Board Members and HTSB Staff
The fifteen members of the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board represent stakeholder groups in education:
- Six licensed teachers
- Three administrators
- State of Hawaii Board of Education Chairperson or designee
- State Superintendent of Schools or designee
- Dean of the UH College of Education or designee from member institutions of the Teacher Education Coordinating Committee
- Two members of the public, nominated by the Hawaii Business Roundtable, Hawaii P-20, and Hawaii Workforce Development Council
- Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) representative
ChairpersonTerry Holck works as the Race to the Top, Data Coach for the Nanakuli Waianae Zones of Innovation and brings 20 years of experience as a board member. She holds a Bachelor of Education & Professional Diploma (Elem Ed) degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. As a board member, she represents licensed teachers and she believes that every one of Hawaii’s keiki deserve no less than to be taught by a licensed, highly qualified, highly effective teacher. Her appointment expires in 2017.
Vice ChairpersonFelicia Villalobos works as a teacher at Wilcox Elementary School on the island of Kauaʻi. She brings 7 years of teaching experience in Hawaii's Public Schools. She holds a Masters in Education, Curriculum Studies from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Felicia also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Certification Program in Elementary Education from CSU, Fresno. Felicia believes that teacher licensure should provide every student with a highly qualified and effective teacher, and supports academic achievement to enhance learning for every public school student in the State of Hawaii. As a Vice Chairperson board member Felicia's goals are to ensure that Hawaii’s licensing process strives to maintain quality and excellence in standards, while supporting teachers and providing opportunities to enhance their professional growth. Her appointment expires in 2019.
Louise CayetanoLouise Cayetano works as a teacher at Fern Elementary School in Honolulu, Hawaii and has 23 years of experience teaching in Hawaii’s public schools. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Professional Diploma of Elementary Education and Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. As a board member Louise’s goals are to communicate to the teachers, administrators, legislators and the general public the accomplishments of the HTSB, the status of its current work and future plans, in a timely manner; to be able to work cooperatively and effectively with other members of the Board and its staff; and to evaluate the effectiveness of the HTSB’s progress towards monitoring teacher licensing and its response time to teacher inquiries. Her appointment expires in 2019.
Branden KawazoeBranden Kawazoe is the 11th grade counselor at Kaiser High School and has over 7 years of experience in the education system. He holds a bachelors degree from Pacific University of Oregon in Business Administration and a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling degree from Chaminade University. As a board member, Branden believes that Hawaii's Department of Education should maintain and improve its already rigorous licensure process in order to provide our children with the highest quality education. He would like to work together with other board members to ensure that the teacher licensing process is continually evolving and growing. His appointment expires in 2018.
Kariane Park ToyamaKariane Park Toyama is a highly qualified 4th grade teacher at Waihe'e Elementary School on the island of Maui. She has over 16 years of experience working in Hawai'i's public schools. As a graduate of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Hawaiian Studies. Kariane believes that all of Hawai'i's keiki deserve qualified and effective teachers. As a board member, she will continue to ensure that our teachers are held accountable and are able to provide a variety of learning opportunities for their students. Her appointment expires in 2017.
Roxane StewartRoxane Stewart has served as a highly qualified public school teacher in Hilo for the past 15 years, working in both D.O.E and charter schools. Roxane holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Marine Science. Certified and licensed in secondary science, Roxane continues to serve Ka ‘Umeke Kāʻeo Hawaiian Immersion Charter School as their pre-K to 12th grade resource teacher specializing in curriculum and assessment development and instructional support for the Papakū Makawalu learning methodology implemented school-wide at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo. Roxane brings to the board a strong teaching background here in Hawai’i, vast knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment and extensive knowledge and experience in public charter schools. As a board member she aims to advocate for charter schools in effort to ensure that charter schools are supported so they are able to give students the best possible educational experience. Her appointment expires in 2019.
3 Ex Officio Members
Lance Mizumoto (Susan Young, Designee)
Kathryn Matayoshi (Kerry Tom, Designee)
Kathryn Matayoshi works as the Superintendent of Schools at the Hawaii Department of Education and has been in the education field since July 1, 2009. She holds a Juri doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Kathryn represents the Hawaii Department of Education and the Superintendent of Schools and as a board member her goal is to focus on improving teaching as it relates to improving student learning.
Dr. Don Young (Dr. Beth Pateman, Designee)
Beth Pateman is Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education (COE), UH-Manoa. She earned the Doctor of Health and Safety (HSD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees at Indiana University, and BS, MEd, and EdS degrees at the University of Georgia. Dr. Pateman has 40 years of experience in education, and has served at the K-8, university, and federal levels. At UH-Manoa, she leads COE assessment and accountability efforts for continuous program and college improvement. Dr. Pateman's goal as a board member is to increase communication and collaboration among Educator Preparation Programs, the Hawaii Department of Education, and the Hawaii Teacher Standard Board to prepare the best teachers possible for our state.
Justin MewJustin Mew is the principal at Kaiser School and brings 30 years of experience in education to the board. He holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science Education/Pre-medicine), a Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction, Biological sciences), and a Master of Education (Educational Administration) from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. As a board member, Justin represents educational officers and school principles and his goals are to encourage discourse for informed and timely decision-making, problem solving on issues related to teacher licensing, and to improve student learning in every classroom. His appointment expires in 2019.
Lisa DelongLisa Delong is the principal of Kailua Intermediate School. In high school she tutored students with hearing impairments and this experience sparked a lifelong interest in public education. She has served as a special education teacher, technology coordinator, school administrator, and complex area superintendent. She was recognized as the National Association of Secondary School Principal's Hawaii State Principal of the Year in 2005 and recently earned an EdD professional practice doctorate in education from the University of Hawaii. Lisa represents educational officers, including school principals, on the board and aims to be an advocate for the profession and support teacher licensing processes so that every public school student is taught by a highly qualified and effective educator. Her appointment expires in 2019.
Steve NakasatoSteve Nakasato is the proud principal of Pearl Ridge Elementary and has served as an educational officer for 23 years. Steve holds a Bachelor of Education (Elementary Education), Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Administration), and a Doctor of Education (Professional Education Practice) from the University of Hawai‘i. Steve represents educational officers and will work toward improving teacher licensing, and affirming processes for resolving complex problems with complex solutions. His appointment expires in 2019.
Les MurashigeAppointment expires in 2018
Gerald TeramaeGerald Teramae has been a teacher and school administrator in both the public and private schools. Gerald was an elementary school teacher at Mai'li Elementary School, Kalihi Uka Elementary School and Honowai Elementary School. He has been a school administrator at Waipahu Intermediate School, Nanakuli Intermediate and High School, Ali'iolani Elementary School, Jarrett Middle School and Kalani High School. His most recent administrative position was at Iolani as Dean of Lower School before accepting the position as Head of School at Island Pacific Academy. His appointment expires in 2018.
Executive DirectorLynn Hammonds serves as the Executive Director of HTSB. She provides executive services to the Board, supervises HTSB staff and assists in the development of activities, policies and procedures for effective and efficient organization and implementation of the Board’s policies. After taking office she was instrumental in revising the license renewal process; deploying the online licensing system; revising HTSB’s Administrative Rules; finalizing a Memorandum of Agreement for Data Sharing with the Hawaii Department of Education; facilitating license reciprocity with other states and introducing “green initiatives” into office operations. Lynn is a graduate of Union University with a degree in French, Social Studies and Education and holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Memphis. She was among the first teachers certified in 1999 by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a Middle Childhood Generalist. Lynn taught for twenty-five years in elementary, middle and high school and has worked as a technology representative for a computer company in Hawaii and Southern California. She is also a member of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Examiners, a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher, a NASA Mentor Teacher and has served as a support provider for the California Beginning Teacher Support Assessment (BTSA) Program. Lynn was recently elected by her fellow licensing agency state directors to a second term as Western Region Director for the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).
Christina Simpson J.D
SpecialistChristina Simpson serves as the Licensing Specialist for HTSB. She taught for 16 years in both public and private schools in Hawaii. Christina is a graduate of the University of Hawaii-Manoa with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Post Baccalaureate in Secondary Education. She holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum Studies with an emphasis in Middle School and a Master’s degree in Educational Foundations with an emphasis in Private School Leadership from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Christina received her Juris Doctor from Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.
Dr. Topher Erickson
SpecialistDr. Topher Erickson practiced social work with runaway and homeless youth for 10 years before undertaking graduate work in cultural anthropology at American University in Washington DC. His research explores the intersections of social movements, social work and nonprofit organizations in Hawaii. Dr. Erickson continues scholarship in examining systems of power, gender and social justice. As well as how social and cyber space influence our day-to-day interactions. Topher has taught social science courses in higher education in Washington DC and Honolulu for over 12 years. He brings multiple years of experience with curriculum review and implementation in higher education. Dr. Erickson is committed to self-assessment, integrity, and being of service.
Data ManagerLorrin serves as the Data Manager for HTSB. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Asian studies from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and is a member of the Golden Key Honors Society. Lorrin has been employed as a SLEP (Second Language English Proficiency) teaching assistant at Ka`iulani Elementary and upon graduating from the University of Hawaii, he has taught English in Japan at Miyake-jima High School and Tachikawa High School in the JET program. After returning to Hawaii in 1999, Lorrin worked as a Network Administrator for Watanabe, Ing and Kawashima LLP, the Department of Health Developmental Disabilities Division, and the Department of the Attorney General.
SecretaryHTSB Secretary since 2006.
Hazel MarianoHazel serves as the Office Assistant for HTSB. She has earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix (Honolulu campus) and her associate’s degree in Business Administration from Heald College.
Catherine FloydCatherine serves as the Office Assistant for HTSB. Prior to joining HTSB, she has worked for 15 years as an Administrative Assistant with various painting and garage door contractors.
BehrDr. Behrickson, or “Behr,” serves Dr. Erickson as a diabetic alert dog (DAD). Using his keen sense of smell, he signals Dr. Erickson to any critical hypoglycemic episodes induced by injected insulin. Born in Amarillo, Texas, Behr completed one year of obedience and six months of scent training before being paired with Topher in October, 2008 - he has been at his side ever since. When not on the job, Behr enjoys licking the floor, his paws and his immediate surroundings vigorously. As he enters the winter of his life, Behr has found sleeping to be a rewarding pastime and has honed his snoring-craft.