PB-SPED Program Faculty & Staff
Instructors and Field Supervisors
Kevin Wilkins Instructor
"During my undergraduate work for elementary education, my advisor recommended that I take a special education course to fill an elective. Before the course was over, I added Special Education to my degree program!"
Shelly Huntington Assistant Professor
"My first job was working with a young child with ASD... From that experience, I was inspired to pursue Special Education & continue working with and learning from individuals with disabilities."
Robin Dazzeo Instructor
"As a graduate of the program, I can speak to my experiences. This program not only gave me the academic rigor needed to be prepared to teach and provide support as a care coordinator, but also the support needed to be open to meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students."
The MUSE Mentor program is designed to provide high quality, individualized support to unlicensed special education “emergency hire” teachers enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate in Special Education program at UH Mānoa. PB-SPED candidates who are employed as PreK-12 Special Education teachers may be allowed to complete their field experience requirements in their own classroom (“in place”). This type of placement differs from a traditional field placement, as an “in place” teacher does not have the benefit of daily modeling and support of a cooperating teacher. This support is a critical component of the practicum experiences included in the Special Education program. Therefore, candidates will be assigned a MUSE Mentor while enrolled in the PB-SPED program. Once approved to complete field experiences in their own classroom, details of the MUSE Mentor program will be provided.
Please visit our MUSE website to learn more:
Aileen Soma MUSE Mentor
"Mentoring also supports the retention of novice teachers by offering a comprehensive array of supports often needed during the most difficult years of a beginning teacher’s career"
Steve Klein MUSE Mentor
"Taking an emergency hire position is like being thrown in the water to learn how to swim, depending on what type of prior knowledge a teacher candidate takes with them into the classroom, but the experience is invaluable, in many ways."
Award Winning Educators
Meet more of our Amazing Students!
Shay Chun PBSPED Alumna
“… teaching and learning alongside the students with disabilities is my passion. I continuously enjoy the challenge of discovering and implementing new strategies to support my students to reach their educational and socio-emotional goals.”
Joseph Menor Jr PBSPED Severe/Autism, 2018-2020 Cohort
“I would recommend the emergency hire route to others in the program if you are organized, manage time wisely, are proactive, and are able to ask for help when you need it.“
Michelle Lim PBSPED Mild/Moderate, 2018-2020 Cohort and current MEd SPED Student
“Being a SPEDucator means that I can be a voice for all dedicated SPEDucators in Hawaiʻi and help to make a difference in the field of special education.”
Georgianna Hashimoto PBSPED Mild/Moderate, 2017-2019 Cohort
“It is worth it all to validate your skills as a teacher and to know you can make a difference.”
Pamela Walencewicz PBSPED Mild/Moderate, 2016-2018 Cohort
"UH was willing to pay for me to attend this program in exchange for three years of teaching in a DOE school. This was too good to pass up!"
Evelyn Gamez PBSPED and MEd in Special Education
"I hope to make a difference in the field of special education by bringing awareness to the capabilities of each of my students. I want everyone at my school to know that students with special education services can lead successful and love-filled lives."
Rachel Bell PBSPED Mild/Moderate, 2015-2017 Cohort
“I am an advocate for early intervention when it comes to children who need special education because I really believe helping them as early as possible can make the biggest difference in their school careers and beyond.”