Our preschool program strives to provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities in a fun, effective, and safe environment. We focus on various domains of child development, carefully plan goals and objectives for each student, and work as a team to support individual’s learning.
We understand that each student comes from different background and life experiences. We value their unique differences and apply them to build meaningful learning opportunities.
We believe that parent/family involvement in early childhood education can extend student’s learning and make positive impact on their growth. We humbly appreciate parents keeping our communication lines open and flexible throughout the school year.
Meet the Team
Mrs. Yumie Lefebvre
Mrs. Lefebvre has been teaching at Momilani Elementary School since 2017. She is a graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa with degrees of Bachelor of Education and Master of Special Education. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 10 years. Before coming to Momilani Elementary School, she taught at Barber’s Point Elementary School and a private school. She loves working with young children and strives to support their growth and learning experiences.
When Mrs. Lefebvre is not teaching, she is all about “Fun Activities”. She enjoys surfing, mountain biking, running, yoga, traveling, hiking etc.
Mr. John Gacula
Mr. John is very excited to be the the classroom Educational Assistant for Momilani Elementary School’s Preschool class. He is a graduate of Leeward Community College’s Teacher Education program where he earned both an Associate in Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree and a Special/Inclusive Education Certificate. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education to further develop his abilities as an educator. Before arriving here at Momilani Elementary, He worked as a peer mentor for the education program at Leeward Community College, where he provided academic support for college students. He also worked at Kanoelani Elementary’s preschool class as a District Educational Assistant for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He had the opportunity to work with students ranging from Special Education to Pre-K and the College level.
In addition to this upcoming school year, he will be working alongside Mr. Omine in this years Momilani Hoops Academy. He looks forward to providing the support and encouragement for our students during their learning journey as they continue to grow and develop as life-long learners.