Hawaii Society for Technology in Education

About HSTE

Our Vision

Leverage technology in education to accelerate a more innovative, resilient, and sustainable Hawaii.

Our Mission

HSTE inspires educators to use technology to innovate teaching and learning, encourage best practices, and solve tough education problems. Through shared knowledge and a supportive community, we strive to empower learners and create equitable technology access.

History of HSTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world. HSTE is a valued affiliate of ISTE and connects with more than 70 other affiliates to share best practices, increase service to members, and strengthen impact in their local education communities.

At the June 2011 annual meeting of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the Tech Corps Hawaii application to form a Hawaii affiliate of ISTE was approved – and the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education (HSTE) was born!

In 2014, Tech Corps Hawaii members approved the name change to Hawaii Society for Technology in Education, making HSTE an official non-profit organization in Hawaii.

2023-2024 HSTE Board at the Annual Board Retreat

The HSTE Board consists of educators with a variety of interests and backgrounds in public, private, and charter school education and technology.

Left to right: Shane Asselstine, Shanon Kimura, Leanna Ikei, Nicole Heinlein, Celeste Endo, Tammy Musiowsky-Borneman, Matthew Tom, Michael Fricano II

Missing in picture: Leah Aiwohi, Dagan Bernstein, Justin Brown, Trisha Kodama, Kecia McDonald, Lynn Nguyen

Photo Credit: Matthew Tom

We are very excited to introduce the incoming Board of Directors this year!

Please take a moment to read the bios below of these fantastic educators.

The HSTE Executive Board Members

Shane Asselstine - President (O‘ahu)

Shane joined the Hawai‘i Department of Education in 2004 as a 4th grade teacher. He has spent most of his years as the Technology Integration Specialist at Momilani Elementary School. Outside of school, he serves in many roles across various organizations such as the HSTE President, CSTA Hawai‘i Chapter Past-President, Code.org K-8 Facilitator for Hawai‘i. He has been integrating technology from Google to Micro:bits for almost two decade with lessons ranging from economics to humanities. He is also a strong advocate for implementing computer science in the classroom through unplugged, digital and physical computing. Since August 2015, he has trained over 1400 K-8 educators in Hawai‘i, to bring CS into the classroom.

Michael Fricano II - Past President (O‘ahu)

Michael is a K-6 Design and Technology Teacher at ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He is also a Google Certified Trainer, a Code.org Computer Science Discoveries Facilitator, and has been presenting on EdTech topics for more than 11 years. His passions center around Computer Science, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Maker Education, and purposeful, cross-curricular technology integration.

Nicole Heinlein - Treasurer (Maui)

Nicole Heinlein is an experienced, National Board Certified Teacher of 19 years who has taught every grade from PreK to 8th grade. She is currently the vice principal at King Kamehameha III Elementary in Lahaina, Maui. She has a Masters in Teaching along with Reading/Literacy Specialist and ESOL endorsements and is both TESOL and Special Education certified. She is passionate about hands-on learning, arts and technology integration, and providing supports for all learners to succeed. Nicole also writes the teacher blog Teaching With Style. Follow her on Twitter @teachingwstyle and IG @teachingwithstyle.

Trisha Kodama - Secretary (O‘ahu)

Teaching is a 2nd career for Trisha, who is a 4th grade teacher at Kaneohe Elementary School. She has experience teaching Kindergarten, 1st grade, 5th grade, and for two years was a STEM/Technology Coordinator. Trisha is the perfect example of teaching an old dog new tricks and prides herself in being a lifelong learner. She loves to learn new things and pass that knowledge onto her students through an integrated curriculum.

The HSTE Board Members

Leah Aiwohi (Kaua‘i)

Leah currently teaches at Kaua‘i High School with classes in Media, Computer Science and STEM. She has taught at the Elementary, Middle and High school levels engaging students to use computers and technology as basic classroom tools since her teaching career began 32 years ago. Leah strives to keep being innovative and impactful in her teaching, and works to ensure that her students’ learning experiences are relevant as they grow to be critical thinkers and solution creators through project-based, service-oriented learning.

Dagan Bernstein - (Hawai‘i Island)

Dagan is an innovative leader in project and inquiry-based learning, leveraging technology to facilitate deep, meaningful educational experiences. With expertise in a variety of digital tools, he has led professional learning initiatives and education projects with skill and creativity. As a member of the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education, National Capstone Consortium, and the Ed3 DAO, Dagan continues to collaborate with educators across the globe to shape the future of education.

Justin Brown (Hawai‘i Island)

Kealakehe High Teacher

Celeste Endo - (O‘ahu)

In 6th grade, Esther M. Goto gave Celeste and her classmates a golden ticket opportunity to star in a class film. It had pirates “arrgh”, treasure, Can Can dancers, and Snoopy in every scene! Each child got a starry picture in the Director’s chair! Lovingly scripted and directed by Miss Goto, it was an experience that transcended education. Everybody mattered, worked hard, and had an incredibly FUN time! Celeste never forgot being part of Miss Goto’s class that shifted life trajectories towards better paths. Celeste was so happy to meet Miss Goto decades later and introduce her two children to the teacher who shaped their family’s lives for good. In honor of Esther M. Goto and all the kindhearted teachers who help people thrive, Celeste hopes to helpfully strive! https://bit.ly/brainbowconnection 

Shanon Kimura (O‘ahu)

Shanon is the EdTech specialist at Hawai‘i Technology Academy. He has been in education for eleven years, and has taught History, Philosophy, Design Tech, and Economics. Shanon loves seeing curriculum and technology come alive for the students, and enjoys sharing what he learns with colleagues. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his girlfriend and two goofy dogs. 

Leanna Ikei (O‘ahu)

Leanna is an elementary educator at Mayor Joseph J. Fern Elementary School, and will be transitioning this school year as Fern's next technology coordinator. Her passion is creating thematic units that integrate project-based learning and technology. Leanna is a National Board Certified Teacher, and a 2017 Locations Foundation Top Teacher Award finalist. She is also a Hawai‘i State Teacher Fellow alumna. Leanna received a BS in Elementary Education from Linfield College, and a MEd in Instructional Leadership from Chaminade University.

Kecia McDonald (Hawai'i Island)

Kecia McDonald is Complex Area Resource Teacher for English Learners in West Hawai’i. She was a 2020-2022 Hawai‘i State Teacher Fellow and a 2022 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. She leverages technology to create resources and communicate ideas in order to overcome the geographic challenges inherent in serving schools located from the northernmost tip of Hawai’i island, Hamakua Coast, and south Kona–more than 80 miles apart from each point. You can find her on Twitter @mcdonald_kecia or follow her travels on IG @what_hi_see

Tammy Musiowsky-Borneman (Hawai‘i Island)

Tammy Musiowsky-Borneman is an ASCD author, professional learning facilitator, and Director of Teaching & Learning at Kokua Academy in Kona, Hawai’i. She has experience teaching and leading in Hawai’i, Singapore, New York City, and Edmonton, Canada. ​She is an ASCD Emerging Leader Class of 2014 and is ​the Executive Director of the​ Emerging Leader Alumni​ Affiliate​ (ELASCD). Tammy and co-author, C.Y. Arnold wrote the 2021 ASCD book, The Minimalist Teacher, as well as other digital publications for ASCD affiliates. Tammy has ​also ​written several guest blogs for ASCD ​digital publications, EdWeek Teacher blog, and Achieve the Core. She writes on topics such as creating cultures of learning, student engagement, inclusivity, and student agency. Connect with her on Twitter or Instagram @PlanZPLS.

Lynn Nguyen (O‘ahu)

Lynn was born and raised on Oahu, and graduated from UH Manoa in 2018. She has her BS degree in biology and is passionate about social work, education, and public health. Lynn is the founder of Fruitions eTutoring and works with youths in underserved communities.

Matthew Tom (O‘ahu)

Matt finds joy and purpose in helping students reflect, understand, articulate, and share their stories and lived experiences with authentic audiences through their writing, art, photography, and videography. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, Matt attended Willamette University (BA English), University of Oregon (Masters in Teaching in Curriculum and Instruction), and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (EdD, Doctorate in Education in Professional Educational Practice).

He currently teaches English Language Arts at Kaimuki Middle School and focuses on finding ways to embed social emotional learning within the ELA curriculum. He is excited to strategize ways to use technology to help students further understand themselves and the world, make progress toward solving local and global problems, and to continue to dream.

Past Presidents and Emeritus Members

Previous HSTE Presidents

Board Member Emeritus