Meet the Faculty

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Aaron Barcellos

Kindergarten Teacher

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Cindy Han

Kindergarten Teacher

University of Hawaii at Hilo -B.A. in Psychology

Central Washington University - B.A. in Elementary Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa - M.A. in Education Leadership Foundation

Interest: I like to read, travel, and spend time with family.

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Jennifer Heinzman

Inclusion Teacher

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Kelly Hirahara

Special Education Teacher

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Kristy Hirahara

Student Services Coordinator

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Michael Ibara

Grade 5 Teacher

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Sarah Iseri

Grade 2 Teacher

I attended Hawaii Pacific University and graduated with a bachelors in Elementary Education.

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Hyesim Kaneshiro

Grade 3 Teacher

Masters Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix.

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Christina Kim

Grade 1 Teacher

I received a Bachelor's Degree in Family Resources, a Post Baccalaureate in Elementary Education, and a Master's degree in Educational Foundation. I immigrated from Korea when I was twelve years old. I grew up in Florida before moving to Hawaii. Besides working with children, I also love music, reading, and being in nature.

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Jonathan Lum

Grade 3 Teacher

I attended Mid-Pacific Institute for high school and then Biola University for college. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and I am currently working on my MAT degree online. I enjoy playing volleyball, hiking, snorkeling, and surfing.

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Janice Marquez-Carganilla

ELL Lead Teacher

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Micah Masuno

Music Resource Teacher

Mr. Masuno has been the music teacher at Pu'uhale Elementary School for 4 years. He is passionate about sharing his love of music with the students of Pu'uhale, and believes it is important for every student. Music is proven to improve mental and emotional health, and has links to academic achievement. Mr. Masuno would like to thank the Pu'uhale community for their support of this important aspect of a child's development.

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Michele Moninger

Grade 1 Teacher

My teaching experience started in 2004 after graduating from University of Phoenix with a Masters of Education. I have taught for 10 years in Hawaii and 5 years in Las Vegas. I am married and have 3 children.

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Mary Jane Moore

Grade 4 Teacher

I obtained both my Bachelor of Elementary Education and Professional Diploma for Education (post baccalaureate) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Over the years I’ve taught grades 4 and 5 and student taught grade 2.

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Kennison Pang

Grade 5 Teacher

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Vina Phong

Inclusion Teacher

General Education and Special Education B.S.

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Kalei Ponce

Grade 1 Teacher

I attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in science.

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Denise Sakaue-Arakaki

Kindergarten Teacher

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Phyllis Sano

Grade 2 Teacher

UH Manoa graduate

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Todd Sasaki

Counselor

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Marissa Shimabukuro

Special Education Teacher

I attended UH Manoa and got my Bachelors degree in English Literature. Shortly after graduating I began working as a Part Time Teacher in ELL at Puuhale. This job opportunity inspired me to go back to school to become a teacher. So I enrolled in the education program at Chaminade University and got my Masters degree in Special Education. Having my son has really helped me become a better teacher because I am more able to relate to the children in my classroom. My teaching philosophy has always revolved around the idea that all students are capable of learning when provided with the right tools and support to do so, and I whole heartedly devote myself to achieving this every school year.

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Sherice Shiroma

Technology Teacher

I graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor's Degree in Family Resources and a Master's Degree in Teaching, Elementary Education.

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You Jin Sohn

Inclusion Teacher

Graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelors Degree in General Education and Special Education.

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Joshua Tokumi

Grade 4 Teacher

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Shannon Wong

Curriculum Coach

I have a Bachelor’s degree from University of Hawaii and a Master’s degree from Gonzaga University. Things that make me smile when I’m not at school… spending time with my family, playing with my adorable dogs, doing craft projects, and collecting children's literature books!