Our Team

Our Team

BETH ERTLLead Teacher

Beth is our Leadership Development teacher. She spends time with every child working on social and emotional skills to help children develop their self confidence and leadership skills. Beth also subs in all classrooms when teachers are on leave.

EVELYN ASISTINLead Teacher

Evelyn has taught every class in our school and now helps train new teachers are well as helps around all over the place. She has a wealth of experience in childhood development.

NANEA MANGAUILLead Teacher

Nanea is our 3 year old teacher. Nanea is a Kumu Hula, as well as an Early Childhood Educator. She is fluent in Hawaiian and incorporates a number of musical and cultural elements into the classroom.

ANA MENDOZALead Teacher

Ana works in the 4 year old class. She has a natural loving instinct when it comes to teaching children. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education.

LINDA VALDEZLead Teacher

Linda works with our 3 year old class. She is very loving and is currently pursuing her educator's credentials

JASMINE GRANADOSINLead Teacher

Jasmine is the lead teacher for the two year old class. She is a recent graduate from University of Hawaii and has a certificate to teach preschool from the same school.

MARICAR GRANADOSINChef

Maricar is our culinary artist. She runs our cafeteria. She has 3 children, two of them attend Alaka'i Academy. She is a native of the Phillipines. She makes our daily lunch and snacks.

KAILI KAUALUATeacher

Kaili works with the 2 year old class. She is creative and loving. Great team player. Her child also attends our school.

KAYLA HARRISONTeacher

Kayla works side by side with Ana Mendoza in the 4 year old class. She has a degree in Psychology and has worked with children for serveral years.

OLIVIA SANTINITeacher

Olivia is the newest member of Alaka'i Academy. She is sweet with the children and wishes to pursue a career in child development. She has worked as a preschool teacher in New Zealand.

ANA MORENOTeacher

Ana Moreno is a beloved teacher of the two year old class. She is patient and loving and is a expert potty trainer.

IANEKE PAGUIRIGANTeacher

Ianeke, or Neke, works with the 2, 3 and 4 year old class. She is creative and loving. Great team player. Her child also attends our school.

LUCIANA PENALOZAInstructor

Luciana, or Lu, is a founder of Alaka'i Academy. She is also a Physical Education instructor. She was the our original stretch and yoga classes instructor.

PABLO PENALOZAPresident

Pablo is founder of Alaka'i Academy. He supports the team and provides the overall vision and direction of the school.

Join Our Team!

Alaka'i Academy is perpetually seeking exceptional, talented individuals, who embody the leadership traits we aim to instill in children. To become part of our 'Ohana, please email your resume to careers@alakaiacademy.com to start the process. Mahalo for your interest.