Mrs. Agbayani- PRESCHOOL 3 TEACHER
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.”
Mrs. Marife Argel- PRESCHOOL 3 TEACHER'S AIDE
Miss Esther Amano – GRADE 8 TEACHER/ LITERATURE 6-8
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.”
Miss Melody Anzai- GRADE 3 TEACHER / ART TEACHER K-3
Melody Anzai was born and raised on Oahu. She is in the process of receiving a Master of Education degree from Chaminade University. She has worked at OLGC School as a preschool teacher assistant, after-school care program leader, summer program teacher, fourth grade teacher, religion teacher (K-Gr. 3), and currently third grade teacher and art teacher (K-Gr. 3). Miss Anzai has worked with children for over eight 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 says she has been blessed to witness how Catholic education can provide students a strong background. “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.”
Miss Rayette Badua-Villamor- RESOURCES/ LIBRARY TEACHER GR. K-8
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’s 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.
Mrs. Tori Bautista- GRADE 7 TEACHER/ MATH 6-8 / SOCIAL STUDIES 6-7
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 Bachelor's 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 preschool, 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 taught 7th Grade, along with 6-8th grade math, and had the opportunity to work alongside two amazing women on our team!! I also had the pleasure of working as a preschool teacher for 2 years. My husband and I have two children, Alyssa and Anthony, who were once altar servers at OLGC Church , and we spend much of our time together at the beach, soccer and 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.”
Mr. Warren Cabading – IT TEACHER K-8 / ART TEACHER 4-8
Warren Cabading is from Oahu, Hawaii. He attended the University of Hawaii and graduated with a Bachelor's 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 a 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. Mr. Cabading's role as IT Teacher for grades Kindergarten- Grade 8 and Art for grades 4-8 began in the school year 2018-2019.
Mrs. Wendy Castillo – GRADE 1 TEACHER
Miss Donna Daligcon- PE Preschool – Grade 8 / Sports Director
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 and malama the Nahale 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
Mrs. Matilda Nellie Enos- RECEPTIONIST
Matilda “Nellie” Enos was born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines and arrived in 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 33 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.”
Mr. Jon Garcia- Bookkeeper
Miss Brie Haner- GRADE 4 TEACHER / MATH 5
Brie Haner was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She is blessed to have one sister, Morgan, and one nephew, Callen Joseph. After her graduation from high school, Brie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Murray State University in 2015. She then jumped into the Lalanne Program and received a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Dayton in 2017. After graduation, Brie felt a calling to the state of MddddHawaii. She quickly transitioned and began teaching at Our Lady of Good Counsel School in 2018.
“This is truly a sensational place to work and my dream job. I couldn’t imagine teaching anywhere else. This school is my family and my home away from home. I am so blessed to be here!”
Miss Michelle Johansen- GRADE 5 TEACHER / English & Social Studies GRADE 4
Michelle Johansen studied English at UH West Oahu and earned her Master of Education degree with the University of Phoenix. She was born and raised in Pearl City and graduated from Kamehameha School. You may recognize her from the Saturday Mass if you’re also an OLGC parishioner.
Mrs. Chantelle Luarca – PRINCIPAL
Mr. Dominic Olaso "Mr. D"- Campus Minister / Religion Teacher Gr. 4-8
Dominic Olaso was born in Germany; his parents were in the Military – Dad was from Kunia, Oahu and Mom was from Papaikou, Hawaii Island.
He attended grade school in California, Virginia, Kentucky, Washington, Papaikou and Germany; middle and high school in Hilo. Mr. D earned a double major in college - Bachelors of Business and a Bachelors of Economics from the University Of Hawaii, Hilo Campus.
In January 1995, he started teaching Religion at OLGCS. In 2017, he moved to Maryknoll Schools to be Campus Minister; but returned to OLGCS in 2019 to be Campus Minister.
He is also head of the Diocese Of Honolulu Evangelization TaskForce; a Charismatic Prayer Group Leader (Thursday Nights); worship leader for St. Pius X - 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass; and coordinator for Waikiki Hungry Ministries (Saturday Mornings)
He currently lives in Hawaii Kai with his wife (Mrs. Olaso – retired OLGCS Principal) and her mother. He has 3 kids, a son-in-law, and 3 grandchildren.
"GOD is at the center of my life. HE blesses me a lot (see my favorites). HE talks to me every day. I hope to be an instrument of HIS to help students, parents, and faculty and staff encounter GOD’s Love; and develop a personal relationship with HIM."
Mrs. Theresa Nicolas- SECRETARY
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 put the entire community in a cheerful spirit.
Ms. Jo Ann Pamplona "Ms. Jo Ann" – KINDERGARTEN AIDE /AFTER SCHOOL CARE PRESCHOOL
Miss Jo Ann is OLGC School's Kindergarten 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.
Mrs. Gennette Perreira – PRESCHOOL 4 TEACHER
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.
Miss Bernice Gemeniano- KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
Bernice Gemeniano is Our Lady of Good Counsel School’s Kindergarten Teacher. She was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Hawaii in 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2006 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010. She was a First-Grade Teacher for two school years and a Fifth-Grade teacher for one school year. She worked as a Registered Behavior Technician and a Skills Trainer for Hawaii Behavioral Health from 2013-2016. She has also worked as an Autism Education Assistant for the Department of Education.
Mrs. Cheryl Santos – PRESCHOOL 4 TEACHER
Cheryl Santos was born and raised on Oahu and earned her Bachelors degree from University of Southern California. She began her teaching career at KCAA-Laura Morgan, but spent 25 years at St. Philomena Early Learning Center. She is married to her husband Steven. Together, they are the proud parents of 3 daughters, Cheyne, Chanyn, and Stecya as well as 3 dogs- Squirt, Samson, & Scooter.
Miss Nellani Tabada – AFTER SCHOOL CARE K-2 / ON-CALL AIDE
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 where she is needed.
Nellani was initiated into the Catholic Church and started serving in Church ministries at age 7. She is a core team member of the Young Adult Ministry and loves to go to Eucharistic Adoration.
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.
Mrs. Sylvia Tsuda- GRADE 6 TEACHER / SCIENCE 6-8
Sylvia Tsuda brings more than 25 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 from 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.”
Mr. Michael Weaver "Mr. Mike" – AFTER SCHOOL CARE 3-8
Michael “Painahala” Weaver was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawaii and he is blessed with a beautifully complete family which includes his mother, father, older sister, younger sister, brother-in-law, and niece. Michael is a graduate of Assets High School. Through Assets’ mentorship program, he was able to teach at OLGC School alongside PE teacher, Ms. Donna Daligcon. It was this wonderful experience that influenced Michael’s return to serve on staff this year. Before being hired this year, he worked as an A+ monitor for grades Kindergarten-6th grade at Palisades Elementary School. In his free time, Michael enjoys going to the beach, farming, and watching college and NFL football. He especially enjoys providing his students with hands-on activities and he encourages outdoor sports to promote physical activity. Michael has also shared a recent vision to assist Ms. Daligcon in her efforts to begin a school garden which will involve all students of OLGC school to appreciate and experience cultivating the land and nurturing plants.
“I enjoy working at OLGC School because the students respect not only me but each other.”
Ms. Flora Yee - Recess & Health Teacher / Morning Care Monitor Gr. K-8
Miss Flora received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has been working with special needs children and has had the pleasure of doing what she loves for more than 10 years. Her journey to OLGC School began as a summer school PE teacher for 3 years.
"I was raised in Pearl City and graduated from Pearl City High School many moons ago. I’m the middle kid in my family. I am mom to the three most amazing kids: Logan, Julianna, and Ryan. I’m also mommy to my pup, Keoki. I am a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and involved in many ministries including Health, Homebound, and Stewardship.I love working out. Whether it’s a cardio session, a three-mile run, hiking with my kids, or weight training with my friends, I’m always ready to push myself"