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Faculty

OUR faculty

Character. Heart. Excellence

Our talented and committed teachers provide individualized attention to help each student achieve his or her academic and personal best.

Alan Ching

Lead Teacher - 4G

Alan Ching has taught a generation of Hawks at Holy Nativity School, teaching since 1996. He enjoys teaching 4th grade and seeing the growth in his students, who take more ownership for their education, start to ask inquisitive questions and take more responsible risks in class.  He looks forward to their annual Big Island trip each spring, and enjoys coaching Hawks Athletics.  Alan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Redlands. 

Liz Cunningham

Educational Specialist - 4G

Liz Cunningham has been part of the Holy Nativity School family for a major portion of her life. She is a graduate of HNS, and has worked as a teacher here since 1989. Liz finds it especially rewarding providing valuable “TLC” in the classroom and on the playground. Working as an Education Specialist, she finds great satisfaction tending to the smaller, but no less important, needs of the children.


 

Renee Eveland

Lead Teacher - PreK

Renee Eveland has been part of the Holy Nativity School family since 2006. Mrs. Eveland received a B.Ed in Elementary Education from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and has her certification in Early Childhood Education. She loves teaching PreK, providing a safe place where children are free to explore, take risks, make mistakes, and grow!


 

Jordan Gibson

Lead Teacher - 6G/7G/8G

Jordan Gibson serves as Lead Teacher for Middle School, and coaches Hawks Athletics. He graduated from Yale with a BA in Political Science, and from Columbia University Teachers College with an MA in Anthropology and Education. At Yale, he was on the Men’s Varsity Basketball team for four years.

Nancy Greenberg

Educational Specialist - Keiki 3s

Nancy Greenberg is an honor graduate in Family Consumer Science and over twenty years of management and administration experience. She is thrilled to bring her love of early education back to her hometown.

Petey Kaneshiro

Lead Teacher - Kindergarten

A transplant from New York in 1968, Anna Ruth Peterson Kaneshiro, known as "Petey," graduated with a BA from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Petey has taught a generation of Hawks at Holy Nativity School, serving as Lead Kindergarten teacher since 1989. She is also a proud alumni parent — her sons Daren and Dean attended HNS from preschool through sixth grade.

Eileen Keane

Lead Teacher - 5G

Eileen has a BA in Liberal Studies, and graduate studies in both Organizational Management and Secondary English Education. She has been a teacher on O‘ahu for 9 years, and has experience teaching elementary grades, middle school and high school. Eileen has also worked in community colleges and universities so she has insight which helps her to meet her students where they are and help them plot a path towards successfully reaching their long-term educational goals.

Jenna Kieburtz

Lead Teacher - 1G

Jenna Kieburtz joined the Holy Nativity School team in 2014. She was born here on Oahu, but was raised in the beautiful state of Washington. Jenna received her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Master’s in Teaching from Washington State University. Jenna taught internationally in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China. She is grateful to have the experience working with the international community abroad. Jenna first grade students learn to be kind and considerate members of their community, while also embracing the many opportunities to explore, inquire, and develop their individual passions.


 

Staci Overton-Tune

Lead Teacher - Keiki 3s

Staci Overton–Tune moved to Hawai‘i after earning degrees in early childhood education, elementary education, and an endorsement in special education from the University of Northern Iowa. Staci began teaching at HNS in 2006, returning in 2013 after a brief return to the mainland. As Lead Teacher of Fifth Grade in 2017, Staci was awarded the Hawai‘i Association of Independent School’s Teacher-of-the-Future award. Staci is thrilled to return to teaching in Keiki 3s, nurturing our youngest learners at Holy Nativity School.

Destaney Peters

Educational Specialist - Kindergarten

Destaney holds a BA from Northern Arizona University, and a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in School Counseling from Liberty University. This is her 5th year in education and 4th year as a teacher.

Dr. Kirtland Peterson

Lead Teacher - 2G

A graduate of Princeton University and Hahnemann University’s clinical psychology program, “Cat” Peterson believes in academic rigor and lots of fun. A change-of-career elementary-school teacher, Cat spent most of his professional life as a management consultant to Fortune 500 and International 1000 corporations. Arriving at Holy Nativity School in 2014, he felt immediately at home at our little school in the valley.  Dr. Cat strives to be good company for the right journey, acknowledging the journey is different at every age, and unique for each and every student.


 

Sakiko Sugihara

Educational Specialist - 5G 

Sakiko Sugihara has started her career at HNS as a counseling intern in 2016. Sakiko serves as both Education Specialist in fifth grade and teaches school-wide weekly Mindfulness to all HNS classes. She loves to help students succeed both academically and interpersonally. 

Jana Takemura

Educational Specialist - 1G

Jana Takemura joined Holy Nativity School in 2016 as an Educational Specialist. For nine years prior, Jana had taught elementary grades at various Honolulu schools.  She has a BA in Family Resources from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and a MEd from Chaminade University. Jana is a dedicated teacher who always looks to personalize education for each child.

Lehua Alo Williams

Educational Specialist - PreK

Lehua Alo Williams has been at Holy Nativity School since 1999. Born and raised in the islands, Lehua graduated from Punahou School, holds a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Chaminade University. Lehua is also a certified member of the American Montessori Society, and enjoys teaching in an environment where children are encouraged to investigate the world around them, while also feeling a sense of belonging and responsibility to their little school in the valley.


 


 

Erin Zitz

Educational Specialist - 2G

Erin Zitz has been part of the HNS community since 2010. Erin was a commercial pilot, has served as a parent volunteer, PTO officer and altar guild member. She brings a deep and varied expertise as the 2G education specialist. 

Jan Israel

Religion

After joining HNS in 2014, Jan Israel now serves as the Religious Studies teacher. She has thirty years of teaching experience, a Master’s in Learning Disabilities, and a family of happy HNS graduates and current Hawks.

Pepper Bunting

Physical Education Specialist and Athletic Director

Pepper, or “Coach Pepper” to students, has been teaching/coaching for 15 years. She’s passionate about developing a love for exercise in children. There are so many life lessons that can be learned through sports and team building!

Samantha Kimsey

Computational Thinking Specialist

In 2013, Samantha started Computational Thinkers which was Hawai‘i’s original source for out-of-school education in the field of Computer Science.  At HNS students as young as PreK learn Computer Science via the four core concepts of Problem Decomposition, Abstraction and Modeling, Pattern Recognition, and Algorithm Design.

 Jane Kim

Visual Arts Teacher

Jane Kim is passionate about teaching and has been in the education field for over 20 years.  She believes in motivating students to be lifelong learners, by making creative connections that are applicable to the world around them. Jane has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with an Elementary Education concentration and Art minor from Concordia University in Irvine, California.  She also has a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a concentration in Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. As an educator, she has worked with learners from Preschool to grade 6. She believes all children can succeed in school and is committed to helping them achieve their goals.

Dara Torres

Lead Teacher - 3G

Dara Torres was born in California but grew up in Canada. She has over 12 years of teaching experience and has taught in Canada, Chile, South Korea, and Hawai‘i.  After teaching internationally, Dara moved to Hawai‘i, where she taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade for 6 years before joining Holy Nativity School in 2017. Dara earned Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Vancouver Island University. Dara enjoys teaching in a small and nurturing environment, building upon the qualities of respect and inclusion. Students are celebrated as individuals, but are also encouraged to recognize their role in the global community. 


 

Britne Terrell

Educational Specialist - 3G

Britne was born and raised in Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood
Education as well as an Associate of Art degree in Social Work. 

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