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GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige names ESSA team members

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases

Team will develop blueprint for Hawai‘i’s education

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced the names of the newly selected members of the Governor’s Team on ESSA – Every Student Succeeds Act. The team will work to develop a blue print for Hawai‘i’s public schools that is consistent with ESSA and will maximize opportunities and possibilities for Hawai‘i to transform education.

The team was selected by Gov. Ige based on recommendations and applications, including one recommendation each from Senate President Ronald Kouchi and House Speaker Joe Souki.

“Our goal was to get a good cross-section of stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The work of the ESSA team will be an inclusive process that will involve town meetings and a summit to allow all to participate,” said Gov. Ige.

Gov. Ige appointed Darrel Galera as chairman of the ESSA team earlier this month.

Here is a complete list of members:

Philip Bossert                     Community member, Director of Strategic & International Program, HAIS

Catherine Caine                 Elementary School Teacher, Waikīkī Elementary

Kamana‘opono Crabbe    CEO – Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Darrel Galera                      Chariperson, Executive Director, Education Institute of Hawai‘i

Keith Hayashi                     Principal, Waipahu High School

Michelle Kidani                  State Senator, Chair of Senate Education Committee

Brennan Lee                        Student, State Student council

Ann Mahi                             DOE – Complex Area Superintendent Waianae/Nanakuli

Hubert Minn                       Member, Board of Education

Lauren Moriguchi              Executive Director, Office of Early Learning

Steve Nakasato                   Principal, Pearl Ridge Elementary School

Alan Oshima                       President, CEO Hawaiian Electric Co.

Catherine Payne                 Chairperson, Charter Schools Commission

Amy Perruso                       Teacher, Mililani High School

Stacey Roberts                    UH Professor, Chair of Educational Administration


Carol Shikada                      DOE – Educational Specialist (Kaua‘i)

Linda Takayama                 Workforce – Director of Labor & Industrial Relations

Stephen Terstegge             Parent/Military, Castle High School

Takashi Ohno                      State Representative

The team had its first preliminary, introductory meeting today. Meeting minutes will be regularly distributed to the Legislature, Schools Superintendent, Board of Education, Department of Education and will be posted on the governor’s website at:

The ESSA team will ultimately be responsible for assessing the current public school system and identifying areas of need.

An Education Summit will be scheduled this summer to give organizations and individuals the opportunity to discuss possibilities for a future-focused education system and solicit input on key recommendations to the state’s ESSA plan.


Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

[email protected]


Cindy McMillan

Communications Director

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0012

Mobile: 808-265-7974

[email protected]