Staff

Tracy Jardine  Office Manager
Tracy worked in the LHES Finance and Student Services office for eight years, and has worked as Office Manager at LCPCS since 2012. She has been a resident of Laupahoehoe for more than 30 years, and was named the Hawaii Tribune Herald's "Mother of the Year" in 1999. 

Loida Navalta — Office Assistant
Loida has been working at LCPCS since 2010. She and her father are both LHES alumni. Loida's extended family has been in the community for generations, so Laupahoehoe is truly a home for her. She believes there is no job more important than being a good parent and is actively involved in her son's education.  

Rochelle Evangelista — Health Aide/Office Assistant
Rochelle was born and raised in Laupāhoehoe, and graduated from LHES in 1993. Both her sons have attended the school since kindergarten, and are set to graduate in 2018. Rochelle says her "hobby" (!) is volunteering at the many sporting events and other functions at LCPCS. 

Jill Doying — Administrative Support Specialist
Jill grew up in Canada, and first came to Hawaiʻi to attend BYU in Lāʻie, Oahu. There, she fell in love with Hawaiʻi, and took classes in Hawaiian arts, culture and history. Jill came to LCPCS in January of 2017 after a diverse career on the mainland, with skills in banking, grant proposal writing, and crisis intervention. She loves this coast because it feels like old Hawaiʻi; "It feels like itʻs supposed to feel," she says.  
  
Shantell Urbanozo — Family Engagement and Student Activities Coordinator, Office Assistant
Shantell moved to Laupahoehoe in the 7th grade, and is a 2003 LHES graduate. Her son currently attends LCPCS.

Refugio De Los Santos —  Business Manager
Mr. De Los Santos, who goes by Del, grew up in Texas, and joined the marines at 18. He was stationed at Kāneʻohe Bay, and has lived in Hawaiʻi ever since. He worked for 26 years in a variety of East Hawaiʻi non-profit organizations, LCPCS being the 7th. He has been married for over 40 years, and has two sons and three grandchildren.

Jenny Bach — Farm to Table Program Manager
Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, Jenny graduated from the first charter school in the state. She credits West Hawaiʻi Explorations Academy, with its hands-on, project-based curriculum for opening up new worlds to her. In college, she worked on an organic farm in Puna, and found her passion in the art of growing food. About 15 years ago she adopted her first bee hives, and soon after created Bee Love Hawaiʻi and the Honeybee Education Program. With grant funding from various sources, Jenny put together an educational program, and traveled from school to school. In this process, she found LCPCS. Jenny now manages the Farm to School program, and teaches in both the school garden and the school kitchen.  

Ama Martin — Student Services Coordinator

Paula Dickey  Student Records Coordinator
Paula has more than 25 years of experience in education, including teaching, coaching, counseling, coordinating, and directing the Hilo Intermediate School's Summer Enrichment Program. Paula has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education, double majoring in School and Community Health. As a 20+ year resident of Laupahoehoe, parent and faculty member, Paula brings a well-rounded perspective to her position. She is motivated to see the school and every child at LCPCS succeed.

Marc Roberts — Technology Coordinator (IT)

Denise AhChoy — Elementary SEL Coordinator
Denise comes from a large family, many of whom have ties to the school in Laupāhoehoe. She herself graduated from LHES in 1997, and her son currently attends the school. She worked at LHES before the conversion, and then spent roughly four years teaching pre-school before returning to LCPCS in 2012. When not at school, she says, she loves to read and take her son to the beach.
 
Jay Yaw — Secondary SEL Coordinator


Tara Whitford — College and Career Coordinator
Tara grew up in the "little tiny rural town" of Apple Valley, California, with no thought in her head of ever going to college. But a good high school counselor changed all that, and now she is providing similar motivation to LCPCS students. She is currently completing her B.S. in psychology from UHH. 

Anthony Nunez — Food Service Manager

Josephina Navalta — School Cook

Lyndele Cardoza — Cafeteria Helper/Custodian

Ambrose Cantan — Head Custodian
Ambrose Cantan was born and raised in Hilo, and has a degree in Tropical Ecosystem and Agro-forestry management. He comes to LCPCS after several years with Volcano National Park and the US Forest Service. When he’s not at work, you can find him outdoors, free diving, hunting or hiking.

Rona Wilbur — Custodian
Rona Wilber moved to Laupāhoehoe in the second grade, and graduated from LHES in 1992. She worked as a pharmacy technician in Honoka`a and Waimea for many years, but the commute was difficult, so she began transitioning into a custodial position at the school in October of 2011. She says she loves her work, and pau hana she continues it, helping several elderly neighbors maintain their yards.

Winnie Vindinha — Substitute Custodian

Moana Cornelio
  Classroom Cleaner

Meagan Cardoza-Fernandez  Classroom Cleaner

Joyce Alfiler  Classroom Cleaner

Doris Komomua —
 Bus Driver

Sweetie Kaua-Sakamoto — Bus Driver