Leadership

Stephen Schatz – Executive Director, Hawai‘i P-20

As Executive Director, Stephen Schatz is responsible for overseeing all Hawai‘i P-20 programs and supporting the Hawai‘i P-20 Council. Hawai‘i P-20’s major programs include the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded Hawai‘i P-3 Initiative, which promotes partnerships within the early learning community to strengthen the continuum of early learning experiences for children, and college access initiatives such as GEAR UP, the College Application and Exploration Season, the MyFutureHawaii college/career portal, and Dual Credit Initiative, all designed to increase student readiness for post-high school success. He also guides the inter-agency team, the Hawai‘i Data eXchange Partnership
(Hawai‘i DXP), responsible for the statewide longitudinal data system to inform policy- and decision-making for the improvement of educational outcomes in Hawai‘i.

Stephen Schatz has 22 years of leadership experience in public education as a teacher, principal, complex area superintendent, assistant superintendent, and most recently as the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education Deputy Superintendent. As assistant superintendent, Mr. Schatz was responsible for implementing Hawai‘i’s $75 million Race to the Top grant in 2011. He also led the effort to develop a school accountability model that includes college-going rate, chronic absenteeism and ACT test scores as indicators of school performance, allowing more flexibility and focus in how school performance is measured.

Schatz received his Bachelor’s Degree from U.C. Santa Cruz and a Master’s in Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills.

HeadshotLauren MoriguchiDirector, Executive Office on Early Learning

Lauren Moriguchi is Director of the Executive Office on Early Learning. She is responsible for coordinating efforts to ensure a solid foundation for Hawai‘i’s children by working with partners, families, and communities, and connecting policies, programs, and funding in order to increase access to high quality early childhood education in Hawai‘i.

Moriguchi’s experience in the field of education has included employment within the Department of Education (DOE) as well as in the private sector.   She has served as a preschool teacher, special education teacher, mentor, resource teacher, and educational officer at both the district and state levels.

Moriguchi has partnered with Special Olympics Hawai‘i since December 2012 and has been instrumental in developing the structure for the Young Athlete’s Program, which provides children 2 ½ to 7 years of age with a developmentally appropriate learning environment for children and parents while providing leadership skills to middle and high school students.

A graduate of the University of Idaho, Moriguchi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child, Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on early childhood and a minor in Aging Studies. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Curriculum Studies with an emphasis on prek-3.

Dr. Christina KishimotoSuperintendent, Hawai‘i State Department of Education

Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto begins a three-year contract as superintendent on Aug. 1, 2017. Since 2014, Dr. Kishimoto served as 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 Harford Public Schools in Connecticut, was the Founder and Director of The Center for School Improvement & Leadership Development at Area Cooperative Education Services, and Assistant Dean of Student Services for Wesleyan University. 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.

lassnerDavid LassnerPresident, University of Hawai‘i System

As the University of Hawaii’s first VP for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Lassner was responsible for supporting academic and administrative computing; distributed learning technologies; and voice, data, and video telecommunication. He directed Information Technology Services, which provides technology support to the UH Mānoa campus and addresses statewide needs of the university system.

Since joining the University of Hawai‘i in 1977, Lassner has held a series of progressively more responsible technical, management and executive positions supporting the broad use of information technologies across the full mission of the university throughout the State. He is a member of UH Mānoa’s cooperating graduate faculty and has taught online and in person in the Department of Information and Computer Science, College of Business, School of Communication and College of Education. Lassner has also served on the faculty of management institutes for IT leaders nationally and internationally.

Lassner plays an active leadership role in a number of local, national and international organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kuali Foundation and EDUCAUSE. Lassner is a past chair of the Pacific Telecommunications Council and the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), and has also served on the board of Internet2 and coordinated a variety of education projects for the Internet Society internationally. Locally, he has served on the Boards of Hawai‘i Public Television, the Hawai‘i High Technology Development Corporation where he chaired the Federal Relations Committee, and he chaired the Hawai‘i Broadband Task Force. Lassner was recently reappointed by the Senate President to the State of Hawai‘i Information Technology Steerint Committee. Lassner has been recognized by WCET with the Richard Jonsen Award and by Internet 2 with the Richard Rose Award.

Lassner holds an AB summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in economics and a MS in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned a PhD in communication and information sciences from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i.

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