to a blended learning/community based approach to teaching and learning.

Elizabeth Garrison 
has spent the last seventeen years teaching technology to working professionals and students as an Adobe Education Leader, Adobe Certified Expert, and a member of The Training Associates. Currently, she is the Program Manager for Connecting for Success. Connecting for Success is one of the middle school components of the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education and is funded through the Hawaii Community Foundation and administered through The University of Hawaii. The program is designed to identify students as being off track based on the Hawaii Early Warning System (HEWS). They are then provided with interventions intended to reconnect them to school and keep them on track in order to increase their chances of retention and completion. Elizabeth manages the community of learners, which consists of the ten middle schools grantees. She creates opportunities, online and face-to-face, that promote collaboration as well as providing technical support for planning and implementation of interventions and data use.

Karen Miller
 is the Computer Science/Multimedia Arts Resource Teacher at Holualoa Elementary on the Big Island. After exploring architecture and fine arts post baccalaureate programs she became a certificated teacher. She is a 2011 graduate of High Tech High's Graduate School of Education Leading Schools Program, and a HSTE board member residing on Big Island.

Greg Kent is the Technology Coordinator at Kailua Elementary School and an Ultimaker Education Pioneer. He has been an educator for 16 years, 15 of those years as a Technology Coordinator for the Hawaii Department of Education. He is passionate about growing the "maker mindset" and Design Thinking by focusing on effective technology management and on meaningful integration of technology into school curriculum with support from faculty, staff and community. Greg has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a masters degree in Educational Technology, both from the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Glenn Medeiros
 is currently the President of Saint Louis School. He has taught at the elementary, secondary and post secondary levels and has worked as an administrator for several years in Catholic schools in Hawaii. Glenn's focus of study involves the use of computer assisted instruction to provide personalized learning in conjunction with various project-based and blended learning models. 

Dr. Lisa Mireles is currently a School Renewal Specialist for the Department of Education. She is also the lead facilitator for the Kaua'i Educational Leadership Alliance (KELA). Lisa has been in education for 27 years as a teacher, IB program coordinator, principal, assistant superintendent and consultant. She was part of a team that started the 1:1 laptop program at the American School of Bombay from 1998-2004 and has keen interest in Deeper Learning pedagogical approaches. Lisa received her doctorate in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University. Her dissertation explored the Schools of the Future Networked Learning Community here in Hawai'i.

Dr. Truc Nguyen
is a Specialist in learning technologies at the Curriculum Research & Development Group, a research unit within the College of Education at UH. She oversees the School Internet Safety Initiative and participates in all levels of research and development in learning technologies. Truc formerly taught 8th grade computer literacy at the University Laboratory School and is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. She works closely with law enforcement agencies to try to help all students in Hawaii be safe online. She loves the Internet, but hasn't played Angry Birds yet because she's afraid of getting totally hooked.

Dr. Elizabeth Park
is the Director of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Montessori Teacher Education (MTEP) Program at Chaminade University of Honolulu. When she became the director of ECE and MTEP program at Chaminade University of Honolulu, she worked on converting some of the face-to-face courses into online courses that sparked her interest in technology integration in education. She is currently working on her doctorate in educational technology at University of Hawai’i Manoa. Her research interests are factors that enhance engagement in online learning and mobile technology integration in early childhood education.

Meghan Walters
has been an elementary education teacher for 9 years with experience in international schools in Kuwait, Germany and Ukraine.  Currently she teaches grade  at Blanche Pope Elementary School in Waimanalo, HI.  She is a certified Google Apps for Education Trainer and she tries to inspire her colleagues to find innovative ways to integrate technology into their instructional practices. Additionally she currently pursuing a PhD in educational technology at Walden University.

Previous HSTE Presidents:
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

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