Faculty & Staff


Administrative Staff

Faculty Members - Early Childhood

Faculty Members - Elementary School

Faculty Members - Middle School

Special Subject Teachers - Kealahou Campus

High School Faculty and Staff - Kaluanui Campus


Administrative Staff

Matthew Clement - INTERIM BUSINESS OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

It is with great pleasure that we announce Matthew Clement as our Interim Director of Business Operations. In this role, Matthew will report to the Board of Directors, overseeing the operational responsibilities of the school with the support of Faculty, Staff, and Committees of the Board.
Matthew holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has worked at HWS since 2006. He helped to start the high school program in 2012 and was most recently acting as the High School Program Director and teaching at the high school level before taking on this interim role.

 

Carrie Fidance - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Carrie holds a B.A. in Marketing and Communications as well as a M.A. in Psychology from the University of Montana. She lives on Maui with her 3 children, Amala, Milo, and Nadira, who are all HWS students.

 

Hileka Lyons - ENROLLMENT COORDINATOR

Hileka Kaleionālani Lyons lives and is from Hōnua'ula, Maui, Hawai'i. She has a background in insurance, finance and event coordination. Her roots to the Kealahou Campus go back to her Tūtū when she attended the original Kealahou School as a little girl many years ago. She continues to further her mana'o on Waldorf Education so she can better empower and serve our community. E ho`oulu i ka na`auao ~ To grow in wisdom.

Sarah Brosius - BOOKKEEPER

Originally from Canada, Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from Western University, Ontario. She is passionate about dance and music and has worked in the fashion and design industry. Having also worked as an office manager at a variety of companies and organizations here on Maui, Sarah is excited to join the HWS 'ohana. In her free time, she enjoys ballet, jamming out to classic rock, and exploring nature with her husband and their daughter.

Ashley Rivers - ACCOUNTANT

Ashley grew up in Northern California and moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley. She studied diverse coursework including computer science, neuroscience, pre-med, and developmental psychology. She graduated with a BA in Cognitive Science and stayed in the Bay Area until moving to Maui in early 2015. Since moving to Maui she has worked in accounting, human resources, and business management. Ashley loves to travel, relax at the beach, make crafts, and to play games with friends.

Ashley has always been drawn to the Waldorf model of education and although she was unable to attend herself, she knew she wanted her daughter to attend Haleakala Waldorf School from the beginning. She lives with her husband, daughter, sister, and puppy in Kihei.

Jennifer Hamayelian, RDH - REGISTRAR PS-8 / HEALTH ROOM ATTENDANT

Jenn holds an Associate of Applied Science, Kennedy-King College, IL. She has completed the Lifeways Training and furthers her understanding of Waldorf education with AWE classes. Her son Cyrus is in the fourth grade & has been attending HWS in the Pulama class & I’iwi class since age one.

Nohea Stephens - MAINTENANCE, FACILITIES, & EVENTS COORDINATOR

Nohea Stephens lives in Kanaio, Maui and was raised in Pā'ia, on Maui's beautiful North Shore. She has a background in Childcare, Maintenance and Facilities, and Event Coordination. In addition, Nohea is also CNA trained. Her connection to our Kealahou Campus comes from her connection to Kumu Leihua Kalawai`a. In her free time, Nohea enjoys spending quality time with 'ohana and friends. ~ E kuahui like i ka hana... Let everyone pitch in and work together. ~Mary Kawena Puku'i

Dave Luborsky - FACILITIES

Dave has worked at several biodynamic and organic farms in Europe and North America, as well as working for small natural food companies, baking bread, and selling produce at the market. He has experience working in a Waldorf kindergarten and has also worked with children and adults with special needs. Here in Hawai'i, he does landscaping, property caretaking, and gardening.

Scott Sniffen - ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Scott has been a coach with the HWS’ sports program for 10 years. 

Scott has as a passion for coaching his students and will continue to coach the girls’ varsity volleyball program at our High School.

His daughters, Mia and Mileina, graduated from HWHS in 2018 and 2021.

Mapu Quitazol - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSITANT

Mapu was born and raised on Hawai`i Island and moved to Maui in the late 90's. She comes to HWS with experience in administration, operations, logistics, programming and event management.  Mapu enjoys going on adventures from mauka to makai with her husband, two daughters and fur baby. She is excited and blessed to be a part of the HWS 'ohana.  


Faculty Members - Early Childhood

Andrea Futch - I'IWI LEAD TEACHER

Andrea has resided on Maui for 32 years. Andrea has been a part of the HWS community since 1999, first as a parent and then as a beloved assistant in the preschool classrooms. Andrea’s training includes Adult Waldorf Education classes, certification in Early Childhood Studies at UH of Maui, complementing her bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Central Florida. In addition, Andrea also completed a year-long Lifeways program and served as Lead After Care teacher for 2 years at MOMI for 3-6 year olds. Andrea enjoys long walks with her husband Dave, and their two miniature rat terriers, Mama, and Sunny. Andrea’s daughter Sabrina attended HWS from preschool to 8th grade.

 

Maggie Alves - I'IWI ASSISTANTASSISTANT TEACHER

Maggie has resided on Maui since 2007. Maggie’s son, Cole attended both Honolulu and Haleakalā Waldorf schools. Maggie has worked in several areas of HWS, assisting in the Nēnē Kindergarten, Pūlama Bridge Preschool, and substitute teaching in the HWS Early Childhood classes. Maggie’s training includes AWE classes and ECD Training at The Micha-el Institute in Portland, OR. Maggie enjoys yoga, hiking, travel, flowers and photography. Maggie and husband Nick grow proteas on their Kula property and are beekeepers. 

Leslie Leclerc - 'APAPANE PRESCHOOL LEAD TEACHER

Leslie was born and grew up in Puerto Rico, and has been in Hawai’i since 1992. She holds a B.A. in Science from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Early Childhood Certification from the University of Hawaii. She completed her Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Training in 2019. Leslie’s two sons Justin and Connor both graduated from HWS. 

Grace Woods - 'APAPANE PRESCHOOL ASSISTANT TEACHER

Grace holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Hawaii and a minor in Early Childhood Education. She has been an Infant - toddler educator for Montessori schools for fifteen years. Much of her family lives in Kula, including her grandson who is a student at Haleakalā Waldorf School. Grace enjoys reading, volunteering for various causes, music, travel adventure, and learning about other cultures.

Julie Ybarra - NENE KINDERGARTEN LEAD TEACHER

Julie Ybarra has been a Waldorf Educator since the late 90’s. Since her first position at HWS in 1999, she has taught Parent/Child classes, preschool, and kindergarten in all four EC classrooms. Since her initial Waldorf Training from 1997-99 at Kula Makua in Honolulu, she has also completed specialized training in Outdoor Education at Rudolf Steiner College as well as a three-year course in assessment and therapeutic education with Nurturing the Roots in Denver, Colorado. Julie holds a BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Julie lives with her 13-year-old daughter, Ruby, surrounded by the serenity of upcountry Maui and a small menagerie.

Hannah Jackson - NENE KINDERGARTEN ASSISTANT TEACHER

Hannah has been in education since 1997. She holds a B.S. in Special Education, MEd. in Elementary Education with Waldorf teacher certification, Waldorf remedial certification and is trained in both movement and listening therapies.  Hannah has taught as a class teacher and a remedial teacher in Waldorf Schools for 17 years.  She is returning from having lived in Bali this past year with her two boys, working at the world-renowned Green School as their student support teacher.  In her spare time, Hannah loves to travel, go on outdoor adventures, play in the water, and paddle Hawaiian outrigger canoe.  

 

Perlita Sniffen - NENE KINDERGARTEN ASSISTANT TEACHER

Kimmerlee Bolstad - PUEO KINDERGARTEN LEAD TEACHER

Kimmerlee has been an early childhood educator for over 30 years, with 15 of those years being at Waldorf schools, both public and private. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a certificate in Anthroposophical Foundation Studies from the Center for Anthroposophy. She completed her Waldorf early childhood teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College in 2007. Kimmerlee comes to us from Mountain Oak School, a Waldorf inspired charter school in Prescott, Arizona. She is a certified yoga teacher and loves hiking, biking, live music, reading, and knitting.

Brittany Buffington - PUEO KINDERGARTEN ASSISTANT TEACHER

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Salisbury University then went on to teach in New Zealand and Fiji. I completed a certificate in Waldorf Education from Taruna College. Working with the special needs population in schools inspired me to go on to focus on the special needs course track to gain my Master’s Degree from McDaniel College. Upon completing my graduate degree, I moved to Maui and am thrilled to be joining HWS. I have loved my time in the pacific and continue to find great inspiration from the people and nature of this area of the world. I enjoy hiking, running, camping, reading, travelling, and swimming.


Faculty Members - Elementary School

Isaac Roosa - GRADE 1 TEACHER

Isaac Roosa is a Waldorf alumnus from Rhode Island. After 12 years of wonderful education, he attended Wheaton College, where he graduated with a degree in German Studies and General Education. Feeling the itch of the travel bug, he spent three years teaching English as a Foreign Language in the Czech Republic, where he met his wife, Olena. They moved from Prague to Shanghai, China in order to broaden their cultural horizons, and after two years returned to the United States. Isaac brings to Haleakalaka 8 years teaching experience, the most recent 3 of which have been in Waldorf schools.

Isaac’s wife Olena spent several months on the Big Island and they have always aspired to live in Hawaii. They are excited to join the Maui community! They enjoy spending time outside, whether alone or with their loving dog Smiley. You might find them out foraging for wild foods, relaxing on the beach, or hiking in the countryside.

Rainie Sunshine - GRADE 2 TEACHER

Rainie received her BA from Fairhaven College, Western Washington University. She completed her Waldorf Teacher Training from West Coast Institute, in British Columbia, Canada. Rainie has been employed at HWS from 2012 – present, and in her spare time, she loves to garden, prepare healthy, delicious food and spend time in nature.

 

Ingrid Almquist - GRADE 3 TEACHER

Ingrid did her Waldorf Teacher Training at the London Waldorf Teaching Training Seminar. She holds an MA in Renaissance Drama from Kings College in London, a B.A. in Theater Arts/Mythology and Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Certificate in Directing from the East 15 Drama School in London. Ingrid comes to us from the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New York where she has taken a class from the 1st through the 8th grade. Her daughter Mirabai is in the Eighth Grade.

Katie Fransen - GRADE 4 TEACHER

Katie grew up in Prescott, Arizona, and discovered Waldorf Education when she serendipitously visited a Waldorf inspired charter school to complete some observation requirements for her teaching degree in college. She went on to student teach with a veteran Waldorf teacher in a public charter school in Prescott in 2000 and was hired to take the first grade the following year. Katie completed her Waldorf training and has been teaching Waldorf Education for 16 years. She taught for 7 years in Arizona and moved to Kona in 2008 to help found a Waldorf inspired charter school there, which she taught at for 8 years. Katie loves paddleboarding, rollerblading, and yoga.

Linda Jenkins - GRADE 5 TEACHER

Linda has been a Waldorf educator for 30 years, with 25 of those years at our dear Haleakalā Waldorf School! In fact, Linda was one of the first pioneering teachers at our school, teaching alongside such notables as Mary Christopher, the founder of our school. She has graduated three eighth grades from HWS; her last eighth-grade graduation was in 2015. In addition, she has taught at the Austin Waldorf School and the Marin Waldorf School. Linda received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Texas in Austin. She graduated from Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California, receiving her second teaching certificate in Waldorf Education. She received her third teaching certificate in 2015 by becoming certified by the Hawai'i Department of Education. Linda is married and her son and daughter-in-law live in Florida.


Faculty Members - Middle School

Jemma Della Croce - GRADE 6 TEACHER

Mrs. Della Croce led a class from first through eighth grade here at HWS (graduating class of 2010), taught first grade at the Honolulu Waldorf School, and worked as the HWS educational support teacher. Jemma holds a degree in Theatre Arts and infuses her teaching with enthusiasm and a love of learning. She obtained her Waldorf teaching certificate through the Kula Makua program at the Honolulu Waldorf School in 2002. Jemma and her husband Peter, a musician and Waldorf teacher, are the proud parents of son, Brendan who is an HWS student (class of 2031).

Zachary Schweitzer - GRADE 7 TEACHER

Zach grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations. After college, he moved to Southeast Asia for five years, working for the United Nations in Cambodia, Princeton in Asia in Laos and Myanmar, and finally at Kasetsart University and NIST International School in Thailand, teaching everywhere from classrooms to rice paddies. He moved to Maui in 2020 and taught a Waldorf-inspired curriculum to a mixed-age Middle School class, and now is excited to join the Haleakala Waldorf community. In his free time, he's learning as much as he can about Hawai'i by taking lessons in wa'a paddling, lauhala weaving, and 'ōlelo Hawai'i.

Ryan Anderson - GRADE 8 TEACHER

Ryan attended Mary Washington College and received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. He was integral in the development of a community garden space and freshwater ecology in the greater college community. Ryan then traveled to Oakland, California where he received a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Naropa University. For his Master's Thesis, Ryan educated Waldorf Students and public students from West Oakland in drumming and rhythm work, attempting to bridge the cultural gap through a final performance. Ryan has been a teacher at HWS since 2004 serving as a class teacher, math and science specialist, and music specialty teacher. He enjoys cultural music, ecology in action, and beekeeping.


Special Subject Teachers 1-8 - Kealahou Campus

Maka'ala Palmore - HAWAIIANA TEACHER, MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL ART SPECIALIST,  FACULTY CHAIR

Maka'ala, (known as “Anake” by the children, which simply means “Aunty”) has been trained in the arts of hula by kumu hula Gordean Leilehua Bailey, of the Aunty Ma’iki Aiu Lake lineage for the past 25 years, and graduated through a traditional ‘uniki process and ceremony as a kumu hula in 2011.
Maka'ala studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago, Santa Monica Institute for Art and Design, and with master painters in Hawai’i. She has had her paintings exhibited in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, and her work hangs in many private homes and public venues in Hawaii and internationally. She has studied Waldorf painting techniques with Iris Sullivan, Art Therapist, and Art Teacher trainer, as well as lazure painting with Gunther Weiss.

 

August Reed - HANDWORK TEACHER GRADES 1-5

August was born and raised in San Francisco, CA before moving to Maui in 2020. She holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA and a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education. She has worked as an arts educator in schools and museums such as the Fowler and Getty Museums in Los Angeles. She focuses on repurposing materials and encouraging social emotional healing through the arts and handwork crafts. She loves longboard surfing, gardening and working on her small crochet business in her spare time.

Leihua Kalawai’a - KUMU UKULELE &  KŪPONO DEI STUDENT COORDINATOR

Leihua’s love and talent for the ukulele came from her dad and she started playing at the age of 10. She was among the first students to attend the Institute of Hawaiian Music at the University of Hawaii Maui College. She loves working with her students and strives to teach them not only chords but also life lessons.

Peter Koeneman - GARDENING AND PERCUSSION TEACHER

Peter is originally from Traverse City, Michigan. He attended school in Central Oregon and is now furthering his education at University of Hawaii. He is an avid gardener, loves to surf, hike, and spend time with his family. His wife, Melissa, and son, William, are also at HWS.

  Koko Wolbe - JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE - GRADES 1-5
Emilia Rockwell - SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE - GRADES 1-5

Consuelo Robles Uribe - SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE - GRADES 6-8

My name is Consuelo Robles and I am from Colombia. I have a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education. I worked for 27 years at Marymount School in Barranquilla, Colombia, in a variety of roles including Physical Education Teacher of Elementary through High School, Physical Education Department Head, Supervisor of the Marymount Athletic Cultural Club, and Volleyball Coach. I also worked as a Kids Spanish Tutor in San Francisco before moving to Maui, where I am currently a Spanish Tutor for adults.

I like working outdoors, being creative when teaching, helping children awaken their interest for new things, while I also learning from them. I am very happy and grateful for this beautiful opportunity to work at the Waldorf School. I think that the methodology used by the school goes hand in hand with creativity and discovery, generating a different and fun way of learning. I carry a smile and enjoy simple things in life, I am passionate about what I do, a lover of nature, the ocean, dancing, cooking, playing volleyball and spending time with my family. I am a mother of three beautiful children and a happy grandmother!

I thank life for letting me enjoy and live my passion, teaching.

Tim Harrington - PRACTICAL ARTS TEACHER - GRADES 6-12

Dr. Tim Harrington joins HWS after recently retiring from numerous roles in public and private post-secondary teaching and leadership to launch a wood working partnership studio in Wailuku. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts Education, a Master of Arts in Education with a focus on special needs learners, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership. Prior teaching experience includes woodworking, ceramics, metal working, photography, printing/graphic design, drafting, digital art, storytelling, and technology. Throughout his experiences he has incorporated the practical art of purposeful and creative aesthetic to his teachings. 

My personal passions include photography, woodworking, and mentoring. I believe education is an idea and learning is an experience - it is a process, it is life-long; and it is not a prescription. Each of us has it in us to grasp the reigns of opportunity and grow our own paths. Each of us has a responsibility to serve - ourselves, our community, our future generations. Through our learnings, we will teach others. We will grow in spirit, mind, and body. And we will create an everlasting imprint within our universe.” – a shared thought, TjH 

Joseph Palmore - MOVEMENT EDUCATION TEACHER

Joseph was previously a Waldorf Class Teacher at HWS for sixteen years, taking two classes through 1st -8th grade. He is currently completing his training in Spacial Dynamics. Joseph is a Tang Soo Do Instructor, Theatre, Drama and Improvisational Theatre Workshop Teacher. He has taught Dramatic Arts to improve Reading Test Scores through collaboration between MAPA and the DOE. Joseph holds a BA in Elementary Education.

Paul Levinson - LANGUAGE ARTS, STUDY HALL, EDUCATION SUPPORT TEACHER

Originally from South Africa, Paul holds a Business degree from the University of Capetown, an M.Ed. from UH Manoa, and has completed two years of Anthroposophical Studies at Emerson College in England. He helped start Three Rivers Waldorf School with Bonnie River and was also one of the founding teachers at Shining Mountain Waldorf School. Most recently Paul has worked at MCC in the Educational Opportunity Center directing a federal college access program for disadvantaged local residents. Paul is married to Sharon Mielbrecht and has two sons, one of whom is the Eurythmy teacher at the Austin Waldorf School. Paul’s personal interests include gardening, hiking, music, birds, bocce, reading, and CATS!

Kate Ward - STUDENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Kate graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's in Social/Cultural Anthropology.  She holds a master's in Contemplative Education from Naropa University.  At the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she studied Special Education.  After teaching at the Montessori School of Maui, Kate stepped out of the classroom to focus on parenting.  While staying home with her 3 children, she developed a passion for cinematography and started her own business creating small films for heart-centered people.  This past year, she returned to teaching, bringing together her love for the camera with her desire to support learning and growth through positive relationships and authentic connection. 

Kristin Sherwood - LEARNING SPECIALIST

Kristin earned a B.A. in Linguistics from Harvard University and a joint M.Ed in Creative Arts in Learning and Elementary Education from Lesley University. She honed her skills teaching grades 1- 6 at several urban and suburban schools, where she specialized in differentiating instruction for students with varying abilities and English language proficiencies. More recently, she completed a certificate program from the Dyslexia Training Institute in implementing the Orton-Gillingham approach to literacy instruction. She has also been trained in the Lindamood-Bell programs Seeing Stars (for decoding/ spelling) and On Cloud Nine (for math).Her tutoring style is warm and encouraging, focused on building both fundamental skills and confidence. 

Kristin has a passionate curiosity about the world. She spent over a year in Thailand and many months in Latin America immersing herself in the language and culture. Yearning to make more of a difference, she earned a second Master’s degree in International Development and Social Change. When she’s not teaching, you can find Kristin exploring hiking trails, snorkeling, gardening, learning a new skill, or playing the Celtic fiddle.

 

Lori Lewis - GRADES 1-5 EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT


High School Faculty and Staff - Kaluanui Campus

 

Karen Orth - HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE MANAGER/REGISTRAR

Karen brings her local and international schools administrative skills to Haleakala Waldorf High School. She has worked in administration for the last 15 years on Maui and in Shanghai, China. She has a BA in Biology from California State University, Fullerton. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and swimming.

Karla K Okazaki NBCC - COLLEGE COUNSELOR

Karla holds a B.A. from UCLA and an M.Ed from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has worked as a college counselor on Maui for many years. Karla is the mother of 2 young children, Kana and Kinsley. Her hobbies include surfing, stand up paddling, yoga, traveling, staying active, and spending time with family and friends.

Kieran Devanney - HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS TEACHER

Kieran holds a BS in Education from the University of Central Florida. He moved to Maui in 2012 to teach windsurfing and later started a small custom board company. He has a background in engineering, computer science, and fitness. Kieran teaches math, physics, physical education and is the basketball coach.

Kelsey Sadler - HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER

Kelsey was born and raised on Maui and earned her BA in English Literature from Santa Clara University. After many travels and time on the West Coast, Kelsey moved back home for good. She started teaching writing and literature at the Kaluanui Campus in the winter of 2013, the inaugural year of our high school. Kelsey looks to experts who share the teachings of Hawaiian culture and world events. Inspired by the knowledge that she will always have more to learn, she strives to bring those teachings to her students. Kelsey values time in the water, in the garden, and with loved ones.

Jackson Lathe - HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY AND MATHEMATICS TEACHER

Jack completed his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno. He joined HWS in 2015. Jackson’s personal interests include social justice work for LGBTQI+ community and gardening.

 

Autumn Sanders - HIGH SCHOOL HUMANITIES TEACHER

Autumn holds her Bachelor's of Science in Social Studies Teaching and Special Education from the University of Oregon. 
Raised in Portland, Oregon, Autumn attended various Waldorf schools from nursery school through grade twelve.
In her free time, Autumn loves to go on hiking adventures, practice yoga, and read all types of books.

Jason Ward - HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE TEACHER

Jason holds a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a teaching certificate for high school science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  At Portland State University, he completed a master's degree in leadership for sustainability education.  He has taught math, science, and special education in Hawaii and Oregon.  He first entered the HWS community volunteering in the garden in 2008.  Jason has three children that are students at HWS.  He enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle and is passionate about sustainability and social justice.

 

Seth Zea - HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER

Seth attended UC Berkeley and received his undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature. Seth then traveled through Europe and South America for three years teaching English along the way. His travels took him to Bristol in the United Kingdom where he received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. For part of his Master's degree, Seth lead a group of peers to create a video game to help teach computer science to children. When not in deep thought, Seth likes to read all kinds of books from cookbooks to science fiction to classics to manga. He also enjoys tinkering with leading trends in web technologies, building surfboards, and surfing the amazing waves that Maui has to offer.

 
 

Petra Bertilsson - HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY TEACHER

Petra grew up in Sweden and came to Hawai’i for college. She holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Zoology with an emphasis in marine ecology. She worked as a field researcher for many years and then taught college before finding the joy of teaching high school students at HWS. When Petra is not working or being with her family, you can find her paddling, practicing yoga or working with a variety of animal species. Petra has two teenage children that are both students at HWS.

Chad Kistler - HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER

Chad has been teaching history courses at HWHS since the 2014-2015 school year. More recently, he has been teaching Comparative Literature and Current Events. He also tutors students privately from both campuses. Chad received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from American University, with a minor in International Relations. In his spare time, Chad enjoys playing and listening to music, traveling, sampling Chinese teas in Gong Fu style, hiking, and seeking out waterfalls on Maui.

 

Ariadna Vallcorba Belsa - HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH LANGUAGE TEACHER

Ariadna is from Barcelona, Spain. She has a BA in Education Sciences (Pedagogia) from the University of Barcelona (UAB) and a BA in Audiovisual Communication from Open University of Catalunya. She enjoys traveling, hiking, Stand Up Paddle Board, and swimming. She loves gardening and cooking.

 

Marie-Laure Ditte - HIGH SCHOOL FRENCH LANGUAGE TEACHER

Marie-Laure is originally from Calais, France. She joined HWS in 2019 as the Highschool French Teacher. She holds a Master in Sciences and an MBA, as well as a Montessori  Teaching Certificate. She moved to Maui in 2008 and has spent the last 10 years teaching in various capacities and schools around the island. She enjoys surfing, gardening, baking, and spending time with her family.

 

Tyler Lewis - HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHER

Tyler received his B.S. degree from the University of Oregon, with additional studies at Berklee College of Music. He has worked at HWS for the past 3 years. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys teaching, performance & music production.

 
 

Emilia De Castro - HIGH SCHOOL ART TEACHER

Alannah Andersen - HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA TEACHER

Alannah was born and raised on Maui. She received a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She began her teaching journey at Maui Academy of Performing Arts in 2013 and continues to provide dance education for the Maui community and beyond. Her choreographic works have received awards in dance competitions. Alannah’s most loved role in life is being a wife to her high school sweetheart and mother to their three-year-old son.

Jordi Marques-Falk - HIGH SCHOOL CERAMICS TEACHER

When Jordi was twelve years old, he enrolled in a weekly ceramics class for teens that he regularly attended up until his graduation from high school. He continued taking pottery classes in college, ultimately graduating with a BA in philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in May of 2015. 

In June of that year, Jordi moved to Maui and got started making pottery at the Hui No’eau. He sold functional ceramic art at markets and events all over Maui until April 2020 when he decided to move his pottery sales primarily online. He began teaching beginning wheel throwing at the Hui and regularly fires the high fire gas kilns there.