2020 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.
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 three new members of the Board of Directors this year! Trisha Kodama, Celeste Endo, and Paul Holwegner! Take a mement to read the bios below on these fantastic educators.
Shane Asselstine - President (Oahu)
Shane is the Technology Integration Specialist at Momilani Elementary School, 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. 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 800 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.
Cecilia "CC" Chung - President Elect (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Holwegner - (Kauai)
Paul is a technology integration coach and formerly a middle science teacher at Chiefess Kamakahaelei Middle School. His credits include:
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.
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.
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.
Bobby Widhalm - (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.
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