We are so excited to welcome our newest faculty members to the Upper School and Lower School. These teachers join a team with tremendous positive momentum and a future filled with unlimited possibilities.
Ms. Jessica Combs (Priory Grade 2) earned her BA in Liberal Arts with an Emphasis in Elementary Education, and her MA in Childhood and Adolescent Literacy from Loyola Marymount University. Her 21 years of teaching experience includes teaching at Holy Nativity School in Honolulu, and most recently at Keystone School in San Antonio, TX.
Ms. Mikayla Lum (Priory Grade 4) earned her BA in Elementary Education from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, and is currently working on her Masters Degree in Education from Arizona State University. Ms. Lum taught at Blanche Pope Elementary School for the past 2 years and previously at Kyrene de las Manitas Elementary in Tempe.
Ms. Nohealeimamo Vaughan-Darval(Prep K-6 P.E. and Lower School Teacher’s Aide) is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa with a BA in Hawaiian Studies. She is pursuing her Masters degree in Elementary Education.
Ms. Elizabeth Ortiz (Upper School Spanish and Grade 5 Spanish)holds a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and education from Davidson College, including studies of adolescent development, and a Master's degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture from St. Louis University in Madrid, Spain. She has been teaching Spanish for more than 12 years. She continues her professional growth in the topics of equity and inclusion as well as with innovative world language methods such as Organic World Language, Project-Based Learning and online instruction methods.
Mr. William Rauckhorst (Upper School Mathematics)has taught a wide variety of mathematics over the past ten years at private high schools in Honolulu, ranging from Algebra I to AP Calculus. Mr. Rauckhorst has a background in Mechanical Engineering, which includes several years of industry experience, and holds a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Dr. Dmitri Kotchetkov (Upper School Science and Grade 8 Math)has many years of experience as an upper level high school science and mathematics teacher, most recently at Damien Memorial High School. Dr. Kotchetkov holds a Ph.D. in Physics. Prior to becoming a high school teacher, Dr. Kotchetkov worked as a physicist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and at Ohio University.
Mr. Jeffrey Hamano (Orchestra Grades 5-12 and Chamber Strings)holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa where he studied cello. He taught the Strings Orchestra program at Moanalua Elementary for 12 years and holds a private practice with cello lessons at Craig Young School of Music and Punahou School. He is an instructor with the Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Maui Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony and with various artists in concerts here in Hawaii, as well as on the mainland. Mr. Hamano currently performs as a member of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Lyn Ackerman (Upper School Theatre) holds a Ph.D. in Learning Design & Technology, and Master’s degrees in Theatre and in Language Arts, Curriculum & Instruction. Dr. Ackerman brings many years of experience in the field of education and has directed theatre at Mānoa Valley Theatre and Honolulu Theatre for Youth