Head of School
Tim Spurrier joined Holy Nativity School as the Head of School in 2012. His diverse background in education, communication, and business, as well as life experiences, led him to the leadership role at HNS. In twenty five years as an educator, he has served as the founder and Head of School of Waimea Country School on the Big Island and as the Head of School of Mead Hall Episcopal School in Aiken, SC.
Tim has also taught in the private and the public school sector in grades K-8. He is certified in elementary education and early childhood education. Tim developed curricula for public and private schools, as well as for the Department of Education in Hawaii and the East/West Center at the University of Hawaii. He has also been an instructor at several universities teaching humanities, communication, and education.
Tim is a graduate of Towson University earning a BS and a MA in communication with an emphasis in human performance. He graduated from the Loyola College ROTC program and was a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He earned his ECE certification from Stevenson University and his ELED certification from Morgan State University. Tim has earned a MA in educational leadership from Central Michigan University and is working on a doctorate in Education from the University of New England.
Director of Admission & Marketing
As the first-grade teacher at Holy Nativity from 2001-2004, Kelly Goheen loved watching her students grow each year. Since then, she has served as Director of Admission & Marketing as well as Assistant Head of School, and she has enjoyed having the opportunity to work with the greater school community. Kelly is excited to continue to welcome new families to our school,all the while helping our current students and families to fully benefit from all that HNS offers.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Kelly graduated from `Iolani and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Arizona State University and then her master’s degree in education administration from the University of Hawai`i-Manoa. She was a substitute teacher and a kindergarten lead teacher in Arizona before moving back home to Hawaii and joining HNS.
Principal/6th Grade Teacher
Jyo Bridgewater is the Principal of Holy Nativity School and the lead teacher in the 6th grade classroom. A graduate of Yale and NYU School of Law, she has been involved in child advocacy and education in a number of roles and settings. Her teaching career spans inner city public schools on the East Coast and independent schools in Hawaii, most recently serving as the K-8 principal at Assets School, its mission to serve gifted, dyslexic and twice exceptional students.
“I am looking forward to once again being a part of the Episcopal school tradition that balances high expectations with a deep love for the individual. In a complex and ever-changing landscape, elementary school is more important than ever. It is where we learn to work with others, turn knowledge into experience and experience into a principled life. And, of course, where we have fun! Please stop by so we can get to know each other as we begin this joyful work together.”
1st Grade Teacher
Jenna Visoria was born here in beautiful Hawaii, but was raised in Washington State. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology and her Master’s in Teaching from Washington State University.
Renee Shitanishi has been part of the HNS family since 2006, when she first started as an Assistant Teacher for the Summer School program. After graduating from Kaiser High School, she tested the waters at San Diego State University, only to find out she loved Hawai’i too much to stay away. She returned home after three semesters, and enrolled at the University of Hawai’i. Renee went on to graduate with her B.Ed in Elementary Education, and belongs to the Hawai’i Careers with Young Children registry.
2nd Grade Teacher
A graduate of Princeton University and Hahnemann University’s clinical psychology program, “Cat” Peterson believes in academic rigor and lots of fun. “The two go hand in hand. Acquiring real competence — in an academic subject, through music, or the arts — brings tremendous joy.”
A change-of-career elementary-school teacher, Cat has spent most of his professional life as a management consultant to Fortune 500 and International 1000 corporations. After a few months of teaching elementary school, he realized, “I should have made the change a decade ago. I enjoyed teaching adults. But I treasure teaching young people. There’s simply no comparison.” Cat has two sons, whom he raised as a single parent and home schooled for two years, and two step-sons.
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5th Grade Teacher
“I find nothing brings me greater joy than empowering our youth. Providing students with the skills and tools to make their dreams come true is my passion.”
Staci has been teaching fifth grade at Holy Nativity School since 2013. Prior to fifth grade, Staci taught in early childhood programs and elementary schools in Chicago, New Zealand and Iowa. A strong early childhood and human development advocate, Staci taught the Holy Nativity School Pre-Kindergarten class from 2006-2011.
Carol Lei Bendell-Wiers has taught from PreK to college level in her long career as a teacher, starting in the Chicago area, then in Copenhagen, Denmark and finally Hawaii. Carol was so fortunate as to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was immersed in an environment full of professional artists with new ideas regarding visual perception and art education. She is very interested in how we learn and always looking for ways to inspire her students.