Dr. Mark Hines is the Director of Mid-Pacific eXploratory (MPX) at Mid-Pacific Institute (MPI), a PreK-12 independent school in Honolulu, Hawaii. MPX is a grade 9 & 10 program that is grounded in integrated, community project-based learning. Students build authentic projects and work on community issues while integrating Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies and the Arts. This will be the 6th year of the program. Prior to this role he was Technology Coordinator for MPI for 15 years planning, developing and implementing technology and professional development for teachers, staff and students. In all, he has taught Science, Math and Technology for 36 years. He is passionate about teaching, learning and the future of education. He serves on the Governing Board of The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS) and is past president and current board member of the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education (HSTE). He has also coached high school canoe paddling for 31 years and is a passionate Boy Scout Assistant Scout Master with Troop 10 in Honolulu.
Mark consults and presents locally and nationally on issues of deeper learning in schools, technology in education and school transformation. He helps run Kupu Hou Academy, a 4 day teacher workshop that supports teachers building authentic project-based experiences for their students. He is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Math and Science Teaching, a National Tandy Technology Scholar, and a Pacific Technology Foundation Technology Educator of the Year. In 2016 he was recognized by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools as an “Educator of the Future”. He serves as a planning member of the state-wide Schools of the Future Conference as well as the Hawaii Educational Leadership Summit. He has a Ph.D in Educational Technology from the University of Hawaii and a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Edna Husseyhas been the principal of Mid-Pacificʻs preschool and elementary since 2004; she was the former head of Epiphany School which merged with Mid-Pacific. Her educational experiences span a wide range of ages of learners, from kindergarten through college and teaching professionals. She worked as assessment coordinator for UHʻs Mānoa Writing Program, co-directed the Hawaiʻi Writing Projectʻs Invitational Summer Institutes, and taught as an adjunct prof in the UH College of Education. Hawaiʻiʻs first Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool began in 2005, which has attracted visitors from around the world. Working in collaboration with pedagogista Leslie Gleim, she and Leslie coordinated the set-up of the famed Wonder of Learning Exhibit in 2013 and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance Summer Conference. She completed her doctorate in education, a member of the first UH cohort in professional educational practice. Offering an early learning and elementary strand focused on Reggio-inpired and inquiry practices in Kupu Hou is a dream come true for Edna! .
John Cheever was born and raised in Honolulu, graduating from Punahou School and then attending Cornell University where he majored in Urban and Regional Studies with an emphasis on Environmental Planning. After two years in the working world he decided to give teaching a try, leading him on a seventeen year journey in education from Colorado to San Francisco and then back to Hawai'i, during which he taught every grade level except 2nd and 5th. Having taught American Studies and Economics at Punahou for eleven years, John then sought to "practice what he had been preaching" by adventuring into the renewable energy industry, developing solar farms and commercial rooftop solar systems throughout Hawai'i. John started to get the itch for the classroom again after a stint in education outreach and advocacy with the local non-profit Blue Planet Foundation, eventually landing at Mid-Pacific with Kupu Hou Academy and the Mid-Pacific eXploratory (MPX) program teaching 9th grade Humanities.
Pam Jenkins teaches in Mid-Pacific Institute's Elementary program as a 5th grade teacher. Her work is inquiry focused and her students dive deeply into research, interviews, and presentations by generating a capstone project each year. She has aught for 17 years as a PE teacher and currently the 5th grade teacher for the past 5 years. She has a Masters in Elementary EducationThis is her second year working with the Kupu Hou Team. She has been implementing the Capstone Inquiry Project with our 5th graders and striving to create an engaging and dynamic learning environment since 2014. She has also been encouraging students to think critically and collaboratively. Mid-Pacific began the capstone in 2002, which has undergone several iterations. The current Capstone Inquiry process has been one of the most rewarding learning processes for our students.
Gregg Kaneko teaches innovative programs in Aquaponics, Biology and is a founding teacher in MPX (Mid-Pacific eXploratory) at Mid-Pacific Institute (MPI), Gregg oversees the planning and development of innovative curriculum for the innovative integrated, student centered PBL option for MPI High School students. He has his BS in Biology and a Masters in Private School Leadership from the University of Hawai’i. EduTopia article on Gregg's project work. Click here.
Tiffany Byrne has been a third and fourth grade multi-age teacher at Epiphany School and Mid-Pacific for the past 22 years. Next year, she'll be joining fellow presenter Pam Jenkins as a fifth grade teacher. Tiffany has been a presenter at Schools of the Future Conferences, and is a research fellow with the Harvard Graduate School of Educationʻs Research Schools International. Tiffany is interested in how students construct and reconstruct their understanding, and how we, as teachers, can help them to make that thinking visible.
Chris Falk teaches the ninth grade Humanities portion of Mid-Pacific’s MPX (Mid-Pacific eXploratory) program along with STEM teacher Mark Hines. An educator since 1999, he has served Special Motivation and Gifted and Talented students, served as a substitute Vice-principal, and taught Hawaiian History, World Civilizations, and United States History in both public and independent schools. His classes emphasize and reinforce relationships, respect, and rigor.
Billie Napoleon has been teaching for 22 years, including 17 years at Mid Pacific. She joined the Mid-Pacific eXploratory Program in 2016 and teaches the 10th grade humanities, which is both interdisciplinary and project based. She has presented at Schools of the Future conferences, the KS Kūkulu Kaiaulu Conference, and was a research fellow with the Harvard Schools of Education International. Her interests are in using technology in innovative ways and developing assessment tools to support PBL. She is passionate about using literature to teach history, developing structures that encourage student voice and choice, and encouraging academic discourse among students.
Bob McIntosh started his educational experience in 1980 teaching high school mathematics, industrial arts and technology education in Estes Park, Colorado. During that time he designed, developed and implemented an award winning middle school technology program. He has led and facilitated teacher professional development around the world introducing teachers to technology rich PBL environments as the Educational Leader and COO for Creative Learning Systems. He has designed, installed and supported innovative learning environments around the United States and Canada. Bob has led educational technology at Mid-Pacific Institute since 2005 and is currently an MPX9 STEM and IB technology teacher, designing and implementing project based learning experiences for students. Bob received his bachelors degree in Industrial Sciences Arts/Education from Colorado State University and is pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership.
Leslie Gleim began her Reggio inspired journey over 23 years ago while working with children with special rights in an integrated setting in Ohio. It was during her time in Ohio that she began to develop her understanding of Reggio inspired work. While in Ohio she was active in the Ohio study group process (Ohio Voices for Learning) and has work in the Ohio exhibit “Where Ideas Fly.” It was also in Ohio that she began her work with Dr. George E. Forman through his on-line-classes, his work with the Ohio study groups, and later with his company Videatives. Leslie has published several articles and has presented at the NAREA annual conference in Calgary, Ca and numerous national NAEYC conferences. n 1999 Leslie participated with the Ohio delegation to Reggio Emilia Italy for her first time. In 2007 she presented at a workshop in Hawaii and was then asked to come help develop and teach at Mid-Pacific’s Reggio inspired preschool in Honolulu..
While at Mid-Pacific Leslie works in the role of pedagogista, concentrating on developing projects, the professional development of the team and working with the parents and children as well. She works with Dr. George Forman who has been consulting with the Mid-Pacific preschool since 2007. In Hawaii Leslie continues to present on the project work and processes of Reggio inspired work, she has presented on Maui, Kaua’i, and O’ahu at the HAEYC and the Schools of the Future Conferences. In 2011 Leslie had the opportunity to go back to Italy and participate in the professional development initiative “International Encounters with the Culture of Atelier” in Ligonchio, Italy. In 2012 Leslie co-authored the book with Sydney Clemens, “Seeing Young Children with New Eyes”. In 2013 Leslie worked in bringing The Wonder of Learning exhibit and the NAREA summer conference to Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Sumoha Min is in her 4th year of teaching at Mid Pacific Institute as part of the middle school team. She teaches a course for 6th grade titled "Project Inquiry". It focuses on guiding students to develop as thinkers, knowers, and builders. She's grateful for the non-profit organization Teach for America for launching her into the field of education. She earned her B.A. from New York University and her M.EdT from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa She lives with her husband in Honolulu and loves to dance, do yoga, and cook authentic Indian food.
Jennifer Matsumoto's teaching career spans 22 years - Kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade. She has been teaching Kindergarten at Mid-Pacific for 10 years. She has a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from the UH-Mānoa in the Master of Education in Teaching program (MET). Over the past several years, as we seek to provide the best Early Childhood Education program for our students, our Kindergarten team has been looking closely at our program, specifically at Inquiry. We have been looking to our Reggio-Inspired preschool as a model for our new teaching and learning practices. She is learning to be a keen observer and listener of young children — they constantly surprise her by what they think and know!
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