Head of School
Tim Spurrier joined Holy Nativity School as the Head of School in 2011. His diverse background in education, communication, and business, as well as life experiences, led him to the leadership role at HNS. Since 1998, Tim has been acknowledged for his innovative contributions to Personalized Learning. He is the founder of the Waimea Country School on the Big Island, which was recently ranked as the 15th Best Private Elementary School in the United States. Tim earned a BS and a MA in communication from Towson University. He went on to earn his ECE certification from Stevenson University and his ELED certification from Morgan State University. Tim was awarded a MA in educational leadership from Central Michigan University and is currently working on a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of New England.
At HNS, your child is known and loved. We are blessed with wonderful families and dedicated teachers who work together to make each day special.
Principal/6th Grade Teacher
Jyo Bridgewater is the Principal of Holy Nativity School and the lead teacher in the 6th grade classroom. A graduate of Yale and NYU School of Law, she has been involved in child advocacy and education in a number of roles and settings. Her teaching career spans inner city public schools on the East Coast and independent schools in Hawaii, most recently serving as the K-8 principal at Assets School, advancing their mission to serve gifted, dyslexic and twice exceptional students. Jyo’s work with the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools includes chairing accreditation and licensing visits for other schools in Hawai’i. She was part of the legislative taskforce that published the first comprehensive plan for teaching reading in the state and has been a workshop and conference presenter on topics including literacy and social emotional skills.
Director of Admission & Marketing
Kelly has had a distinguished career as an educator and administrator at Holy Nativity 2001. She has served as the Director of Admission & Marketing and previously as the Assistant Head of School. She is the former chair of the HAIS Admissions Director’s committee and is a highly respected authority on enrollment management in Hawai’i. Born and raised in Honolulu, Kelly graduated from `Iolani and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Arizona State University and then her master’s degree in education administration from the University of Hawai`i-Manoa.
Ryan M. Tanaka
Chief Financial Officer
Ryan M. Tanaka has been at Holy Nativity School since 2011. Ryan graduated from Punahou School in 1998, earned his Corporate Finance degree at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and completed his MBA at Chaminade University. Ryan also owns a financial consulting company, Island Business Management, LLC, that he opened in 2007 and has since participated in numerous real estate and business transactions valued in the tens of millions along with the management of asset portfolios valued in the hundreds of millions.
Holy Nativity School offers a rigorous, well-rounded, and value-based education led by dedicated staff and faculty who prepare students to matriculate into schools of their choice while also developing students to be work and life ready so they may become future leaders and give back to our local community.
Chief Technology Officer
Craig Spurrier has been at Holy Nativity School since 2011. He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of South Carolina Aiken, a MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of South Carolina, a MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Ontario. He has worked in IT for over 10 years and prior to coming to HNS was a senior software engineer at the University of South Carolina.
Director of Student Services
Ms. Amy Cummings joined Holy Nativity School in 2013 where she taught an extended day class and substituted in all grade levels. Her role grew when she became the Assistant Teacher in the Kindergarten. This is now Amy’s second year as Director of Student Services. She loves her position, as it blends her passion for working with children with her experience and education in business.
Amy came to Hawaii in 2008 to attend Hawaii Pacific University. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, while also being on the university’s nationally renowned dance team. She later became the Assistant Coach of the dance team and earned her Masters in Business Administration.
Travel is very important to me. I was able to go to Arizona with our sixth graders. It was an incredible opportunity to expose students to different cultures and places.
Coral has many years of professional experience in Accounting, Bookkeeping, Payroll, Office Management & Human Resources in both the for-profit and non-profit sector. Born and raised on O’ahu, she relocated to Washington State for 5 years before returning to Hawai’i. Coral worked for the Kitsap Humane Society during her years in Washington where she was an HR Manager/Accountant. She also volunteered many hours at the shelter and assisted with fundraising projects. During her spare time she enjoys hula, zumba and hiking.
The Rev’d Luis Rodriguez has been serving as Interim Rector at Holy Nativity since February 2017. While originally from Cuba, he grew up in Southern California and lived in England, where he was ordained, for many years. He has served in parishes in Central London, the Central Valley of California, and New Hampshire.
Fr. Luis has a broad educational background: He earned his BA (majoring in History and Religious Studies) at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and then went on to receive an MA in History from California State University at Los Angeles. While training for ministry he completed a Masters in Applied Theology (MTh) at Oxford University, and later gained a MA in Counseling and Psychotherapy. Before his ordination, he worked as a teacher for many years both in the United States and in Britain. Fr. Luis is a native Spanish speaker and enjoys reading, travel, classic cinema, and early 20th century American history.
Melia Cox was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, then moved back to Tennessee to work with her father. She has lived in Hawai’i for the past five years, graduating from Hawaii Pacific University with a Master’s degree in 2016. She is now seeking ordination through the Episcopal Church in hopes of becoming an Army chaplain. I am looking forward to joining Holy Nativity as your chaplain and for the adventures awaiting us this new school year.
I am looking forward to joining Holy Nativity as your chaplain and for the adventures awaiting us this new school year.
Director of Special Events & Religion Teacher
Kimberly Hoi first began teaching at HNS in 2005 and has been the lead teacher in 3rd grade since 2009. In the 2017-2018 school year, she began her new role as the Religion Studies teacher and Director of Special Events. In addition to being a teacher, she has been actively involved in the school with various roles such as: the Summer Program Director since 2011, Third & Fourth Grade Mandarin teacher from 2013-2017, Science Fair Coordinator, and Cheerleading Coach. Kimberly started the cheerleading team in 2016, when they cheered on the Hawks during their games.
After graduating from ‘Iolani School, she furthered her education at Seattle University, earning a B.A. in Liberal Studies focusing on Elementary Education with minors in Psychology and Chinese. Upon graduation, she moved back home and continued her education by receiving a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Chaminade University in May 2009. Most recently, she has received her yoga teacher certification from Yoga Ed.
I am very blessed to be part of a team of such a dedicated faculty and staff. Teaching is truly an honor and I try to make every moment in the classroom a teachable moment. I aim to inspire my students to be the best people they can be!
I am very blessed to be part of a team of such a dedicated faculty and staff. Teaching is truly an honor and tries to make every moment in the classroom a teachable moment. I aim to inspire her students to be the best person they can be!