Annicelia “Annie” Agbayani was born and raised in the Philippines. Her experience with education began about forty years ago and it’s been her career ever since! Annie earned both her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and her Master of Arts degree in Education in Laoag City, Philippines. Before moving to Hawaii, she worked as a teacher, head teacher, and school principal. She spent her early years in Hawaii as a teacher’s assistant at Our Lady of Good Counsel School and continued her professional education at Hawaii Community College where she received training and became skilled in early childhood education. Annie has been a preschool teacher at OLGCS for nearly 20 years.
“As a loving, caring, nurturing, understanding and patient teacher, my foremost goal is the welfare and well-being of my students. I love OLGC School because it’s my home away from home. It’s a family atmosphere. I thank God for blessing me with a wonderful family at OLGC School.”
Agueda "Joanna" Alvarado is born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She's blessed with a wonderful husband, amazing daughter, and a yorkie named Maui that completes her family. She earned her Bilingual Educational bachelor degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. "I am very excited to start this new journey here in Hawaii and more than anything completely happy to be part of the ohana here at OLGC School as a first grade teacher."
Esther Amano was born and raised in Kalihi directly across of Saint Anthony’s School. She currently resides in Mililani Mauka with her brother, who works for the bus. Esther has two adult nieces, Jennifer and Jazmin, and two grown nephews, Justin and Jarred. She is blessed with an eight year old grandniece named Lillyana and a two year old grandnephew called Ocean.
Esther earned an Associate’s degree in Secretarial Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Brigham Young University-Hawaii. For ten years she was employed with Shearson American Express Mortgage Company. With the encouragement and support of a close family friend, Esther returned to college to obtain a P.D. in elementary education from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Her dream was always to become a teacher ever since she was in third grade. This almost didn’t happen, because Miss Amano is by nature an introvert.
Her first job was at Ala Wai Elementary School teaching English as a Second Language. She also spent two summers instructing incoming freshmen from Moanalua High School. In 1991 Miss Amano became the 8th grade teacher at Our Lady of Good Counsel School. Her first class consisted of ten boys and twenty-three girls.
“I believe that teaching is not a job but rather a calling to be a disciple of Christ. He is indeed the Master teacher.”
Teddy Amano is OLGC’s maintenance guy. He enjoys good company, good food and good music. He is blessed with a mighty woman of God he calls his wife. His favorite scripture is found in Joshua 24:15, As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.“I like working at OLGC because I can encourage the youth and staff with the word of God.”
Kristofferson Angobung is from Village Park in Kunia. He has a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and a Certification as a Master Catechist from University of Dayton. He was once a 2nd Grade Teacher’s Aid and After-school-Care Teacher for OLGC. He has been volunteering as a Catechist at several parishes for a combination of 16 years. He's been a Catechist for high school Confirmation (CCD) and a RCIA Catechist for St Joseph Parish. He was a middle school catechist at St Jude Parish, and has taught as Catechist at Our Lady of Good Counsel for high school Confirmation. He also has 14 years experience in Security in Private and Federal contracts. "Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish has always been like home to me. I have always looked up to such priests who I became close to, like Father Jack, Father Paulo, and now Father Pascual. I have developed a lot of relationships in this parish and in the OLGC school community and I have a love for this school and this parish. I had no hesitation accepting my position as Our Lady of Good Counsel School as the Religion Teacher. I look forward to be a part of OLGC school staff and look forward to serve my staff, the students, and families."
Melody Anzai was born and raised on Oahu. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities concentration in Art and Religious Studies from Chaminade University. She has worked at OLGC School as a preschool teacher assistant, after school care program leader and summer program teacher. Miss Anzai has worked with children for over five years as a Korean language pre/kindergarten teacher, first Holy Communion catechist, altar service coordinator, vocation ministry coordinator, and director of religious education at the Korean Catholic Community of Hawaii. She has been blessed to witness how Catholic education can provide students. “I believe that each child has unique characteristics, backgrounds and talents. It is important to not only nurture each child's intelligence, but also their social, emotional and spiritual growth. Teaching at OLGC school allows me to include all of these areas in my lessons across the curriculum. Joining OLGC School is a blessing. I feel that God has a plan for me and I am walking in faith to do his work. I am excited to develop positive relationships with our students, faculty and the OLGC ohana.”
Rayette Badua-Villamor was born and raised in Nanakuli, Hawaii by her mother Bernadette Kurch and her late father, Remigio Badua. She holds a special bond with her 7 sisters and 3 brothers. Rayette attended Nanaikapono Elementary School and graduated from Kamehameha Kapalama Campus. She continued higher education with 2 years of college at the University of Hawaii West Oahu where she studied Psychology and is currently enrolled as a student at The University of Phoenix earning her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education.
Before being hired at Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Rayette kept busy as a full time student, a cashier, a sales representative, a food runner, and an afterschool care lead at Island Pacific Academy. In November 2010, she was hired as a full-time Preschool assistant. Her past service to the school includes teacher assistant in Preschool 3 and 4 and grades 2-3 and after school care teacher.
Rayette currently serves the children in Preschool through grade 8, as the school’s "21st Century Librarian". Her role supports the rapid increase of electronic resources and the accompanying metadata that chart those resources for easier navigation. She has been working on digitizing and organizing the newly renovated library and will be collaborating with all classroom teachers and students to provide efficient navigation of selected topics.
Tori Bautista has lived on Oahu all her life. She’s a graduate of Pearl City High School and continued higher education at Leeward Community College, University of Hawaii and earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Chaminade University in December 2001. Her professional work began in the Department of Education at Kapolei Elementary School and Leihoku Elementary School teaching grades 1-3 where she taught for five years. While teaching in the DOE, she also became actively involved in our parish, Our Lady of Good Counsel, receiving her sacraments through RCIA in 2002, becoming a lector and a catechist for First Holy Communion.
“When my husband, Oscar, and I were blessed with our first child, Alyssa, and she was ready for preshool, there was no question where she would attend. This is when I also was blessed to be the 3rd grade teacher, here at Our Lady of Good Counsel School. I have been here since 2006 and currently teach 7th Grade, along with 6-8th grade math and have the opportunity to work alongside two amazing women on our team!! My husband and I have two children, Alyssa and Anthony, who are altar servers at OLGC, and we spend much of our time together at soccer, baseball fields and basketball courts. It is truly a calling to be a teacher and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world...to be able to touch the lives of the children I teach and help to bring God’s message of love & service to them is my passion.”
Warren Cabading is from Oahu, Hawaii. He attended the University of Hawaii and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Education in the year 2000. While in college and at the age of 23, he came to know the Lord. As he grew in the Lord; so did his passion for Praise and Worship. This passion for music allowed him to be part of a music ministry that preached the Gospel to a multitude of youth in several states. His blessings continued and led him to be a part of a Christian Punk Rock Band that toured the State of Hawaii and various parts of the mainland. The band was nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award and they claimed a “Hawaii Music Award” for Best Ska Band.
During those times, he also attended classes at UH to earn an Education degree. As his touring band career ended; his career as teacher began. He started teaching at Our Lady of Good Counsel School as the computer teacher and for three years before transferring to Kapolei High School where he taught Graphic Arts for five years. He returned to Our Lady of Good Counsel as the fifth grade teacher.
Maria Cristobal is Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Preschool Teacher’s Assistant. She was born in the Philippines and moved to the island of Hawaii with her family at a young age. She is blessed with a loving husband and an amazing daughter. She attended Cannon’s International Business College in Honolulu. Maria has been working for the Diocese of Honolulu for 14 years as a Teacher’s Assistant.
Donna Daligcon was born in Hawaii and raised in Oceanside, California with a military upbringing. “During the summers of my elementary school years, my parents would send my sisters (Darlene, Danette, Doreen and Diana) and I to our grandparents’ plantation house in Pakala, Kauai. "It was such a blessing to experience my Filipino culture with my Daligcon Family!”
After graduating from Oceanside High School, she moved to Nu’uanu, Oahu and she describes that time as a blessing to live with her Grandma Edna Pe’a - Nahale to kokua Ohana. She was able to learn and enjoy the Hawaiian Style life and further her education. Donna attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Human Resources and Early Childhood. While in the UH student mentorship program, she taught Physical Education classes at the Maryknoll Grade School under the outstanding guidance of Mrs. Pattie Heatherly. In 1992, she was hired by Sr. Davilyn Ah Chick as the Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director of Our Lady of Good Counsel School.
Alyce Dodge came to OLGC in 2016 as Art teacher. She comes from a family of artists. She was raised in Pearl City (her siblings all went to OLGC) and later Honolulu (they attended Maryknoll grade school and public schools). Her family mostly lives on Oahu, with some on the Leeward coast, some on the Windward side, some in town, and some family in CA. Alyce is blessed with one daughter, Maya, who got married last summer. She also enjoys pets and puppets.
Alyce has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and two years of graduate study in Art Education and Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaii. Right out of college she taught in Japan, where she lived with her husband and where her daughter was born. Alyce worked with the Honolulu Academy of Arts for over 25 years. For 10 of those years, she was an Art Ambassador to schools all over the island. She also taught with DOE for 5 years. Besides OLGC, she is currently an Artist-in-the-Schools teaching artist with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Alyce thanks the Good Lord for the many years of teaching art to children and making art - work that she loves. She believes that great art can show us our values; about ourselves as beloved children of God and about our place in God's Creation. As our diocese website on education states: "Great art can express the highest aspirations of the human spirit."
Matilda “Nellie” Enos was born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines and arrived to Hawaii where she grew up in Pearl City with her parents, sister, and two brothers. Nellie has been married to her wonderful husband,Tay Enos for 32 years and they’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters, two sons-in-law, a grandson named Zealand, and they are awaiting their granddaughter’s arrival this winter. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, sewing, and relaxing with her family’s furry members, Brutus and Ace. Her daughters are alumnae of OLGC School and she became a staff member while they were students. One day, she was approached by the after-school teacher, the late June Carvalho, who asked if she wanted to work at the school. Nellie began her work at OLGC School in 1991 as a teacher’s assistant and eventually became the school’s office receptionist. Besides serving in the office, Nellie also aids ill or injured students, prepares the daily milk, and prepares the copies of the weekly Thursday memos.
She refers to OLGC School as her second home and says, “Being able to work with such great people really makes each day fun and worthwhile!” Her philosophy is, “Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still, or rough and rigid, but in the end, it’s always beautiful.”
Catherine Garnsey hails from Cold Spring, NY, a small community 50 miles north of New York City on the east side of the Hudson River across from West Point Military Academy. After a house fire in 2014, she and her family moved to Mililani, HI to live with her Army Special Forces son and his ohana until the house could be re-built. Catherine and her husband and high school sweetheart, Rob, liked Oahu so much that they decided to sell the NY house and stay in Hawaii. They are parishioners of St. John Apostle & Evangelist Catholic Church in Mililani.Catherine has a BA in Behavioral Science from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, along with both New York State and Hawaii State teaching licenses in Elementary Education (grades K-6) and Special Education (grades K-12.) She also holds a Masters of Religious Education from Franciscan University in Lodi, NJ. Her career began 17 years ago teaching 3rd grade at St. Joseph's School in Croton Falls, NY. Catherine is delighted to be the new Grade 3 teacher at Our Lady of Good Counsel School. "My students are wonderful and the pastor, faculty and staff are so gracious and supportive," she says. "I know that God sent me to teach at this school because it feels like I have come home again."
Theresa “Teri/ Miss Nic” Nicolas is OLGC School’s longest-running staff member, serving since the start of the 1991 school year! She and her husband, Leroy Nicolas, Jr. have two sons who are graduates of OLGC School and continued their education at Iolani and Damien. Teri has two grandsons and one is currently enrolled in the OLGC Kindergarten. She currently serves the school as the office secretary, but she willingly serves the school in many other ways. Teri also comforts ill or injured students and assists in students’ general needs. The staff looks forward to her hospitality and extra joy she puts into preparing staff events like in-service, faculty and staff gatherings, and office and school liturgical and seasonal decorations that puts the entire community in a cheerful spirit.
Miss Jo Ann is OLGC School's morning care teacher, Kindergarten-Grade 2 Aide, and preschool after school care teacher. She is blessed with two young adult daughters Nicole and Nellani Tabada, who are also active with ministries in the church. Jo Ann began as a salesclerk and she was a bank teller for many years. As a teacher, she has grown a love of working with children. She is a Eucharistic minister, an adorer in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel on Sundays, active in the Filipino Ministry and Fellowship Ministry, and a member of Missionary Basic Christian community.
Genette Perreira, born and raised a cradle Catholic in Kalihi, is our Preschool 4 teacher. Mrs. Perreira is an alumna of Sacred Hearts Academy and attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Returning to Hawaii, she graduated from the University of Hawaii in Medical Technology and interned at Tripler Army Medical Center. Her past employment includes DOE school health aide, Parents and Children Together health assistant, Kamehameha Schools Parent Educator and Tutu and Me teacher. She is married and has three adult children and four grandsons. Her eldest son serves as a priest in Guam.
The parish ministries she is actively involved in are Lector, RCIA, catechist, Filipino Catholic Ministry and a small group scripture sharing community. She volunteers for Vacation Bible School and is trained in Love Ed. Her interests include singing and vermiculture.
Bernice Quidayan is Our Lady of Good Counsel's Kindergarten Teacher. She was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Hawaii with her husband 5 years ago. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She was a First Grade Teacher for two school years and a fifth Grade teacher for one school year. Her recent work includes skill training and worked as a Registered Behavior Technician for Hawaii Behavior Health from 2013-2016. She has also worked for a year as an Autism Education Assistant for the Department of Education.
Nellani Tabada grew up in Pacific Palisades in a multi-generational extended family home. She is the youngest daughter of Jo Ann Pamplona and younger sister of Nicole. Nellani serves OLGC School as the Kindergarten-Second Grade after school care teacher and she shares her musical talent with the entire school by helping in the choir.
Nellani was initiated into the Catholic Church and started serving in Church ministries at age 7. She is currently involved in Young Adult Ministry, Stewardship Committee, and a faithful Eucharistic Adorer.
She first began work at OLGC School in 2005 as an after school care teacher and teacher's assistant and left in 2007 to do full time ministry with youth and young adults in Kailua and Honolulu with InHim Ministries. Although she was not on staff, Nellani continued services and volunteered at the school to help the office and teachers throughout the years until returning to work in 2017.
Sylvia Tsuda brings more than 22 years of teaching experience in public and Catholic school education in Hawaii and Guam. She began her educational career as a Language Arts teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Master’s degree in Education from the Chaminade University of Honolulu. While working at Saint Anthony School, a premier Catholic elementary/middle school on Guam, she started the S.H.O.U.T. (Students Helping Out) program in partnership with the Bank of Hawaii which was an Islandwide private and public program that promotes community service.
After six years of service, she moved, with her family, to Hawaii where she has been with Our Lady of Good Counsel School since 2001 to the present. She started as a kindergarten teacher then moved to the 4th grade, then 5th grade and is now the 6th-grade homeroom and science teacher.
She started the school’s participation in the HAIS (Hawaii Academy of Independent Schools) Science Fair program in 2013. An average of eight students a year move on to represent the school in the HAIS District Science. During this period five students have moved onto the State Science Fair.
“I have tried to promote awareness of environmental sustainability through our science curriculum. I then take the instruction out of the classroom and connect to practical applications such as beach ecosystem awareness and clean-ups. My fellow colleagues Ms. Amano, Mrs. Bautista and I have led our students to participate with Malama Maunalua in the removal of invasive algae from Maunalua Bay.”
Kathleen Weber and her husband have lived on the Windward side of Oahu for two years with their four year old daughter. She is originally from Perth in Western Australia and has lived in the United States for 6 years. Her education includes a Bachelor of Education (major: Accounting), a Graduate Certificate in Business (major: Human Resource Management) and she is currently completing her Master of Education (major: Educational Leadership).
The bulk of her teaching career has been teaching Information Technology and Business Education at Iona Presentation College in Perth. This is an order-owned school of the Presentation Sisters with an enrollment of 1,000 girls. In her thirteen years at the College, she went from classroom teacher to Head of Grade Twelve to Career and Enterprise Coordinator. Earlier in her career, she worked for the Sisters of Mercy and also lived in the United Kingdom, teaching at Guernsey Grammar School.
In her role at Our Lady of Good Counsel, she will be assisting in the implementation of the Chromebook program and instructing K-8 students in Information Technology. "The challenges of this position are exciting and I am looking forward to integrating digital devices across the curriculum at Our Lady of Good Counsel."