Tuahine (4’s & 5’s)

Prayer Flags for Bodhi Day

Heather Lemkelde,
Tuahine Teacher, 4's & 5's

Heather is very happy to be joining the UHMCC team. She has enjoyed working with young children for more than 20 years. She has taught in a variety of settings including a Baltimore City Public School, a Head Start program on Oahu, and an international preschool in Japan that uses the Reggio Emilia approach.

Heather earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga where she worked for the Ministry of Education's Office of Early Childhood Education. She then went on to attain her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Union Institute & University.

Heather has a special interest in emergent literacy and loves to encourage young children to express their ideas through visual arts. Other than working with children, Heather enjoys traveling with her husband, knitting, photography, and hiking. She looks forward to getting to know the children, families and staff of UHMCC better in the coming years.
Shanda Freitas
Tuahine Teacher, 4's & 5's

Shanda is a mother of two daughters Tehani and Tara, and two grandchildren. She graduated from UH Mānoa with a Masters in the Educational Foundations Program. Shanda loves art, music, culture and surfing. "I have been working with young children for thirteen years and still love it! My mission is to instill a love of learning by creating hands-on, meaningful learning experiences."
Ivy Robertson
Tuahine Teacher, 4's & 5's

Ivy was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Hawai’i in 2006. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Youth Recreation from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2011. She spent 2 years as a student assistant at UHMCC while concurrently teaching a large motor skills clinics to young children.
Royce Bowman
Tuahine Teacher, 4's & 5's

Many people have asked me about how I, as a man, decided to pursue a career in early education. In short, my parents are both teachers, along with much of my family, and they have imparted upon me a passion for education and a clear picture of why it is important. I was born and raised in Hawai‘i graduating from Punahou high school and the University of Hawai‘i with a degree in Art Photography, throughout which, I have continually worked in the field of education and taken early education classes. I worked at Punahou’s after school program for four years, taught at the UH summer science program, and worked as an assistant teacher for three years at a small private preschool in Kaimuki. My focus with children tends to favor the cultivation of creativity in all areas their lives, from drawing and painting, to conversation and storytelling, to physical movement, I love seeing what is unique in each child. I truly believe that we learn at least as much from the children as we teach, and that is what excites me about this field.



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