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WAIPAHU CAMPUS

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Thanks for stopping by. Please take a look around to see how we do school differently on the Waipahu campus. We are proud of our strong relationships and the many hands-on opportunities we offer our middle and high school students.
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STUDENTS
IN GRADES 6 -12 IN OUR BLENDED & pbHTA PROGRAMS

ADMISSIONS OPEN

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We’ve created these videos and guidebooks so you can get a sense of how we do school differently. They include important information on the role of the Learning Coach, the weekly schedules, and the experiential opportunities we provide.

grades 6-8
MIDDLE SCHOOL
grades 9-12
HIGH SCHOOL
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Just a few things that make Waipahu awesome

OUR TEACHERS
& STAFF

When our students graduate, the thing they say they will miss the most is our staff. Our teachers might cook you waffles, or grill some lunch. They join in on the games. They care, and they work hard to make a difference.

CAREER-BASED LEARNING

Our innovative Career-Based Learning program allows our high school students to gain skills and experience out in the community — while earning credit! Waipahu students are environmental stewards, media mavens, entrepreneurs, scientists, and more. 

CLUBS

After-school clubs are formed each year based on student interests. You might enjoy anything from crafts to astronomy, science olympiad, theatre, P.E., media, cooking, or student leadership.

THE HANDS-ON PROJECTS

Waipahu students design, build, test, and explore. They engineer and launch rockets carrying raw eggs. They simulate geological processes that melt rocks. They separate out DNA. They go into space to observe a comet. And, just saying, there's a lot of exploding that goes on in high school chemistry. We definitely learn by doing.

FIELD STUDIES

Middle school students enjoy field experiences at places such as Pu‘uokapolei, Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village, the Challenger Center, and Kualoa Ranch. High school students can be found exploring history at Pearl Harbor or the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center.

MAKERSPACE

Design! Create!
Our Makerspace is equipped with loads of tech that allows students to do hands-on making using elec-
tronics, 2D-to-3D software, textiles, laser cutting, or 3D printing.

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THE GOOD TIMES

From middle school activity nights to high school prom, we like to have fun. Waipahu student leadership, staff, and our awesome parent ‘ohana committee lay on the good times including movie nights, poetry slams, and game nights.

PLACE-BASED LEARNING

pbHTA

WAIPAHU GRADES 6-8
pbHTA has a separate enrollment and schedule from our regular blended program.

Place-based HTA is at the leading edge of our innovation as students dive deeper into learning out in the field. Students’ academic material is covered in class, but also as they tackle real-world problems while working at our community partner sites around the island.

What are our pbHTA students up to?

Mari’s Gardens

Hydroponics, aquaponics, composting, cultivation, and Hermione the pig!

Waiawa Kai

Native plant propagation, growing, harvesting, protecting native birds, invasive species control on Keiki O Ka ‘Āina site

Making Unleashed

What are you going to make today? Design engineering process, hands-on projects, crafting, building, power tools!

pbHTA media

Aaaand action! Video, photography, graphics, stop animation, editing.

Music

Songwriting, playing, performing.

DESIGN STUDIO

WAIPAHU GRADES 11 & 12

STEP AWAY FROM TEXTBOOKS

AND INTO THE DESIGN STUDIO

Our design studio is a creative, immersive program that harnesses new ways of teaching and learning to better equip graduates for the future. Students explore real-world topics in a hands-on studio environment, solving complex challenges using creative, critical thinking, and collaboration. The program is interdisciplinary and can be taken multiple times, including an advanced Capstone course and the option to graduate with NuVuX honors.

see 3D

present

explore

Students explore questions
that illuminate social issues and their place in the world.

design & experiment

They research themes and respond through the design process, which is rooted in experimentation, responding to feedback, and finding solutions.

create

Students create prototypes ranging
from 3D models to interactive installations to wearables. 

model

DRAW

REFLECT

PRINT

cut

STITCH

Waipahu campus news

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pbHTA power

Waipahu’s pbHTA students do science experiments. They compose music, create websites and videos, bake, protect the ‘āina, grow sustainable food,...

Kilo [observe]

Our Waipahu pbHTA students were blessed with a morning at Mokauea, one of the historic tidal islands in Ke‘ehi Lagoon.

Weekly schedules

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Monday

Independent work

Student Support

Tuesday

Zoom classes

Wednesday

On campus

Thursday

Zoom classes

Field Studies

Friday

On campus

pbHTA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Monday

Place-based learning

Student Support

Tuesday

Zoom classes

Place-based learning

Wednesday

On campus

Thursday

Zoom classes

Place-based learning

Friday

On campus

HIGH SCHOOL
Monday

Student Support

Field Studies

Tuesday

On campus

Wednesday

Zoom classes

Thursday

On campus

Friday

Virtual Support

Field Studies

Career-Based Learning

Waipahu staff

Aakash Shah-9
AAKASH SHAH • CAMPUS DIRECTOR • ashah@myhta.org

I have taught high school for more than 10 years. In that time, I have learned that if we offer students opportunities to showcase their abilities, they will continue to grow and develop. I originally hail from Chicago and earned my bachelor’s of applied science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then my master’s in education from Harvard University. I joined HTA in 2019 and have served both as a teacher and administrator on our Waipahu campus. When I’m not at school, I am a software entrepreneur, an Ultimate Disc Player, and a board member for animal welfare nonprofits.

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VIVIAN SHAW • HIGH SCHOOL DIRECTOR • vshaw@myhta.org

I’m an educator because kids are our future! What more important task than educating them to lead our ever-changing world? I grew up in Austin, Texas, and earned my degrees at Harvard University — first a bachelor’s in sociology and then my master’s in education. I worked as a physics and calculus teacher and as a college and career counselor before joining HTA’s administration in 2022. I love HTA’s spirit of excellence. I also play a lot of tennis!

Carrie Archibald-8-Edit
CARRIE ARCHIBALD • MIDDLE SCHOOL DIRECTOR • carchibald@myhta.org

I joined the education field, specifically in math, because I felt I could simplify the concepts and remove the fear of math for learners. In my career, I’ve learned that students have many other fears, but when they have the support of adults at home and in school, those fears can be simplified and solved. I grew up in ‘Aiea and earned my bachelor’s in secondary education at UH-Mānoa. After working at Campbell High School, I joined HTA in 2021. In addition to teaching, I have been a math intervention specialist, and a SBA and MAP Testing Coordinator. When I’m not working I love to spend time with my husband and adult son, playing tourist and soaking up the sun.

Marissa Valido
Office Manager
Makana Jarman
Attendance Clerk
Sara Andrin
Head Health Aid/Office Assistant

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Leah Cooper
English Language Arts Teacher
Jacquelyn (Jackie) Jarrell
Humanities Teacher
Maya Terhune
English Language Arts Teacher
Justin Alderete
Math Teacher
Amy Sun-Miyashiro
Math Teacher
Jaqueline Vallejo-San Agustin
Math Teacher
Jacquelyn Downing
Math/Science Teacher
Scott Goodwin
Science Teacher
Marc LaChance
Science Teacher
Chantelle Oliveira
Social Studies Teacher
Ashley Trotter
Social Studies Teacher
Krysten Irion
Special Education Teacher (DOE)
Frank Kimitch
Special Education Teacher (DOE)
Mollie Norcross
Social Worker

pbHTA MIDDLE SCHOOL

Sara Andrin
Head Health Aid/Office Assistant
Elissa Minamishin
Science Teacher
Sharon Schleigh
STEM Teacher
Celene (Makana) Kuahiwinui
Teacher

HIGH SCHOOL

Kanani Monette
Art Teacher
Deborah Morita
Electives Teacher
Andrew Berlin
English Language Arts Teacher
Alana Freitas
English Language Arts Teacher
Jack Glasser
English Language Arts Teacher
Laura Boles
Humanities Teacher
Shiloh Francis
Humanities Teacher
Tammy Jones
Humanities Teacher
Mariah Tuttle
Humanities Teacher
Stacey Bow
Math Teacher
Brian Weida
Math Teacher
Mark Buelow
Science Teacher
Jeff Gasda
Science Teacher
David Heldt
Science Teacher
Jessica dos Santos
Social Studies Teacher
Laura Davis
World Language Teacher
Ed Delamarter (DeLamarter)
Electives Teacher
Micah Pignolet
Special Education Teacher (DOE)
Daniel Inglis
Special Education Teacher (DOE)
Ryan Keogh
Special Education Teacher (DOE)
Lynette Atuaia
High School Counselor
Lokelani Cummings-Watanabe
College and Career Counselor
Gerika Kaopua
Academic and Behavioral Specialist
Andrew (Dash) Marchetto-Ryan (Andrew)
CBL Coordinator

SUPPORT STAFF

April Jarra
Educational Assistant II
Jess Kawachi
Educational Assistant III
Keone (Mo) Morreira
Educational Assistant III
Interested in working with us?

Navigate to HTA Waipahu

94-450 Mokuola Street

Suite 200

Waipahu HI 96797

808-676-5444 option 4

info@myhta.org

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