Advance effective public education by advocating for and providing support to charter schools.
Quality educational opportunities for every child and family in Hawaii.
Jeannine Aguon Souki
Jeannine Aguon Souki is a strong advocate and supporter of public charter schools in Hawaii. She joined the Hawaii Public Charter School Network as its executive Director in December 2015 with more than 20 years of public policy, management, and advocacy experience in various settings from Honolulu to Seattle and Washington, D.C. She’s worked with various leaders in the charter school community to inform policy decisions for public charter schools during the last overhaul of the public charter school statute. She also served as a governing board member for public charter schools.
Public charter school leaders, faculty, students and their families make a conscientious decision to opt for a charter school setting because this provides a viable option for a public school education. As charter schools are publicly funded independent schools, they are often more innovative than traditional public schools and offer students many benefits over traditional public schools.
Board of Directors
A retired DOE principal from Lanai, Dennis Hokama has a heart for public education success. He’s a grandfather of an elementary school student in Washington, D.C. and has had extensive career in public education. He has a background in coalition and community building that comes with a knowledge and great relationships here in the Islands and abroad. He is interested in better streamlining in charter school policy in Hawai`i.
Usha Kotner returns to HPCSN as a wealth of pioneering charter school experience here in Hawai`i. She is the Co-Founder as well as former director of Kona Pacific Public Charter School. A former Commissioner on the Charter School Commission, a member of the Charter School Review Panel and former Hawaii Charter School Network President, Usha’s passion and commitment remain evident as seen in the effort to replicated charter innovations like the food program at KPPCS.
Usha Kilpatrick Kotner
An attorney and is also a Myron B. Thompson Academy governing board member. His experience as a staff member within the House Finance committee and DOE gives valuable insight for HPCSN. He wants to see charter school’s educational success in Hawai`i.
Steve taught various subjects at Pahoa High and Intermediate School for seven years before becoming the first Student Services Coordinator at Waters of Life PCS, one of the first five charter schools in the State. In June 2001, Steve became the first Director and Principal of Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science PCS. He has served continuously on the Governing Board of the charter since its inception and continues to lead the school. He served as the second Executive Director of the Charter Schools Administrative Office. He was active in the original network, the Hawaii Association of Charter Schools (HACS) which became the Hawaii Charter Schools Network (HCSN) which later became the Hawaii Public Charter Schools Network (HPCSN). Steve served as President (2 years), Vice President (1 year), and Treasurer (3 years) for the Network.