Faculty
Pre-school Special Education – Rachel Bell
Rachel Bell is originally from Canada. She has a BSc in Psychology and Early Childhood Education, and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. She has been teaching for over 15 years, including overseas, and opened a private preschool in Canada. After her two children were born, she spent four years on Jeju Island in South Korea, and taught kindergarten while her sons attended pre-school. Her hobbies are reading, hiking and going to the beach. 

Pre-school – Karen Crowe
Karen has a been a teacher and administrator in Montessori schools for 37 years, having spent the 20 of those traveling around the world helping parent groups open Montessori schools in Madagascar, Thailand, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, and the United States, among other locations.

Kindergarten – Daniela Smith
Daniela Smith graduated from the University of California-Riverside with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in United States History. Daniela holds a Master’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from California Baptist University. She has taught first, third and seventh grade.

First Grade – Crystal Ivey
Crystal Ivey has an extensive background in Montessori education. She previously taught preschool at St. Joseph's and Kamehameha Schools. Crystal has studied both criminology and sociology and is bilingual, speaking the Ute language and English. She has an M.A. in bilingual curriculum and instruction. 

Second grade – Savin Knoblauch
Savin has more than nine years of teaching experience. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her Masters in Multicultural Education from the University of California. 

Third grade – Josephine Harding
Originally from the Philippines, Josie earned a BS degree in psychology from St. Paul College, Quezon City. Upon graduation, she taught elementary school for 12 years in Southeast Asia. After immigrating to the US, she earned a BA in Elementary Education from Washington State University, and a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. Josie taught 3rd grade for 10 years on the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona, and was a finalist for the Apache County Arizona's Teacher of the Year Award in 2012. In 2016, she was awarded Teacher of the Year at LCPCS. She has an extensive background serving the needs of culturally, racially and socially-economically diverse student populations. 

Fourth grade – Megan Patten
Megan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Diego State University.  She is credentialed in Hawai‛i as a “Highly Qualified Teacher.”

Fifth grade – Mario Patino 
Mario has been teaching for some 14 years, mostly in high school science, after spending eight years in pharmaceutical research. He came to Papaikou in 2002, and after working as a substitute teacher at Kamehameha Schools, realized he was interested in progressive, state-of-the-art teaching methods. He therefore went back to school in a big way, earning Natiional Board Certification along with a Master's Degree in life sciences, and an M.Ed in science curriculum. He has two sons, both at LCPCS, and, while he was born and brought up in southern California, his parents came to the US from central Mexico, and are of Huichol-Zapotec origin.  

Elementary SPED FSC – Nicole Maraglio 

Elementary SPED – Alisa Tripp

Alisa was born and raised in Alaska. She graduated from the University of Alaska with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She also earned an endorsement in Special Education. She has a daughter named Petunia, and they both love living in Hawaii.

Middle School Science – Aaron Mickelson

Aaron first began teaching while serving in the US Peace Corps in the Philippines in 2007. He came to Hawai`i in 2010, and earned a Master's in Environmental Science at UH Hilo. He writes: "I found my home at LCPCS in 2014 among the amazing haumāna, hardworking faculty and staff, and beautiful forests. I hope to share with students my love and awe of the natural world, and a respect for the `āina that comes from hands-on learning.  

Middle School Math – Mallory Romero  
Mallory comes to LCPCS from Texas. Prior to that, she taught math and was director of a school in Ghana, West Africa. She was also the ELL coordinator for a school in Brooklyn. She holds a Masters of Science in education, and is a CPA. In addition, she speaks fluent Spanish, and enjoys practicing and teaching yoga. 

Middle School English/Language Arts – Clifton Johnson
Clifton has taught elementary and middle school in Texas and New York. He's also been a teacher with the Head Start Program. He has even been the lead administrator for a school in Ghana, West Africa. In addition, Clifton has served as a substance abuse counselor for adults with behavioral health challenges. He has extensive volunteer experience and has designed and taught programs to educate youths on topics including gardening, nutrition and cooking. 

Middle School SPED – Carrie Edgil
Carrie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, and a Master's Degree in the Arts of Teaching (MAT, with an emphasis in elementary education) from the University of San Francisco. She is a certified teacher in both California and Hawai`i, and holds an additional authorization to her California license to teach 2D Art, 3D Art, and Art Appreciation/History. For almost eight years she has worked with special needs students in a variety of ways, from wilderness therapy to tutoring in Spanish. During her free time she enjoys hiking, road trips, and creating artwork. 
  
Middle School SPED FSC – Jeff St. Pierre 
Jeff is originally from British Columbia, Canada, and comes to Laupahoehoe from California. He has a Master's of Science in special education, and a Bachelor's degree in exercise science and sports management. He spent 2015/2016 working as a special education teacher for the Ventura County Office of Education, where he worked with elementary students. 

Middle and High School Technology – Sky Stressman 
Sky was raised in Tempe, Arizona, and received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. He also has an Associate's Degree in Multi-media. After 10 years of teaching at both the high school and college levels, he moved to Waikaloa with his wife and two little girls to escape the mainland rat race. His wife is a teacher in Waikaloa. Sky is an accomplished drone pilot. 

Middle and High School Electives –Todd Otake 
Todd graduated from Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama, then attended UH-Hilo and graduated with a BBA and a secondary teaching certificate. He has been teaching at Laupāhoehoe since 2004. In Todd’s free time he enjoys music, fishing, and bodyboarding.

High School Math – Doreen Ho
Doreen is returning home to Hawai`i after living on the mainland for over 20 years. Her oldest daughter attends OSU and her youngest daughter will be a freshman at Kamehameha Schools Hawai`i. High School

Science – Bob Zellner
Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1991 with a BS in broadfield science and biology.  He has taught in both public and private schools for over 25 years. He came to Hawai`i in 2008, taught at LHES for a couple of years, moved to Kanu O Ka `aina in Waimea, and returned to LCPCS in the fall of 2014.

High School Social Studies – Kurtis Sherer
Kurtis is a graduate of the UH-Hilo's Teacher Education Program.  He received an Associate's Degree in liberal arts from Ohlone College in Fremont, California where he also played college baseball, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from UH-Hilo.  This is his fifth year of teaching at LCPCS.   

High School English/Language Arts – Molly Porzig

High School SPED – Kaulana Smith
Kumu Kaulana has taught for over 15 years in public education. A graduate of U.H. Manoa with a B.A. in English, and of Chaminade University with a M.Ed. in Special Education and Educational Leadership, she worked in retail and small business management before teaching, and values life readiness. Kaulana resides on the coast and travels back to Anahola, Kaua`i to spend time with her `ohana.  

Counselor – Kauʻi Trainer
Kauʻi earned a BA in geology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, a BA in psychology from UH Hilo, and an MA in counseling from UH Hilo. She moved to Hilo in 2000 from the island of Molokai. She is married (25 years!) [the exclamation mark is hers!] and has four children. She is an avid Aloha ʻĀina supporter and spends her free time farming, dancing hula, carving pahu, and practicing oli. One of her guiding principles comes from ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hana kāpulu ka lima, ʻAi ʻino ka waha (Careless work with the hands puts dirty food in the mouth!). It is a reminder to be conscious and aware of yourself, your effect on others and their effect on you.
 
Kaupea Instructor – Myles De Coito
Myles has taught in various capacities on Hawai`i Island over the past two decades. He has over 10 years of experience working in Hawai`i public charter schools, and has spent the last three focused solely on virtual education. In his second year at LCPCS, he is focused on building process continuity and grade-level transition protocols for the secondary students of the Kaupe`a Virtual Learning Program. Myles is a "Google for Education" guru, speaks basic Hawaiian, and is experienced in community outreach.

Intervention Specialist – Annie Harris
After teaching for more than 20 years in California, Annie came to Hawai`i to retire. It just didn't work out that way! Within a few weeks of showing up at LCPCS to volunteer, she had a job. Since then she has served as a reading coach and the elementary student services coordinator, and been in charge of discipline for the elementary grades.