Our Faculty & Staff

In October 2003, Ho`ala School was recognized as a semifinalist by the "National Schools of Character" awards program sponsored by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) of Washington DC.

Educational professionals and student teachers from around the world are encouraged to visit and to learn more about our model program. Formal professional trainings and student teaching positions may be pre-arranged by request through our office.

Since 1986, the Ho`ala Model has inspired the philosophies and practices of several other new schools in Hawaii and California. Numerous Ho`ala-trained teachers currently apply these practices in their public school classrooms as close by as Hale`iwa and as far away as Iowa, Alabama and New Zealand.

Full -Time Faculty & Staff

Phyllis B. Norton, M.Ed

Head of School

Darlene Dela Cruz

Admissions & Marketing Director

Justine Lafata


Mickie Hettema

Admin. Assistant

Carolyn Brown

Kindergarten Teacher

Sheri Ecton

1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

Lori Fukuoka

Teacher, Grades 3 & 4; Director, Camp Kokua

Brian Vermeylen

Teacher, 5th and 6th Grade Homeroom, 5-12 Math

Tina Markel

 Art Teacher K - 12 and Drama Teacher K - 12, Senior Project Advisor

Brenna Comens

Teacher,  7th & 8th Grade Homeroom, 5-12 Science, 7-8 Math

Uri Barron

Teacher, 11th - 12th Homeroom, Grades 5 - HS Social Studies, 5 - 12 PE

Robert Beckvall

English/LA Teacher 5th - HS

Part -Time Faculty & Staff

Jordan Bayang

Kindergarten Teacher's Aide

Emily Fern

After School Program Assistant, Substitute Teacher

Jef Fern

Retired Ho`ala Master Teacher. Currently the Facilitator for Parent-Teacher Study Group; Substitute Teacher

 Nona Fern 

Ho'ala Plus Before & After School Program Director, 1st & 2nd Grade Classroom Aide

Puri Garcia

Spanish Teacher, Grades K - 12, 11 - 12 Guidance, Senior Project Advisor





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