JoAnn Wong-Kam, Ed.D., has been named managing director of Kamehameha Schools’ Hoʻolaukoa Department. Wong-Kam recently served as interim managing director and a senior education consultant with Kamehameha’s Office of the Executive Vice President of Education. In her permanent role, Wong-Kam will lead the important work of Hoʻolaukoa to support the KS educational system while continuing to co-lead the Kealaʻula Innovation Institute (KI‘I).
“I look forward to JoAnn’s continued leadership and drive as she guides Hoʻolaukoa to its next level of development to provide strategic support to our kula, alaka`i, kumu and haumāna,” said Dr. Holoua Stender, executive vice president for Education.
“JoAnn’s exemplary leadership skills and the innovation and expertise of her talented Ho`olaukoa group will help propel the strategic and tactical work and E Ola! Learner Outcomes of our campuses and preschools to become a world-class, Hawaiian culture-based educational system.”
Wong-Kam is a published researcher and has consulted with numerous Department of Education (DOE) and private schools throughout Hawaiʻi including Pukalani Elementary, Keaʻau High School, Hawaiian-focused charter schools, Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy and Kamehameha Schools.
“I have been privileged to work with the dedicated members of Hoʻolaukoa these past five months as the interim managing director,” said Won-Kam. “Their thoughtful efforts and their individual talents have been an inspiration to me. As Phil Jackson has said, ‘The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.’ I look forward to continuing the work with this great team as Kamehameha Schools moves forward as a world class Hawaiian culture-based education system.”
Formerly, Wong-Kam was the Junior School Supervisor for kindergarten and first grade at Punahou School, a member of the Ka Hui Heluhelu Board of Directors, belonged to the steering committee of the National Council of Teachers of English and was a longtime elementary teacher at Punahou and Kamehameha elementary schools.
As an accomplished and published researcher, Wong-Kam is widely known for her application of neuroscience research to education, technology integration, mathematics education, design thinking, sustainability, writing and reading instruction.
Wong-Kam is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she received her B.Ed., M.Ed. and Professional Diploma in elementary education, and the University of Southern California where she received her Ed.D. in educational leadership.
STRATEGIC PLAN 2020
SP2020 is a five-year strategic plan that will guide Kamehameha Schools from 2015 to 2020. The plan marks a starting point toward KS’ Vision 2040, which envisions success for all Native Hawaiian learners.
This partnership aligns with Goal 2 of SP2020 as KS aims to improve education systems for Native Hawaiian learners. The project also aligns with Action 1 of Kamehameha’s Ten Actions for fiscal year 2016-2017 which calls for advancement as a world-class KS school system.