OUR STAFF

WHEA was designed by motivated teachers and staff who shared a vision for project-based learning. Since then, teachers and staff have been committed to excellence for our students.

heather and joe

Our Directors

Heather Nakakura has been an active team member in the creation of WHEA’s project-based curriculum since 1994. She has helped articulate and sustain the vision and mission throughout her work as a teacher, co-founder, and now director.

Joe Greenberg is proud to be joining the WHEA community with the goal of building upon the rich legacy the school has cultivated over the years. He brings with him close to 25 years of experience teaching and leading a variety of different schools in both the northeast and southeast regions of the United States. 

DIRECTORS

Heather
Nakakura

(808) 987-7309

nakakura@whea.net

Joe
Greenberg

(808) 313-0921

greenberg@whea.net

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS

Kim
Manuel

MS Lead Teacher

& 7th Grade

Rochelle Potter

6th Grade

Kat
GoPaul

7th Grade

Shawna
Sale

6th Grade

Emily
Sepeta

8th Grade

Sylvia
Texeira

MS Math, Projects

Mike Olschafskie

8th Grade

Erica
Snook

MS Math, Projects

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS

Liana
White

HS Lead Teacher

Mike
D'Amico

HS Teacher

Brian
Murphy

HS Teacher

Kristen
Bennett

HS Teacher

Megan
Learned

HS Teacher

Kaitlynn
Pitrowiski

HS Teacher

Una
Burns

School Registrar

HS Teacher

Katie
Mayer

HS Teacher

Ben
Duke

HS Teacher

Lina
Mochizuki

HS Teacher

Schel Leatherman

HS Teacher

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEAM

Erik
Swenson

Student Services

Coordinator

Bill
Chemnick

SPED Teacher

Yvonne
Jayne

SPED Assistant

SUPPORT STAFF

Larry
Kniffin

Technology

Support

Jolene
Wike

Bookkeeper

Kanani
Leanio

Office Manager

Mark
Yap

Custodial

Supervisor

Lukkas
Ordway

Custodian

Kenzi 
Kunishige

Office Clerk