Our Mission

Who We Are

Rooted in the Episcopal tradition, Holy Nativity School is dedicated to excellence in education within a small and personalized environment.  Built upon principles of respect and inclusion, Holy Nativity School values each child’s individuality as it develops principled citizens who recognize their role in the local and global community.

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Personalized Learning

Individualized Attention Helping Your Child Achieve Their Best

Holy Nativity School has a rich history of providing a personalized approach to learning in a small, intimate, setting for students starting school as 3 year olds and continuing on through the 8th grade. Small classes, nurturing teachers, challenging curriculum, and integrated technology create the foundation that has continually encouraged outstanding achievements as HNS students display the inherent pleasure of lifelong learning.

In the Episcopal tradition, we are called to create an open and supportive academic community of faith for all. Children grow, develop, and learn at different rates and stages. The growth and development of each child involves many dimensions: heart, mind, body, and soul. Our talented and committed teachers provide individualized attention to help each student achieve his or her academic and personal best. Our teachers enjoy the independence to develop programs and courses that reflect their creativity, keep their classrooms fresh, and most importantly engage their students.

Our Staff

Character. Heart. Excellence.

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

Jeanne Wilks

Jeanne Wilks

Interim Head of School

Jyo Bridgewater

Jyo Bridgewater

Principal

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.

Kelly Goheen

Kelly Goheen

Director of Admission & Marketing

Kelly has had a distinguished career as an educator and administrator at Holy Nativity since 2001. She has a Master’s degree in Education Administration and has served as the Director of Admission & Marketing and previously as the Assistant Head of School.

Kim Hoi

Kim Hoi

Director of Student Services

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.

Kristen Reed

Kristen Reed

Director of Development

Kristen started working at HNS in February 2018.  She earned her BA in Communications and Theological Studies from Wheaton College and has worked in a range of educational organizations and nonprofits teaching, writing, and doing digital marketing and fundraising.

Dorothy Jorgensen

Dorothy Jorgensen

Director of Development

Dorothy has spent the last 15 years working in public health, research, and development. Much of her work focused on decreasing health disparities, increasing community engagement, developing partnerships, and creating funding opportunities.

Father Chris Bridges

Father Chris Bridges

HNC Curate

The Reverend Christopher M. Bridges has been serving at Holy Nativity since June 2018. He earned his undergraduate degree at Auburn University Montgomery. He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Webster’s University and a Master of Divinity from the University of the South, School of Theology.

Rafael Lopez

Rafael Lopez

Maintenance Manager

Mr. Rafael cares for the church and school grounds, ensuring that Holy Nativity is welcoming and safe for all. A loving dad and grandpa, Rafael’s compassion and endless smile are appreciated by the entire Holy Nativity community.

Ming Toy Wong

Ming Toy Wong

Office Coordinator

Ming Toy Wong, lovingly known as Ms. Toy to everyone at HNS cares for all students, families, and faculty as our Office Manager.  Her background in customer service and her compassion and professionalism make everyone at HNS feel appreciated and safe.

Jan Israel

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.

Dr. Kaui Chun

Dr. Kaui Chun

Visual Arts

Kumu Kaui is a contemporary Native Hawaiian artist who explores the relationships between his ancestry and the ‘āina. He completed his PhD, Curriculum Studies, College of Education in 2013 and his Master of Fine Arts in 2001 from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Corey Hubbard

Corey Hubbard

IT Support

Corey left his sleepy hometown of Hilo, after graduating high school, to join the Marine Corp. in 2010. His job while serving led him to troubleshoot, and fix, weapon computer systems on aircraft. 

Rhona Slingerland

Rhona Slingerland

Controller

Rhona Slingerland is an independent contractor and has had an accounting business since 2007. She has extensive experience with school accounting. 

Corinne Cachola Kerston

Corinne Cachola Kerston

Bookkeeper

Corinne earned her BA in English from UH Manoa and has worked in the accounting departments for other schools, banks and property managers

Cathee Kukea

Cathee Kukea

Physical Education Specialist

Cathee Kukea is completing her fourth year as the Physical Education teacher.  It is a goal for her to help each child develop their skills and help them realize that being physically active is rewarding and fun.  

Sakiko Sugihara

Sakiko Sugihara

Japanese Language & Mindfulness Specialist

Sakiko Sugihara has started her career at HNS as a counseling intern in 2016 and also started to teach Japanese for upper grades in 2018. She loves to help students succeed, both academically and interpersonally. 

Samantha Kimsey

Samantha Kimsey

Computational Thinkers Specialist

In 2013, Samantha started Computational Thinkers.  At the time, it was Hawaii’s only source for out-of-school education in the field of Computer Science, for children as young as preK. 

Traci Nobrega

Traci Nobrega

After-School Care Teacher

Traci Nobrega has been a part of the Holy Nativity community for 15 years. Her two sons attended Holy Nativity, she has also been a volunteer with several school organizations including being the President of the PTO and Paina event chair. 

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