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 35 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 30 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! .
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 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.
Lyssa Zawalski is a 10th grade Humanities teacher in the project based learning program, MPX, at Mid Pacific Institute. She previously taught at High Tech High International in San Diego, CA and at Perspectives Charter School in Chicago, IL. Lyssa is a teacher passionate about student-driven, project based instruction with a huge emphasis on teaching social justice and history from all perspectives.
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!
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 9th grade humanities, which is both interdisciplinary and project based. She has presented at Schools of the Future conferences, the KS Kūkulu Kaiaulu Conference, and is 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.
Jordan Guillory received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at San Francisco Art Institute. She began her work with children at the San Francisco Arts Education Project where she facilitated learning in multimedia, film, and photography; the students’ work around identity was shown at the De Young Museum. Jordan also founded a public art group that displayed art work on billboards around the San Francisco area, the Diego Rivera Gallery, as well as mural work displayed in front of Southern Exposure, a contemporary gallery in San Francisco. Since moving to Hawaii, Jordan has been with Mid-Pacific Institute’s Reggio-inspired preschool since its inception thirteen years ago. In her role as Atelierista, she facilitates the work in the preschool and kindergarten atelier which focuses on the Hundred Languages of Children through media. Jordan has presented for several years and has co-presented with Pedagogista Leslie Gleim on projects and processes in her role as Atelierista on Maui, Kaua’i, and O’ahu at HAEYC, and Schools of the Future conferences. She has also presented in the Bay Area for the innovative teachers’ project and most recently for Douglas College and the Reggio Consortium in Vancouver, Canada. In 2011, Jordan participated in the professional development initiative “International Encounters with the Culture of Atelier” in Lingoncio, Italy. In 2014, Mid-Pacific had the honor of hosting the Wonder of Learning Exhibit and the NAREA summer conference. Jordan helped to conceive the work of the outdoor ateliers, concepts, and materials for the 2014 NAREA Summer Conference and then facilitated the atelieristas and one of the ateliers during the conference. Jordan and Leslie’s reflections were published in the 2014 Summer Innovations Magazine. Jordan was interviewed with Leslie Gleim and Lella Gandini by Hawaii public radio during a visit from Lella Gandini. Jordan also was interviewed on Hawaii public television Olelo on her Reggio-inspired work here in Hawaii. After the Exhibit, Jordan and her colleagues continue to offer a series of professional development workshops to teachers in the state of Hawaii. In 2016, Jordan and her colleagues published their first book Where Our Ideas Fly --Kahi e lele ai na mana’o. Jordan has worked with children in the arts for 17 years, with a specialty in multimedia, photography, and visual arts.
Erin Carnes The University of Iowa, M.A., M.F.A., Photography and Graphic Design Northern Michigan University, B.F.A., Photography
Erin has been practicing and navigating life as an artist formally since 2002. She is an educator, photographer, athlete, traveler, creative and always looking for a new adventure. While pursuing a master’s in Photography and Graphic Design at the University of Iowa, she taught undergraduate courses in digital photography and digital imaging. Erin worked as a production assistant, designer, and photographer for Telluride Style magazine and was a whitewater rafting photographer in Ridgway, Colorado. In January 2010, she traveled to Africa with the Global Volunteer Network, where she climbed Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro and volunteered at local orphanages in Kenya. Erin has taught photography and art at Mount Mercy University and Kirkwood Community College. Erin has been the full time photography and digital art instructor at Mid-Pacific School of the Arts for the past four years. Erin was the featured and cover artist of the Iowa Review fall 2012 issue. Erin has led National Geographic Student Expeditions programs in Tanzania (2010), Monterey Bay (2010), Tuscany (2011), Italy and Greece (2012), London (2013 & 2014), and Iceland (2015), Alaska (2016), Belize(2016).
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.