Kris Schwengel: Punahou School teacher
Kris Schwengel has taught elementary school for 18 years, both in the U.S. and in Japan. He enjoys exposing kids to technology that helps enhance their creativity.
Madalyn Loustalot: Kaiser High School student
Madi is a senior in the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Kaiser High School and she is inspired everyday by observing her peers and teachers and figuring out what it is that could make education synergistic. She plans to double major in Environmental Science and Architecture with minors in education and international relations.
Anna Davide: Assets High School student
Anna is a freshman at Assets High School and proudly half Filipino. Among her hobbies are singing, reading, and watching videos such as TED talks. She was introduced to this TEDxED event by her homeroom adviser Ms. Green, and is honored to be a part of this unique event. People Anna would like to thank are her mother, and the Assets School faculty who helped her make this possible.
Ka'eo Vasconcellos: Roosevelt High School teacher
Ka'eo is a '96 graduate of Punahou high school. Currently, he is a PhD student in UH Manoa's Educational Foundations. He is the 2012 Honolulu Teacher of the Year. Ka'eo has been a social studies teacher at Roosevelt high school for the past eight years. He is a teacher in Punahou's PUEO program. On his spare time, he coaches intermediate boys basketball and JV football.
Bryson Wong: Punahou School student
Bryson loves to try a diversity of activities from sports like diving and fencing to clubs like debate and literature. He has a particular passion for hiking and outdoor activities along with TED talks. He is currently a senior at Punahou and is looking forward to college.
Dana is a passionate first-year music educator at St. John Vianney Parish School in Kailua, HI. She seeks to incorporate popular music into her general music curriculum in hopes of igniting her students' passion for exploring music. A recent graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music, Dana is immensely enjoying navigating the trials and successes of life in the real world. In her spare time, Dana enjoys biking, reading in coffee shops, and taking improv comedy classes.
Stephanie Siow: Le Jardin Academy student
Stephanie is a sophomore at the "International Baccalaureate" school Le Jardin Academy, and has been living on the island of Oahu, Hawaii for ten years. Her hobbies include singing, playing the guitar, cooking, and art. She has a love of Japanese culture as well as "cute" things which often sparks her imagination to make art.
Heidi Green: Assets High School teacher
Heidi Green teaches Global Studies Through Conflict Resolution, Social Studies, and American Sign Language at Assets High School. She also facilitates seminars for students in the Intercultural Peace-building program at BYU-Hawaii. She plans to continue studying conflict resolution and psychology in graduate school. Her vision is to spend summers teaching empathy and peace-building in communities around the world impacted by conflict. She would like to give special thanks to all her amazing students, the faculty at Assets School, and her heroes who trained or inspired her on this path: Suzy Travis, Dr. Chad Ford, and Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen.
Brittany Amano: Iolani School student
Brittany Amano is a sophomore at Iolani School. She has worked with various nonprofit organizations since the age of ten and has even started her own called Hawaii’s Future isn’t Hungry. She has worked with organizations such as Leahi Hospital, YMCA, local food banks and is a member of the YWCA Young Women’s Network Board. She is also an active member of her school’s Key Club. Brittany is a determined girl whose goal is to make a difference in the world.
Brittany has also won many national and local awards for her community service work including the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, the Farm Rich Kids Who Give award and the Presidential Volunteer Service award.
Tori Kawasaki: Moanalua High School student
Tori is a senior at Moanalua high school and is currently playing trumpet for their music department. As a hobby he composes and arranges pieces and plans to major in music education at the University of Hawaii at Moanoa. He is very grateful that he has the opportunity to speak about music through TED and wishes that more people can do the same with their own passion as well.
Micah Hirokawa: Le Jardin Academy teacher
Micah Hirokawa is a Director of Music at Le Jardin Academy. He also operates a music education studio, Wide River Academy of Fine Arts, which specializes in group and individual instruction. HE devotes much of his time researching new methods within curriculum and instruction in hopes to create a paradigm shift towards learning disabilities. Micah is also a Co-chair with the Le Jardin Academy Learning Gardens and 4H Malama Farms. He hopes to reconnect, motivate, and ground students through: Redefining The Learning Environment Through Organic Classrooms.