Celina was born and raised in the Santa Cruz mountains in California — where she spent her childhood playing outside and enjoying nature. After a brief study abroad in Alicante, Spain, Celina moved to Oahu for college. She fell in love with Hawaii and, after completing her degree, decided to make the islands her home.
Celina was able to become the first in her large family to reach her dream of obtaining a college education — starting with her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Master of Arts in Communications from Hawaii Pacific University, and then her Doctorate of Education Ed. Barrios is passionate about education and shares her passions with her two young children.
Barrios and her children recently found a home at the Honolulu Waldorf School HWS and Celina loves the fact that, through fundraising, she has a direct and positive impact on the lives of the students and their families. She wholeheartedly believes in the mission of educating young people who will meet the world with clear thinking, compassion and the courage and freedom to act.
Celina hopes to use her position to help fund the dreams of HWS students by fundraising for their futures.
Who we are
Celina enjoys days spent with her family — either at home, in the yard or at the beach. Celina is a foodie at heart and enjoys all types of food — the spicier the better! Stacey Collins Director of Marketing and Communications. Stacey and her family relocated to Oahu from California in She was a professional Stage Manager for the better part of a decade, working everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to the Los Angeles Opera, and moved back over to her marketing background when she decided it was time to put down roots for herself and her family.
Stacey has a strong desire to make positive change wherever she goes, and brings that drive and enthusiasm to the Honolulu Waldorf School! Meilani Dela Cruz Learning Specialist. Meilani s the Honolulu Waldorf community with a diverse background in education and a passion to support all learners in fulfilling their potential.
She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading instruction. As an elementary teacher in Scottsdale, Arizona, Meilani received formal training in a variety of research-based reading and writing programs, and became a certified Reading Specialist earning state-certified endorsements in Reading Instruction and Structured English Immersion. She moved to the Republic of Palau for a year and ed the Ministry of Education as a Reading Specialist providing professional development to teachers on the islands. Over the years, Meilani developed a love for reading intervention, specifically supporting students with learning differences.
She is a certified Dyslexia tutor and consultant, and has had a private tutoring practice for many years. Meilani has enthusiastically taught hundreds of children in her twenty years in education. Her mission is to equip students with effective strategies and tools to become confident, life-long learners. In her free time, Meilani enjoys spending time at the beach with her two toddlers. Fanny Delaporte Early Childhood Teacher. Fanny grew up in Switzerland and Germany and attended the Waldorf school from the 4th to 12th grade.
As she spent most of her time in the mountains and nature. Since she was little she has always wanted to work with children, so after graduating from high school she decided to become a Waldorf kindergarten teacher and attended the Rudolf Steiner Institute in Germany for 5 years. During this time, she had several internships and worked with children of all ages.
She really enjoyed working with all children, but felt especially passionate about the kindergarten ages. Most recently, Fanny managed multiple daycares in Switzerland and was happy to include her passion for the Waldorf philosophy. In the Summer ofthey decided to start a new adventure and moved to Hawaii. Fanny is so grateful to have the opportunity to work at HWS. It provides a little piece of home that is so, so precious. Antoinette has taught children and adolescents for 35 years. She completed a two-year Waldorf Teacher Training in She has worked in early childhood as well as early intervention programs.
Later, she worked with children and adolescents who had physical and mental disabilities.
For eight years, Antoinette taught at-risk adolescents as a High School Humanities teacher. She lived and worked for ten years in Stuttgart, Germany where her four daughters were born. As her girls got older, she returned to teaching.
Antoinette worked for five years in the Honolulu Waldorf High School program before moving to Kauai at the request of a group of parents who wanted their children to participate in a Waldorf Lower School program. She loves teaching, she loves the islands, and she loves HWS. She is thrilled about this opportunity to return. She looks forward to getting to know the children, to share her love of learning with them, and support the wondrous, creative work the Middle School teachers have brought and will continue to bring to the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
Jiavanny was born and raised on Oahu, attending Waipahu High School and graduating in She is the youngest of 5 kids, and loves to dance, play video games, and spend time with family and friends. In preparation for her future career as a Radiologist Technician, she looks forward to attending Kapiolani Community College.
Edward Kepa Freitas Facilities Manager. Kepa was born and raised on the east side of Oahu and is a graduate of Saint Louis School. The transition from the City and County position to managing the physical and logistical needs of both campuses was a natural and easy one for him to make. From Monday through Friday you'll typically find him on the Niu campus, maintaining the hedges, gardens, trees, and lawn, addressing plumbing issues, or beautifying the grounds.
Kepa views both campuses' physical needs with an eye for increasing efficiency.
Kepa's current short-term goal is to learn how to throw the javelin so he can win the challenge brought forth by the Physical Education classes in which the loser pulls weeds! Paul grew up in Kaneohe, attended the University of Hawaii, and received his degree in Civil Engineering in He worked within that industry for over 10 years until he discovered his true passion: working with the youth.
Paul believes that all children are unique with distinctive gifts. His main inspiration is to facilitate the discovery of those gifts. Paul has been a teacher ever since, working at Assets High School for the past 8 years.
Being new to the team, he is excited to contribute to the Honolulu Waldorf School in all ways possible. Angelica Ingeman Grade 2 Teacher. Angelica has been working in Waldorf classrooms up and down the West Coast over the past twenty years. When Angelica enrolled in her training, she intended to be a grades teacher.
However after becoming pregnant with her first child, she completed the Early Childhood training, which in turn greatly influenced her parenting. She has taught parent-child classes, preschool, and mixed-age kindergartens, and is honored and thrilled to lead the incoming grade one class.
She has three children, two of whom are grown and one who will be ing HWS. Her husband is a marine conservationist and the whole family is looking forward to getting to know the community, the culture, and the archipelago. As she learned to translate simultaneously in order to help her parents. She has worked as a lead preschool teacher and a Migrant Head Start director before becoming a Waldorf Teacher. She completed her certification through WISC, and has been teaching Spanish at Waldorf schools for the past twenty years.
Silvia is passionate about teaching, but loves to takes flight to foreign lands when she has time off. She also enjoys salsa dancing, studying Buddhism, meditation, writing poetry and surfing. She is an active member of the Waldorf Spanish Teachers Association. Kevin Jorgensen Movement Teacher, Grades While in San Diego he played lots of volleyball and started making jewelry as a hobby which developed into a business selling his creations at craft shows up and down the west coast.
He has taught Jewelry classes to high school students and adults and has coached volleyball to boys and girls from middle school to high school.
Kevin is looking forward to a new change of pace and scenery and exploring all that Island life has to offer. Erika was born and raised in Aiea, Hawaii. While she dreamed of becoming a teacher, it was her Waldorf education which truly inspired her to pursue a teaching career path. Upon graduating from the Honolulu Waldorf School inshe spent the next four years as a collegiate swimmer for the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. She will officially graduate in early August and is looking forward to returning to her childhood stomping grounds as an assistant teacher in the EC program.
Additionally, after being a competitive swimmer for eleven years, she enjoys sharing her love of swimming by teaching swimming lessons to children of all ages at Diamond Head Aquatics. She loves the outdoors, being active, and exercising her creativity.
She is very excited for what adventures the upcoming school year will bring. Jennifer Kaneshiro Early Childhood Support.