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 through the word of God.”
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.”
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 put 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.
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 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.”
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.”