My name is Jackie Lee. I was born in South Carolina, but my first memories were of Okinawa, Japan, where I lived until nearly the age of five. It was there in Okinawa that I developed my love for the tropics and island life. For most of my childhood on I grew up in the rural, agricultural, small town of Hidden Valley, in Northern California. My mother was a Registered Nurse until she was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 6, after that she became the most wonderful stay at home mom I could ask for. My father worked in the area as a Podiatrist (foot doctor), while my brother, who is nearly 9 years older, currently lives Wyoming with his wife and kids. I grew up visiting various Hawaiian islands as a teen when my dad would attend his continuing medical education conferences. I dreamed of one day living in Hawaii, as did my parents, who planned on retiring on the Big Island.
My mother's breast cancer returned when I was sixteen and lost the battle just a month short of my 20th birthday. I was homeschooled for most of my high school years with my mom serving as my instructor, then enrolled in a local junior college. I transferred to the University of California Berkeley graduating in 2014 with my BA in English. While at Berkeley, I took a semester off to figure out why I was going to school, as well as to find the motivation to finish my degree. I had always suspected I would enjoy teaching but knew I needed to get my hands dirty in a classroom to know for sure. So I took a student missionary position working as a volunteer teacher at Kahili Adventist School on Kauai. It was during that time living in Kauai when I knew God was calling me to serve Him on the Hawaiian islands and gave me a passion for teaching. Feel free to ask me about God’s providential leading, which made the position of educating possible. It was not long after I returned from Kauai that my father passed away from a heart attack. I think it was more of a broken heart because he just could not live without my mom, for they were truly soul mates. I believe God waited to give me the call to teach when I needed it most. He knew I would need direction, purpose after losing my parents, who were two of my very best friends. We serve an awesome God.
After finishing up at Berkeley I went on to earn my California teaching credential and Masters of Education at Pacific Union College. I worked for a few years as a teacher in the area surrounding PUC, all the while dreaming of the day when I would be able to move back “home” to Hawaii. Last year God paved the way for me to serve at Hawaiian Mission Academy Maui, I could not be more thrilled with this gem of a school. I have been very blessed to teach grades 4th to 8th, and kindergarten here at MAS.
I am a member of the Kahului Seventh-day Adventist Church, Sierra Club, Hawaiian Association of Independent Schools, UC Berkeley Alumni Association, Association of Teachers of Social Studies/UFT, and National Council of Teachers of English.
School should be a place where learning becomes a lifelong passion, where resiliency and curiosity are fostered, and practical life skills are imparted.
Snorkeling, hiking, bodyboarding, paddleboarding, kayaking, photography, gardening, singing, traveling and good Christian fellowship.
My name is Kim MLC Ramos. I was born and raised in Hawai’i. I have taught students ranging from Kindergarten through grade 8.
My teaching career began at Maui Waena Intermediate School as a PE/Health teacher. After taking a break to raise my children, I re-entered the teaching field at Hawaiian Mission Academy Maui and have been here since 2006. Teaching at this location is fulfilling due to the fact that we are able to freely teach and talk about God throughout the day, plan unique field trips, and serve our community with outreach projects.
I attended Lahainaluna High School as a boarder for 3 years. My post-education took place at Pacific Union College in Northern California, where I earned a B.S. degree in Physical Education along with teaching credentials. I completed a graduate degree in Secondary Education from Chaminade University on O’ahu. I love to keep the learning process fresh with continuing education courses from UH Maui, University of Phoenix, Baker University, and Grand Canyon University.
I am a member of the Lahaina Seventh-day Adventist Church, Sierra Club Maui, Shape America, Halau o Ka Hanu Lehua, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
cooking, gardening, raising animals, reading, playing ukulele/guitar, crafting (crochet, stained-glass, sewing, embroidery), outdoor activities (swimming, volleyball, yoga, hiking…), learning about God through nature.
Meet a child at his/her level, then help them grow.