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Theme: Classroom Catalysts Tomorrows Classroom Today

This event occurred on
June 29, 2013
7:00pm - 10:00pm HST
(UTC -10hrs)
831 Queen St, Hawaii
United States

Have an interest in learner-centered education? This quarter’s TEDxHonoluluSalon event provides educators (teachers, administration, parents and students) an opportunity to engage and build awareness around current innovative educational approaches in our community. Join us and our speakers as we create an opportunity to discover learner-centered education ideas and ways to influence Hawaii’s education system.

This quarter's TEDxHonoluluSalon event is produced by Matt Lynch & the TEDxHonolulu Organizing Team, with Special Guest Curators, Sean Briel & Dan Nash, the dynamic duo of teachers who shared the stage at 2011's TEDxHonolulu main event with their talk: Changing Perceptions of Math by Teaching Students to Teach Themselves.

They have hand-selected 3 dynamic individuals to share their stories about the classroom, and how they are innovating in education - like us on Facebook and stay tuned to social media for more details about our speakers as we get closer to the date!

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831 Queen St, Hawaii, 96813
United States
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Kuuleilani Samson

Ku‘uleilani Samson, born and raised in Waianae, she now raises her beautiful, healthy baby girl as a full-time parent, farmer, and student. She began her career as a Kauhale Youth Leadership Training Program intern and is now currently the Assistant Manager at MA‘O Organic Farms. A farm aimed to grow healthy crops and develop a new generation of leaders by reconnecting them to their land & heritage. She is enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Hawaiian Studies program as an undergraduate student. Ku‘uleilani plans to teach Hawaiian Studies at her graduating high school and to build her community to a healthier future, alongside with food warriors of her generation.

Jordan D’olier

Jordan D’Olier, High School Math Teacher at Kamaile Academy, has dedicated the past four years of his life to the creation of a college-focused, Middle and High School with High in Waianae driven by high expectations for student performance. Jordan D'Olier has never been one to take the easy route or make choices based on what others may deem as realistic. Rather, as many of his students would attest, Mr.D'Olier is and always has been fearless and in-deterrable force for revolutionary change. As a High School mathematics teacher in a historically underperforming areas of Hawai'i, D'Olier has combated a system that has continuously failed his students. However, as he frequently tells his students, one cannot fail, one can only learn ways that don’t work. In his second year of teaching at Kamaile Academy as a Teacher For America corps member, D'Olier decided to try a different route. His philosophy on education shifted when he realized that students achieve more when pushed to come to conclusions/solutions in their own unique way. He pursued a self-directed approach in an effort to empower students, increase critical deep thinking, and allow students the opportunity to discover their own greatness on their own terms. This model has been shown to support sustained learning, increase engagement, and collaboration in students. Jordan D’Olier holds a Bachelor in Econ-Accounting and Psychology from Claremont Mckenna College and a Masters in Education and Teaching from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Buffy Cushman-Patz

Buffy Cushman-Patz is the Founder and School Leader for the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS), a 6th-12th grade public charter school opening this August. Buffy has explored her first-hand teaching experiences in both conventional and unconventional settings. She has taught math and science in public, charter, and independent schools in Hawaii. Buffy earned an MS in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and completed her EDM in School Leadership, concentrating on school development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Buffy was honored with an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. In 2008 and 2010, she volunteered with Teachers Without Borders, and led math and science workshops for teachers in South Africa. Buffy has served on the Hawaii Public Radio Board of Directors since 2009.

Organizing team


  • Matthew Lynch
  • Sean Briel
    Guest Curator
  • Dan Nash
    Guest Curator
  • Gene Shofner
    Speakers' Coach
  • Samantha Hudson
    Carpool & Bike Valet Coordinator
  • Jason Matias
  • Cornelia Jolitz
    Graphic Designer