Hawaii State Teacher Fellows
Elizabeth is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood Education, 2003. She re-certified in 2013. Elizabeth received her BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Massachusetts and Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Elizabeth currently works as a third grade teacher at Haiku Elementary School on the island of Maui. Her 28 years of experience range from preschool through graduate school, with the majority in third grade. She regularly trains student teachers to share her practices and passion.
Shawna teaches AVID and computer elective at Konawaena Middle School in the Konawaena/Kealakehe complex area. During her 13 years at KMS, she has expanded her role to include new teacher mentorship, serving on the Instructional Leadership Team, coaching student representatives on the Hokupa’a Youth Council, and facilitating a student “Critter Care” club in partnership with Hawai’i Island Humane Society. A “terminal student,” Shawna continues to learn through opportunities such as Na Kumu Alaka’i, and conferences such as those sponsored by HAMS, AMLE and AVID. Shawna earned her BS from UC Riverside, and her master’s degree from the UH Manoa.
Michael Kline currently teaches Special Education preschool and kindergarten at Kilauea Elementary School. He has been a Special Education teacher for 15 years on Kaua’i. Michael achieved National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist in Early Childhood through Young Adulthood in 2003 and recertified in 2013. He earned an undergraduate degree in Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Illinois and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum Studies from the University of Hawai’i. He has served as Secretary for the Hawai’i State Teachers Association Kaua’i Chapter for 9 years and is currently Secretary and Vice-President.
Emilio teaches 10th grade Biology, 11th & 12th grade Environmental Science and Human Physiology, and next year will be teaching AP Biology. The 2015-16 school year was his first year teaching on Moloka’i after teaching in New York City for 12 years. A member of the Science Work Group through the Hawaii’s Department of Education Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Support, Emilio also participated in University of Hawaii, Manoa Our Project in Hawaii’s Intertidal (OPIHI) Study. He received his BS in Animal Physiology/Neuroscience from University of California, San Diego, and Master’s of Education in Secondary Science Education from University of Massachusetts, Boston.
An Autism Consulting Teacher with the Windward District, Danielle co-teaches in an Intensive Training Center where she coaches and mentors teacher candidates and special education teachers. She is a Mentor trainer with the New Teacher Center, and a 2014 Team Excellence Award Merit Finalist with her State Induction Team. Danielle was awarded the Locations Foundation Teacher Award and is working towards her Special Olympics coaching swimming certification. She received her BS in Communication Studies and a Minor in Dance from California Polytechnic University Pomona, and her MEd in Educational Foundations and MEd in Special Education from the University of Hawai’i.
Christina Torres teaches English and Drama at University Laboratory School. After graduating from the University of Southern California with degrees in English and Theatre, Christina joined Teach For America. She earned her Masters in Education focused on Digital Learning at Loyola Marymount University. While teaching, she and her students ran the LA marathon through the SRLA program. After two years, Christina came to Hawai‘i to work on TFA-Hawai‘i staff. She worked in operations, then as a TFA national social media manager before returning to teach. Christina is part of Hawai‘i’s Teacher Leadership Initiative, TFA’s Education4Justice cohort, and the EduColor collective.
Anne is a third grade teacher and Grade Level Chair at Ma’ili Elementary on the Leeward Coast. A TFA alumna, she holds memberships on the advisory council for the Native Alliance Initiative, the National Indian Education Association, the Academic Review Team, is a chapter delegate for the NEA Representative Assembly and serves as a school level leader for HSTA. She was nominated in 2015 for the TFA Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award and completed an action research project to measure the impact on student learning of collaborative technology in her classroom. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2010 with a dual degree in Economics and Philosophy.
Mathieu currently teaches middle school technology and media classes at Kealakehe Intermediate in Kona. Previously he was a special education teacher and served on his school’s Instructional Leadership Team. This will be Mathieu’s fifth year of teaching and has been tasked this upcoming school year to build a stronger K-12 construct through technology and develop a school wide social and emotional curriculum to strengthen student mindsets. He began his teaching career through Teach for America in Hawai’i. Mathieu completed his undergraduate studies in Business at Walla Walla University and recently earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from Chaminade University.