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Meet the Team

Mrs. Sheree Tamura

Student Services Coordinator

Ringggggggggggg…”Aloha, Ni Hao, Ran Annim, Ohayoo Gozaimasu, Ahn Nyeong Ha Se Yo, Hola, Xin Chao, Zibok Su, Magandang Umaga! Resource Room, may I help you?”

Yes, this is she. Yes, I graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor in Elementary Education with emphasis in Psychology and Special Education Mainstreaming. As an educator closing in on retirement, I have learned to enjoy sporting a chameleon suit and adapting to countless, sleepless nights. My current position offers me the opportunity to work closer with teachers, administration, parents and the community members in better servicing our students.

Ringgggggggggg…”Ms. Tamura, speaking. May I help you?”

Mr. Lance Nishihara

Guidance Counselor

Lance Nishihara started his school counseling career in 1989, With a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology (Chaminade University of Hawaii), he was split between 2 elementary schools in the Leeward District, serving both schools half-time. With Momilani Elementary School being one of the smallest, a full-time counselor position was not warranted until parents and students turned to the Legislature and lobbied for a full-time counselor position.

After receiving his tenure,”Mr. Nish” selected Momilani as his “full-time” school of employment and has been at Momilani ever since. He now has the privilege of serving parents who acted as student leaders lobbying for a full-time counselor position during the early 1990’s. Also, “Mr. Nish” recognizes other parents who were former students...their names too! So don’t think you can hide from him even though you’re a little taller, he remembers you!

With the same focus back in the day, Mr. Nish said he still carries out Momilani’s old motto, “Quality Education in a Caring and Safe Environment” with tweaks for today. He still enjoys surfing when he has time and continues to hone the art of surfboard making.

Mrs. Lynn Sakamoto-Duensing

Special Education Teacher

Lynn Sakamoto-Duensing has served as Momilani’s Special Education teacher since 1996. She is a local girl, receiving her education from Pearl City Kai (Lehua Elementary), Highlands Intermediate, Waipahu High School, Leeward Community College, and the University of Hawaii. She worked briefly for Alphabetland, and received Montessori training while at Children’s House. Lynn moved to the mainland and taught in Nebraska for 17 years. She received her Master’s Degree in Special Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Go Big Red! After years of tornadoes, hail, blizzards, lightning/thunder storms, snow storms, ice storms and heat waves Lynn decided to move back to Hawaii with her family. At Momilani, Lynn works with students from kindergarten to sixth grade.

Mrs. Jill Keanini

Educational Assistant

Jill Keanini grew up in Pearl City. She is married with two children; her son is a student at UH WO and her daughter is a teacher at Waipahu Intermediate School. Jill and her husband are Pearl City High school alumni and she went on to study graphics at UH Manoa. In her down time she enjoys going to the beach, camping, home remodeling and decorating. She serves in the youth ministry at Grace Bible Church. Jill has been at Momilani Elementary school for 14 years working with K-6th grade students.

Ms. Naline Miprano

Educational Assistant

Naline was born in Hawaii but spent some of her younger years growing up in Austin, Texas. She worked for three years as the coordinator of the EL (English Learners) Program at Pauoa Elementary School assisting bilingual students in grades K-5 to build their fluency and proficiency in the English language. This will be her second school year as an Educational Assistant at Momilani Elementary and she is looking forward to another great year!

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking Koko Head and baking desserts!