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Maryknoll School Presidential Search

President Search Update: December 22, 2020

Dear School Community Members,
The Maryknoll School Presidential Search Committee has been working diligently over the last several months, with consultants from RG175, on the President Search, and we are pleased to share our progress with our Maryknoll community.
After receiving numerous inquiries and formal applications, RG175 consultants Dr. Jim Scott and Ms. Doreen Oleson completed extensive interviewing and vetting to narrow the candidate pool to present to the Search Committee.  
In mid-December, the Search Committee reviewed the resumes and interviewed five strong semi-finalists. These interviews took place over two days and from those amazing individuals, we identified two finalists who will visit Maryknoll School in mid-January to meet the school board, administrators, and groups of faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni of Maryknoll School for further evaluation.  These finalists will also have the opportunity to meet with Diocesan leadership during this time.
Kevin C. Baxter, Ed.D., is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), residing in Hermosa Beach, California.
Shana Tong, M.Ed., is currently serving as Interim President of Maryknoll School and she and her family resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.
We and the Search Committee extend our congratulations to the finalists and send our sincere appreciation to all candidates who expressed an interest in Maryknoll School’s next president.
We are grateful to the RG175 team – Dr. Scott and Ms. Oleson, for their exceptional leadership in directing the search process.  We would also like to thank the Maryknoll School Presidential Search Committee for their dedication, professionalism, and commitment to our beloved school.
The final announcement of the next President of Maryknoll School is scheduled for February 2021, following final interviews and Diocesan approval process.
Sincerely and In Christ,         
Fr. EJ Resinto
Pastor, Sacred Heart Church & Maryknoll School
Paul Chinen ’57                                                   Alfred Wong
Co-Chair, Search Committee                            Co-Chair, Search Committee

Presidential Search Committee

List of 13 items.

  • Brigadier General Paul Chinen ‘57

    Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair
    Maryknoll Board Member Emeritus
    U.S. Army (Retired)
  • Mr. Alfred Wong

    Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair
    Former Maryknoll School Board Chair
    Maryknoll School Foundation Member
  • Father EJ Resinto

    Pastor, Sacred Heart Church &
    Maryknoll School
  • Mr. Peter Fong

    Maryknoll School Board Chair
    Attorney & Hawaii State Per Diem Judge
  • Mrs. Mi Kosasa

    Community Volunteer
    Vice Chair / Vice President - Marketing
  • Mrs. Christine Loomis ‘85

    Maryknoll Grade School Principal
    Current Maryknoll Parent
  • Mr. John Madriaga

    Maryknoll High School Principal
    Current Maryknoll Parent
  • Mrs. Anna Ono

    Maryknoll School Board Treasurer
    Current Maryknoll Parent
  • Mrs. Kathleen Perreira

    7th Grade Department Chair
    Middle School Teacher
  • Major General Darryll Wong ‘68

    Former Maryknoll School Board Member
    U.S. Air Force (Retired)
  • Mr. Derrick Wong ’68

    Maryknoll Alumni Association President
    Maryknoll School Board Member
  • Mrs. Kit-U Wong ‘06

    Maryknoll High School Academic Dean
    High School Teacher
  • Dr. Llewellyn Young

    Acting Superintendent, Hawaii Catholic Schools

Mrs. Shana Tong '83 named Interim School President

The Maryknoll School Board of Directors has also affirmed that Mrs. Shana Tong ’83, our current Vice President of Academic Affairs, will serve as Maryknoll’s Interim School President, effective July 1, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year until a new school president is named.

Mrs. Tong has been an educator at Maryknoll School for 29 of her 31 years of teaching in Hawaii Catholic education. She served as principal of the Grade School for 10 years prior to her appointment as vice president in 2017. Prior to serving as grade school principal, she also served as vice principal for three years and taught science in grades 1 to 6, middle school Language Arts, Religion, Japanese, and Public Speaking. She also taught self-contained classes in grades 2, 4 and 5 at Maryknoll, Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu and Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina.
Mrs. Tong holds a bachelor’s degree in speech and communications from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from Gonzaga University. She also holds a master’s degree in school administration from Chaminade University.
We are very confident in Mrs. Tong’s ability to lead our school community during this time of transition and challenge. She, along with the Maryknoll School Administration Team, will be working with current school president Mr. Perry Martin over the next three months to ensure a smooth and thoughtful transition. As a Maryknoll School alumna, Mrs. Tong has proven to be a vital and caring leader for Maryknoll School.


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