Ms. Patricia (Trish) Champagne
Meet our new Principal! We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Champagne onboard to lead Konawaena Elementary.
Ms. Patricia (Trish) Champagne has been in the field of education for over 15 years. She joins Konawaena Elementary after serving at the West Hawaii Complex area as a District Educational Specialist (DES) in charge of Educator Effectiveness and the Instructional Leadership Teams. Prior to being a DES, she served as principal of Kohala Middle school for two years. She has fulfilled the role of vice principal at Kealakehe High and Konawaena Elementary before becoming a principal. Formerly she was a English teacher at Kealakehe High and Hilo High School.
Ms. Champagne received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and secondary education teaching credential from University of Hawaii Hilo. She also holds a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
Ms. Champagne views a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful teachers and students. She believes that all students can learn and that all students learn in different ways and at different rates. She believes that education is the passport to the future and that it takes partnerships with family, community and the school to ensure this happens with success.
During her free time, Ms. Champagne enjoys reading, walking her dog, and spending time with family.
Mrs. Dayne Snell-Quirit
Our brand NEW Temporarily Assigned Vice-Principal is Mrs. Dayne P. Snell-Quirit who kicked off 2019 by joining us here at Konawaena Elementary School as of January 7, 2019.
Mrs. Snell-Quirit has spent her entire teaching career (22 years) as a classroom teacher and Literacy Coach at Ho’okena Elementary School.
Mrs. Snell-Quirit received her Bachelor’s degree and elementary education teaching credential from the University of Hawaii Hilo. She also holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Literacy from National University.
Mrs. Snell-Quirit is an advocate for building Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) skills into classroom instruction, curriculum and school culture. These skills include: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision making and relationship building. She believes that SEL strategies create a healthy school culture, by helping students to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions.
As a mom, Mrs. Snell-Quirit enjoys supporting her 2 daughters Destiny age 18 a Senior at Konawaena High School and Cessily age 11 a sixth grader at Konawaena Middle School in their passion for hula. This keeps her super busy and has given her the opportunity to travel to many places around the world including Japan and Switzerland! In her free time, she loves to SHOP and hit the movie theaters with her family.