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HSTE Board




2018 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 2018 Officers:

Nathaniel Evslin - President

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.


Melissa Handy - Past 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.


Shane Asselstine - President Elect

Shane Asselstine is the Technology Integration Specialist at Momilani Elementary School, a game-based educator, and the Code.org 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.


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.


Mapu Quitazol - Treasurer

I have been the Program Manager for WIT for 9 years. My background is in business administration. I primarily run K-12 STEM outreach activities/events statewide as well as support and plan logistics for our 29, K-12 STEMworks labs across the state. I am also the main planner/coordinator of the Hawaii STEM Conference. Our program's primary goal is to provide our students and teachers with cutting edge technology tools to help them succeed in today's and the future job market. Our program has just been selected to serve as Regional Partners for code.org.



Meet the 2018 Board Members:

George Carroll III

As Program Chair for the College of Education at University of Phoenix, Hawai'i Campus I provide local oversight of our NCATE-accredited, state-approved teacher education program (SATEP) in Hawaii. My primary focus each day is to ensure academic quality in our local campus and online classrooms. My previous work experience includes 20+ years in sales/marketing in the advertising and financial services industries. I am a U.S. Air Force veteran with service in North Dakota, South Korea and Virginia. I am a Charter Member and the VP-Education of Phoenix Rising Kapolei Toastmasters. I also serve as Director of Community Engagement for ""Allies of Pride"" the University of Phoenix LGBT Employee Resource Group.


Rebecca Eldredge

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

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.


Elizabeth Garrison

Elizabeth 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.


Greg Kent

Greg 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. Kimble McCann

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.


Carrie Miller

Carrie 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.


Dr. Lisa Mireles

Lisa is currently a School Renewal Specialist on Kauai 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 28 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.

Deborah Orlik

Deborah is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of Law. She was a pioneer in the use of technology in the law office and in teaching law. She wrote the curriculum for teaching future lawyers how to use technology in their practice for Whittier Law School in the 1980's. In the early 2000's, Deborah became a co-owner of a computer store where she learned, and subsequently taught, building and maintenance of home computers. She took her knowledge of mid-sized business computer systems and networks and became Director of Technology at Bridges Academy (a private school for Twice Exceptional children) where she discovered her love for middle school age children. Deborah officially became a middle school teacher in 2007 when Leigh Fitzgerald gave her a teaching position at Maui Preparatory Academy. She brought her love for all things technology to middle school, teaching students how to use computers for reading, writing, researching and discovering the world. In recent years, Deborah expanded her geekiness into engineering and design thinking. Director of The IDEA Lab at The Rhoades School, Deborah built out that school's engineering and design thinking curriculum K-8 as well as a equipping the physical lab with Arduinos, 3D printers, CNC carvers, robotics, sewing machines and woodworking equipment. She now shares her love for all things futuristic by integrating technologies of all types into her English/Language Arts classes at HTA.


David Randall

I believe in preparing our students for a positive future by creating a learning environment that allows students the freedom to use technology for collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and creating. HSTE has been working toward this same goal since 2011 and I believe my experience at the school, district, and state levels of education can help further that journey. It would be an honor to support this effort.


Bobby Widhalm

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 18 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.


Previous HSTE Presidents:
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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