Learning Endeavors is a non-profit organization with 501c3 status. Learning Endeavors seeks to develop innovative solutions for education by creating and managing education programs for students, teachers, and communities of Hawai’i.
The Learning Endeavors Team
Diana Papini Warren, MS Ed
Executive Director & Founder
Diana has been involved in innovative education programs throughout her career. After eight years of teaching students and teachers how to effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning in school environments, she assisted with the development and facilitation of the Hawaii Department of Education Advanced Technology Research Branch’s Technology and Telecommunications for Teachers (T3) program, a hybrid (online & f2f) professional development program for teachers statewide. Diana also led the development and launch of the Maui Digital Bus program for Akimeka LLC, a mobile science and technology platform engaging thousands of students of Maui County in field-based, hi-tech scientific inquiry each year. The program continues on under new leadership at Alaka’ina Foundation. Subsequently, Diana worked as a Project Manager for the Maui Economic Development Board Inc.’s Women in Technology Project. She was instrumental in the development of the GeoTech for Hawaii Schools statewide initiative, training teachers statewide in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and GPS. She also directed the development of the Island Energy Inquiry place-based science curriculum for grades 5-8, facilitated the development of the online version of the curriculum, and trained teachers statewide in the use of curriculum and the companion kits which included solar panels, wind turbines, and energy monitoring equipment. Diana was the STEM Resource Teacher for the Hawaii Department of Education Maui District, supporting twenty Maui schools in the effective implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She maintains the Maui STEM blog and Google Maui STEM Community. Diana was also the Director of School Engagement for Project Lead The Way for Hawai’i and the Pacific, supporting the use of PLTW STEM curriculum for K12.
Diana is pleased to lead ongoing development of Learning Endeavors. Please don’t hesitate to contact her to forge new partnerships or to make a donation to the cause.
Education Program Coordinator
Born and raised on Oahu and currently residing on Maui, Denby Freeland-Cole has been working with students outdoors for over 10 years. Her career path has involved the arts and environment in Hawaii including positions at the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Hawaii Nature Center and the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.
In addition to working with environmental education and art education, Denby began learning and practicing the art of kapa in 2007. Her kapa reflects her respect for Hawaiian culture and environment through an early Hawaiian medium. Denby graduated from Punahou School on Oahu, earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington, and her Master’s degree in Education at Heritage College, Washington.
Operations & Media Specialist
When she is not on the skating rink competing with her roller derby team, Willow is busy with her active six year old son, River, and her husband. Willow supports the media and operations for Citizen Science Hawai’i, ensuring bus transportation gets students out into the field and back to school safely, equipment is ordered and ready to go, and hi-tech Citizen Science can happen seamlessly.
Board of Directors
Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D.
Joseph is an Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., the leading company in Geographic Information Systems Software design and management. He supports the effective use of GIS software and spatial thinking in education in a variety of ways, including creating curriculum, publishing books and articles, nurturing educational partnerships, conducting workshops internationally, and conducting research. Joseph has presented annually at the National Council for Geographic Education, the Association of American Geographers, the Geographical Association, the National Science Teachers Association, the ESRI User Conference, and others.
Susan is the Owner of Susan Kim Coaching LLC. She offers one-on-one coaching, customized trainings, workshops and a series of online programs, serving both individuals as well as organizations. After completing her Bachelors in Education at Cornell University, Susan completed her Masters in Communication, Computing and Technology in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. In 2007, she was honored by the Small Business Administration as Maui County’s Home-Based Business Champion of the Year.
Vicki is the Director of Fun,2,3 Preschool in Kula, Hawaii. After earning an A.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education, she worked in the state-of-the-art college lab school, a parent co-op that was in high school, an infant/toddler center, two schools that were very much like her current Fun, 2, 3 Preschool. She started her first pre-school business called The Sandbox School in Santa Barbara. After moving to Maui in 1988, she joined a parent co-op preschool in Haiku. In 1991, she founded Fun, 2, 3 Pre-school, an din 1994 moved its location to the Kula Hospital Grounds where it still is today. She is a believer of life-long learning and has taken further professional development courses and workshops at University of Hawaii Maui College. In addition, she served on the board of the Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children, serving as the Upcountry Maui Liaison, vice president, State Board representative, and President. She has been on the Good Beginnings Community Council and has been the Maui representative for Kia’I ka ‘ike, a statewide Preschool Directors association.