SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATES Overview
The following is an overview related to each of the two (2) finalists for Hawaii Public Schools Superintendent. It is not intended to be a complete and comprehensive review of all public information available on each candidate.
Dr. Linda Chen is currently the founder and managing director of Ikigai Educational Consulting, LLC, which provides educational consulting services to K-12 institutions and partners to impact all students through system-wide instructional leadership development and strategic curricular reform. She has served in a number of educational leadership roles in several large and diverse school districts, including the Chief Academic Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, Deputy Chief Academic Officer/Chief Curriculum and Instruction Officer for Boston Public Schools, and Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning for the Philadelphia School District. Dr. Chen has a history of working for equity for all students, particularly in the areas of English learners and special education. She earned a Doctor of Education from the Urban Education Leaders Program, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching - Reading and Writing, all from Columbia University Teachers College. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Washington. She has served as a teacher and a principal in Seattle and New York City public schools.
Dr. Christina Kishimoto is currently the Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer for Gilbert Public Schools in Gilbert, Arizona, a district with an enrollment of 36,500 students and an annual budget of $305 million. She has served in a number of educational leadership roles, including the Superintendent and Director of The Center for School Improvement & Leadership Development at Area Cooperative Education Services, and Assistant Dean of Student Services for Wesleyan University. Dr. Kishimoto has demonstrated experience with closing the achievement gap and developing substantial partnerships between public education and private business. She earned a Doctor of Education in Education Administration from Columbia University Teachers College, a Master of Public Administration in Public Affairs and Policy from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Barnard College.