Dr. Christina Kishimoto: Hawai‘i’s New Superintendent
Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto began a three-year contract as superintendent on Aug. 1, 2017. She is responsible for efficiently and effectively administering the Hawaii public school system in accordance with the law and educational policies adopted by the Board of Education. Of Puerto Rican descent, she is a former Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer for Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona, a district with an enrollment of 36,500 students and an annual budget of $305 million. She also served as Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of School Design at Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut, and Assistant Dean of Student Services for Wesleyan University. She is the Founder and former Director of The Center for School Improvement & Leadership Development at Area Cooperative Education Services, She earned a Doctorate in Education Administration from Columbia University Teachers College, a Master of Public Administration in Public Affairs and Policy from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Barnard College.
On October 3, 2017, Dr. K presented an Implementation Plan to advance the goals of the DOE/BOE Strategic Plan. Her plan is targeted around three high impact strategies: School Design, Student Voice, and Teacher Collaboration.
Rochelle Mahoe: FKK Complex Area Superintendent
Rochelle Mahoe was named Complex Area Superintendent (CAS) effective July 2, 2018. Prior to becoming CAS, Mahoe had been principal of Noelani Elementary since 2006. She has also served as vice principal at Pearl City High School and Likelike Elementary School, and taught mathematics in our classrooms. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon, and Master of Education in Teaching and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Hawai‘i.