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 -- 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. 

First grade -- 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.

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
Josie has been teaching elementary school for more than 26 years, with the last 13 at the third grade level. Originally from the Philippines, Josie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Washington State University, and a Master’s of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University at Tempe.  For the school year 2011-2012 she was honored as a finalist for Arizona's Teacher of the Year Award.

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 – Naomi Smith
Naomi is originally from Dallas, Texas and moved with her family to Hawai`i in 2014. Naomi attended Texas Women’s University where she graduated suma cum laude with a BS degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Earth/Life science. She has taught elementary students for 10 years. Her passion is science and reading and in her free time she enjoys exploring the island. She is a mom of two wonderful kids.

Sixth grade -- Clifton Johnson
Clifton Johnson 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.

Secondary Math – Doreen Ho
Doreen Ho 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.

Secondary 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.

Secondary 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.  

Secondary Electives Teacher --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.

Secondary Special Education teacher -- 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.

Secondary Intervention Specialist -- 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. 

Homeroom Advisor, IDEA teacher -- 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 -- Karen Lee Holderman
Karen has worked for 10 years as an elementary school counselor, and has training and experience in mediation, specializing in domestic mediation.  Her counseling philosophy incorporates service as a vehicle for self-discovery and skill-building, and she believes that counseling is at its best when it assists students in developing social competency and resiliency, and facilitates the student's use of resources.  She welcomes the students, staff and families of LCPCS to stop by her office to get acquainted, and looks forward to helping create a rich learning environment for all.

Kaupea Instructor -- Myles De Coito
Myles has spent the last ten years at Kua O Ka La Charter School In Pahoa. He has an impressive background, having taught math, PE, English and social studies at the secondary level. Myles is a "Google for Education" guru, speaks basic Hawaiian, and is experienced in community outreach.

Intervention Specialist -- Anne Harris

Elementary SPED FSC -- Jennifer Prince

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.

Secondary SPED -- Carrie Edgil