Administration and Support
Michael StubbsHead of School
Originally from Maui, Michael lived in New York for 20-plus years where he completed his undergraduate degree at Ithaca College. During his college years he enrolled in a language and cultural immersion program in Seville, Spain and, as a result, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. He then moved to New York City and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville College. For seven years he put his education to work and taught various subjects including language arts, math, social studies and special education within two bilingual middle and high schools in Manhattan. He eventually found his way back to Maui and Kihei Charter School. At KCS, he taught humanities and Spanish for two years at the middle and high school divisions before stepping into an interim position directing the high school. As a result of his hard work and success, Mr. Stubbs was recently named the Director of the High School. As director, his goal is always to uphold the school’s mission and place the well being of students as his highest priority.
Cheryl ZarroFinance Director
Cheryl is a founder of Kihei Charter School and has dedicated time and efforts over the past 20 years towards
establishing and then growing Kihei Charter School, first as a volunteer, later Cheryl joined as an employee of
Kihei Charter School in 2004.Entrepreneurial endeavors have driven her to participate in diverse businesses
over the years and youth programs: She has experiences as a business owner and manager. Cheryl is active
in the community, and is currently serving on the Board of South Maui Learning ‘Ohana, Inc. the founding
organization of Kihei Charter School. She is the proud mother of seven, three of whom are KCS alums, and
David KannewurfAthletic Director
Dave is originally from St. Louis, MO. Dave was a three-sport athlete while in high school and college. He received his B.S. in Education with a minor in Business from Central Methodist University. Dave has 41 years in the Educational field. His first 26 years he spent as a business teacher as well as a Head Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field. Dave was also a competitive runner and ran for Reebok, Asics and Nike from 1985-2002. The last 15 years, Dave has been a Director of Student Activities & Athletics, an Athletic Director and now an Athletic Coordinator. He received his National Certification (Certified Athletic Administrator) in 2012. In 2015, he left the mainland to take a position on Oahu prior to moving to Maui in 2018. In 2019, Dave accepted the position at Kihei Charter School as the Athletic Coordinator. As Athletic Coordinator he strongly believes in combining athletics and academics to develop the “whole child”. His challenge to everyone is, “Know your Why” and allow that to motivate you.
Ellen FederoffActing High School Director, Head Coach-Paddling
Ellen received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California and her Masters in Teaching from Loyola Marymount University. Prior to joining the Kihei Charter School ‘ohana, she spent 10 years teaching 6th grade in Lawndale, California and six years as the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Maui Digital Bus. She is credentialed in both the State of Hawaii and California. Mrs. Federoff is originally from Southern California, where she played semi-professional volleyball for many years. She is now a very active paddler as she races outrigger canoes year-round, is the Program Manager of Kihei Canoe Club’s Na Opio program. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Na Wahine Ho`omana, a non-profit women’s support group here on Maui.
John ColsonEducational Consultant
John brings to KCS over 35 years of management and teaching experience in both private and conversion charter schools. John, who has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Counseling originally came to Hawaii in 1973 on a basketball scholarship and returned to work for Chaminade in student services and coaching prior to joining Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) in 1979. His wealth of experience at HPA and other prominent schools (Maui Prep, Kamehameha, Waimea Middle, Hualalai Academy and Kanu o ka ‘Aina) includes teaching, coaching, dorm parent, counselor, Dean, Principal, Headmaster and fund raiser. "I believe strongly in a set of Core Values that drive me and my schools."
Leslie BaldridgeK8 Director
Leslie currently serves as the Director of the Elementary and Middles Schools. She has been with KCS for over 10 years and served in a variety of positions. Mrs. Baldridge is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Child/Adolescent Psychology. Additionally, she holds a graduate degree is in Elementary Education and is licensed to teach Elementary and Special Education K-6, with additional certification in grades 5-9 Mathematics.
Lisa WhittenStudent Services Coordinator, 504 Care Coordinator, ELL Coordinator
Lisa joined the Kihei Public Charter School (KPCS) staff in 2015. Born and raised on the island of Maui, Lisa grew up attending public schools on Maui's West Side; graduating from Lahainaluna High School. She then obtained an Associate of Liberal Arts at UH Maui College, a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix (Maui campus), and a Master of Education in School Counseling from Liberty University. Lisa is nearly finished working on an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction/Special Education from Liberty University. She enjoys traveling, picnics, and watching movies with her family. Two of Lisa's three children graduated from KPCS and went on to college. Her youngest is still in elementary school, and Lisa looks forward to eventually seeing her daughter also learn 21st Century Skills at KPCS.
Phill SchmidtIT Director
Phill adds his expertise in technology and experience, working for KCS since its first year. He has served the technology needs of the school for 20 years. He has multiple Microsoft certifications and Cisco security ratings. A graduate of Texas State University. Phill is dedicated to providing a secure and safe digital environment for all of KCS's students to thrive and reach their potential.