Teachers

Kristi Bodzioch – Kindergarten

kristi@hopetech.org

Kristi Bodzioch earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University. She has been working at Hope Technology School since 2010. Kristi also runs the preschool after school program. She is married and has two boys who also attend HTS. Kristi has a passion for children and is excited to be part of the HTS program.

Kim Murray – First & Second Grade

kim@hopetech.org

Kim Murray joined our staff in 2005. Kim studied Art at the University of Hawaii and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1995. She went on to earn her Elementary Teaching Certificate in Regular Education.  After completing the program, she began teaching Visually Impaired students at a middle school while simultaneously enrolled in a state funded program training teachers in the area of Mild-to-Moderate Disabilities in Special Education. As a result, the State of Hawaii awarded her a Special Education Endorsement for her Teaching Certificate. She has also taught in the special day class setting in Hawaii and California for grades three through five. Kim is comfortable working with a range of students’ needs and abilities.

Alyssa Barker – Third Grade

alyssa@hopetech.org

Alyssa received her B.A degree in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her master’s and credential in special education with a focus on mild to moderate disabilities. She has over 7 years of work experience working with children with special needs in inclusive environments. She is very passionate and eager to learn and apply various tools in order to help students to thrive both academically and socially.

Gina Kiyuna – Fourth Grade

gina@hopetech.org

Gina has been trained in ABA (applied behavioral analysis, TEACCH, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and in facilitating Integrated Play Groups. She has also been through a number of trainings and workshops for GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science), the California Reading and Literacy Project, and Tribes (fostering classroom community and inclusion). Gina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. She holds two California credentials: a regular education multiple subject CLAD (Cross-Cultural Language Academic Development) credential, as well as a special education communication-handicapped credential, with an emphasis in deaf education. In 1999, Gina received her Master’s degree in Special Education, with an emphasis in deaf education from San Francisco State University.

Kirsten Dillon – Middle School

kirsten@hopetech.org

Kirsten has been working with children for over 10 years. She has worked in home based, clinical, and educational settings. She also has spent many hours volunteering in an inclusive soccer program as a lead coach. Kirsten worked as a para-educator for several years and is currently the 5th grade teacher at our school.  Kirsten received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cal State University East Bay in Human Development, with an emphasis in Childhood Development. In 2013 she also attained her Master’s Degree and teaching credential in Mild to Moderate Special Education from San Francisco State University.

Howard Kiyuna – Middle School

howard@hopetech.org

Howard has taught at Hope Technology School since its inception in 2001. Since then he has been nominated to the “Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers” for three consecutive years.He has a Masters Degree in Mild-to-Moderate Special Education and a teaching credential in Mild-to-Moderate Special Education from San Francisco State University. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, with a minor in Music, from California State University, Sacramento.  During his 13 years of working in Early Childhood Education, he has worked as a Head Teacher, Site Supervisor, and as a case manager for various county agencies.

Bob Moos – Middle School

bob@hopetech.org

Bob earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Portland State University. He has been teaching at Hope Technology School since 2002. Prior experience includes teaching 3rd through 5th grade at a school that specializes in working with children with Specific Language Disabilities. Bob is trained and certified to teach the Slingerland Method, which is a sequential, simultaneous, multi-sensory approach to teaching language arts.Bob’s vision and experience in working with individual children integrates perfectly into the inclusion program at HTS. He is constantly on the lookout for the ways that each child can grow and learn, and how he can help them to meet their full potential.

Adelaide Vincent – Middle School

adelaide@hopetech.org

delaide Vincent began as a volunteer at Hope Technology School in 2006. She worked as a teaching assistant at HTS from 2009-2012, teaching science at the middle school level. After receiving her graduate degree and teaching credential, Adelaide is now a the 7th grade homeroom teacher as well as the science teacher for all middle school grades. Adelaide received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Rhetoric and her Master’s Degree and teaching credential in Mild to Moderate Disabilities at San Francisco State University in 2013.

Christian Trifforiot – Vocational Education Instructor

christian@hopetech.org

Christian received his B.A. degree in Psychology. He is currently pursuing his Masters and credential in special education with a focus in mild to moderate disabilities. Over the past 8 years he has worked with special needs children in various inclusive settings. He loves the outdoors and being physically active and enjoys helping students participate in a healthy lifestyle.