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Miki Tomita

Co-FOUNDER

Born and raised on Maui, Miki graduated from HP Baldwin High School, then completed a BSE in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and a Ph.D. in education at Stanford University. She has worked in education for 15 years as a teacher, administrator, curriculum developer, and researcher. Her work is anchored at the intersections of education and innovation, with a sharp focus on place-based, community-driven collaborative education that puts youth at the center of transforming society’s greatest challenges into opportunities for learning and invention. Miki is the Education Director for the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the voyages of Hōkūleʻa, and the Program Director for Education Incubator's Moonshot Laboratory Hawaiʻi -- through both, she helps to advocate for the healing power of place-based wisdom and compassion combined with horizon technologies to empower our young people and communities to navigate our world to a better destination.

 

Stephanie Shipton

Co-FOUNDER

Stephanie is a self-proclaimed education policy wonk, systems thinking nerd, and innovation explorer. She has served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Teach For America Hawaii; acting director of Policy, Innovation, Planning, and Evaluation and as a portfolio manager at the Hawaii State Department of Education; and as a policy analyst at the National Governors Association and the Alliance for Excellent Education.  In these roles, she has provided oversight and management for the state of Hawaii's Race To The Top grant, co-authored the State’s federally approved ESEA flexibility waivers, and designed and implemented HIDOE’s Access Learning Pilot Project - an $8.2 million 1:1 digital device pilot in 8 schools across the state that grew to serve over 60 schools. Stephanie has a BA in political science and an MPS in political management from The George Washington University. 

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Hye Jung Kim

Community Innovation Coordinator

Hye Jung Kim was born in South Korea and raised in Mount Dora, Florida. She attended the University of Central Florida. Hye Jung moved to Hawaiʻi in the summer of 2009 after she graduated from the University of Central Florida to attend the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she earned her masters degree in mathematics. As a National Science Foundation GK-12 fellow, she partnered with Noelani Elementary in Mānoa and the Akaʻula School on Molokaʻi and worked as the mathematics specialist. Since then, Hye Jung has teaching experience at the University Laboratory School, University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu, Kapiolani Community College, and ʻIolani School with students ranging from fifth graders to college students. She is a volunteer advisor of the Nā Kelamoku, Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Youth Leadership Initiative and a crew member of Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia.