Faculty
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. 

Pre School - Katherine Metzler-Nagata

Pre School SPED - Amanda Martin

Elementary SPED FSC - Naomi Tachera

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

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 - Cheryl Borsh

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/6th Grade Advisor – 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/7th Grade Advisor – Jacquelyn Gomes

Middle School English & Language Arts/8th Grade Advisor – 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 History/8th Grade Advisor - Leroy Bovee

Middle School SPED - Terry "Doug" Little

Secondary Hawaiian Studies - Keali'i Lilly

High School Math/Freshman Advisor - Jinsun Matarese

High School Arts & Technology/Freshman Advisor – 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. 

High School AG & Ensembles/Sophomore Advisor –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 Social Studies/Sophomore Advisor - 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 Science/Junior Advisor – Robert 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 English & Language Arts/Senior Advisor – Molly Porzig
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Molly Porzig has over a decade's worth of experience supporting and empowering teenagers. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in feminist and community studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her teaching credentials, in high school language arts and social studies, at Mills College in Oakland. She has served as an youth advocate, social worker and community organizer, and her work has included counseling and leadership development to youth survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and the juvenile system in the Santa Cruz and Watsonville communities.

High School SPED – 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.   

High School SPED FSC - Jadine Navor

Woodshop - Peter Ziroli 

Autoshop - Bryson Anzai

Culinary - Jordan Lopez