Leadership and Purpose

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Please join the COEAA and assist us in supporting the College of Education and teachers who are new to the teaching profession.  We are working together to make a difference and would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact board members with your questions and interests.


Kathy Kawaguchi

Kathy graduated from Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, received her B.S. degree in Biology from Indiana University and M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Hawaii. She served for the last 5.5 years of her over 30 years in the Department of Education as State Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support.  During her multi-faceted career, she also worked at Hawaiian Electric as an analyst/planner, and as the Project Coordinator for the design and development of Mililani Mauka, Mililani Middle, Kapolei Middle and Kapolei High schools.  Currently, she is the Director of both the Educational Leadership Program and the Office of Naval Research projects at Chaminade University of Honolulu.



Kathleen Nishimura

Graduate of Kaimuki High School and the University of Hawaii Manoa (BEd and MEd in Elementary Education), Kathleen Nishimura received Hawaii State Department of Education certificates to teach K-12 (Secondary Math) and serve as School Administrator for the State of Hawaii. She taught at the University Laboratory School, Kaimuki and Castle High Schools, and the Windward School for Adults. She served as the Hawaii State Mathematics Specialist, Administrator and Director of Curriculum, and Vice Principal for Kaiser High and Wheeler Elementary Schools for 30 years before her retirement in 2010. Her Professional teaching experience was complemented by her service as President and Vice President of the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics, IOTA Chapter Treasurer of Delta Gappa Gamma, ex-officio member of the Hawaii Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board.

 Membership Chair

Mai Hall

Aloha kakou! I am a proud graduate of UH Manoa’s College of Education Elementary and Early Childhood Program and its Masters in Education Curriculum Studies Program. I have worked as a preschool teacher for over 5 years, and as a DOE substitute and resource teacher for 2 years. I was born and raised in Hawai`i and currently reside in Kaimuki with my husband and two children ages 9 years and 5 months. I have been serving on the COEAA Board since 2009.


Board Member

Dr. Aida Ramiscal Martin

Dr. Aida Ramiscal Martin received her Ed.D degree, Curriculum and Instruction at UH. She was honored as "Teacher of the Year in Adult Education" in 1987 and has received two prestigious Filipino American Awards: Twenty Outstanding Filipinos Abroad (TOFA) and was inducted into the Chicago Filipino American Hall of Fame. She served as a director for the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) and was a delegate for teh National Education Assembly (NEA) for over ten years. 


Board Member

Dr. Saranchock

Dr. Saranchock taught high school for 13 years and served as a resource teacher, school principal and complex are superintendent for 17.  She retired in 2004 as complex area superintendent for Kea'au, Pahoa and Ka'u complex.  She has spent her whole adult life working in education. Dr. Saranchock holds two masters degrees in Secondary Education and Educational Administration from the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus.  She received her doctoral degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in Educational Leadership.


Board Member

Karen Yangida

Born in Olaa, raised in Kalihi, Karen Yangida is a graduate of Farrington High School and the University of Hawaii Manoa (BEd in Elementary Education and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction). Karen’s teaching experiences include schools in Kauai, Windward and Central Districts. While a teacher at Makalapa Elementary School (Central District), she received the PAESMT for mathematics instruction. After 41 years as a classroom and a resource teacher, she retired from Mililani ‘Ike Elementary School in 2010. Karen has been a board member of UHM COEAA since 2010.


Carol M. Pang

Carol M. Pang (Nitahara) received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 1976, and is presently an Assessment Consultant and Investigator for the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges. She served as Director of Career and Technical Education for the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges, Dean of Instruction for Windward Community College in Kāneohe, Hawaiʻi, and Director of Human Resources for the Community Colleges. She has taught mathematics at the high school and college level and served in a variety of community and service organizations.



Gayle Lum

Upon graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (BEd in Secondary Math and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction), Gayle Lum pursued her dream of becoming a mathematics teacher. She taught math at her alma mater Leilehua High School and also night classes at Kapiolani Community College. Following a two-year stay in Chicago, she returned to the islands and taught math at another alma mater, Wahiawa Intermediate School. She then became a math resource teacher for Central District and retired as Wahiawa Middle School’s registrar in 2010. Gayle became a board member of UHM COEAA in 2013.


Board Member

Mona Tokujo

Mona Tokujo graduated from U.H. Manoa with a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree.  Soon after, she worked in the banking industry for 10 years then began her teaching career in grades 5 & 6.  She helped open Mililani Middle, in 1998, the first multi-track middle school, teaching grade 6, Language Arts and Social Studies.  While teaching at the middle school, she received her Masters of Education in Middle Level Curriculum Studies from U.H. Manoa.  She was also the Language Arts Department chairperson for grades 6-8 for the first 5 years, and took on many other leadership roles, until her retirement.   She has been involved with her international, honorary teaching sorority, Hawaii Theta Chapter Alpha Delta Kappa, since 1994; currently continues her connection in education as an Adjunct Supervisor with Chaminade University and supports the UH COEAA Board.


Board Member

Dr. Roberta Mayor

Dr. Roberta Mayor has been an educator for 41 years, 24 years with the Hawai‘i DOE and 17 years in California.  Roberta returned to Hawaii after 17 years of successful work experiences in California, ending her career as the Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, where she assisted the district to emerge from state receivership and bankruptcy to regain local control under its elected school board.  Roberta continues to be active as a professional consultant in education since her retirement in 2009 as the owner and CEO of Phillips Mayor LLC.