Faculty & Staff
Mrs. Lota David was born and raised in the Philippines. She graduated from the Philippine Normal University with a degree Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood education. She taught as a kindergarten teacher at Mary Immaculate learning Center in Valenzuela, Philippines for two years and at Malabon elementary School for three years. Mrs. David moved to Hawaii with her husband in 2005 and is currently raising their two children. She was certified by the Hawaii State Department of Human Services as an Early Childhood as Director/Teacher. She completed the PACE program (Professional and Career Education for Early Childhood) provided by University of Hawaii. Mrs. David also earned certificates of training from HAEYC. She worked at Rosary Preschool, Waipio, Waipahu in 2011 as assistant teacher for the three years old for 3 years then became the lead teacher for 3 years. Mrs. David joined St. Elizabeth School Ohana in 2017. She is grateful for the work opportunity offered to her. This school year is her 4th year here at St. Elizabeth School as a preschool teacher. Her students love to call her aunty Lota. Mrs. David is blessed to be a part of this School Ohana.
Sister Esther Pagdato was born in the Philippines and has been teaching for 50 years. She celebrated her golden jubilee last year as a religious sister. Sister Esther graduated from the University of San Agustin, Iloilo City with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with units in High School Education, and a degree in School Administration from the University of San Francisco. Sister had been missioned in Kenya for 5 years as a Religious Education Advisor, taught in San Francisco at three different schools for many years, and has experienced teaching on Kauai, Maui, and Honolulu. Her last teaching assignment was at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Kalihi. Now, she is happy to be back at Saint Elizabeth School for the second time.
Celeste Fong was born and raised in Aiea, Hawaii. She is an alumna of St. Elizabeth Catholic School, class of 2007. She attended Aiea High School and then furthered her education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, receiving her Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education in 2015. This is her 6th year teaching at St. Elizabeth Catholic School. Celeste is also involved in athletics with the Catholic School League as a volleyball and basketball referee and scorekeeper. Celeste is a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Church and is part of the Pastoral Council, Altar Serving, Eucharistic, Lector, and Baptism Ministries. During her free time, she likes to be active by playing basketball, volleyball, and golf, and participating in outdoor activities. Celeste is also a basketball and volleyball coach at Aiea High School. She loves to cook and bake yummy dishes and desserts and she enjoys dancing hula and tahitian for her parish’s halau.
Sr. Fatima Joy A. Pasquin, OP was born and raised in Iloilo, Philippines. She joined the congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary in 2008. She made her final vows and became a Perpetually Professed member of the Congregation last year prior to her first journey to Hawaii. She went to Dominican College of Iloilo and graduated with a degree Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. She also earned a Certificate in Early Childhood Education at West Visayas State University, Philippines. She taught preschool at Holy Rosary Early Learning Center in Guimaras. She was certified by the Hawaii State Department of Human Services as an Early Childhood as Teacher. She attended PACE program (Professional and Career Education for Early Childhood) offered by University of Hawaii and earned certificate of credits. Sr. Fatima started working here at St. Elizabeth last year as an assistant preschool teacher. This school year she is going to be our awesome first grade teacher. Sister Fatima loves to grow vegetables. She takes care of our vegetable garden box here at St. Elizabeth School.
Gilda Angle was born and raised in the Philippines. She met her husband in the Philippines and married him in Hawaii. Mrs. Angle and her husband moved to California for a short stay as they both wanted to raise their children in Hawaii. Mrs. Angle gave birth to two handsome sons who are proud alumni of St. Elizabeth School. Before working at St. Elizabeth, she worked as a registered nurse at Straub & Pali Momi Hospitals. She has been employed at St. Elizabeth School for 20 years. Mrs. Angle says she loves the family atmosphere at SES and, being around the children and the awesome faculty & staff. Both she and her husband are active parishioners of St. Elizabeth Church.
Sister Myrle comes to us from the Philippines and this is her first time assigned here in Hawaii. She was born on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao in Davao City. She entered the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines. In 1980, Sister earned her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education at the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City and also graduated with an M.A. in Educational Management at Assumption College of Nabunturan, Davao de Oro. After graduation from College she was assigned back to her native place in Davao for 26 years, teaching both at the elementary and high school levels. She's been teaching professionally for almost 30 years. Teaching here at St. Elizabeth holds a special place in her heart.
Briana Nagasawa was born and raised in Waipahu, Hawaii. Briana is a recent graduate from the University of Hawaii West Oahu and has received a Bachelor's degree in Education. She is an alumna of St. Elizabeth School class of 2011. While attending St.Elizabeth she excelled in all her classes which translated to Highschool and through College. This will be her first year working as a 4th grade teacher. She is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to come back and teach at her alma mater.
Pamela Falasco (Hostallero) was born and raised in Aiea and is proud to say that she is part of the first graduating class of 1970 here at St. Elizabeth School. She graduated from St. Francis High School in 1974 (taught there for 4 years) and attended Dominican College, San Rafael, CA for two years. She returned home to Oahu to finish her degree in Religious Studies at Chaminade University. Mrs. Falasco has a son and a daughter and two granddaughters, the older one who is also a proud graduate of SES, class of 2019.
" Teaching at St. Elizabeth for the past 16 years is like coming full circle....coming back HOME."- Mrs.Falasco
Mrs. Luisa Lau, “Babette” as fondly called by colleagues was born in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. She was taught by the Augustinian nuns in her elementary and high school years and complete her college education with the La Salle brothers in the Philippines. She has earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree majoring in Economics and Marketing and a Graduate degree of Industrial Relations in Human Resources Development from University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City. Mrs. Lau worked in the Philippine government (office of the President), corporate and academe sector. She has more than 12 years in the academe sector in places like Kenya, Philippines , and United States.
"Education is the key to succeed in your dreams. Never stop learning" is a quote Luisa uses as inspiration for her students in moments of their learning challenges.
"SES is a family to me and a spiritual pillar to my journey" - Mrs.Lau
Mrs. Fowler was born and raised in Kalihi,Honolulu. She was a product of the Hawaii Catholic Schools system. She is an alumna of St. John the Baptist Catholic school. She was blessed and grateful for her education from her wonderful lay teachers and the Dominican Sisters. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech from the University of Hawaii, MA in Communication Studies from the California State University at Northridge, and a multiple subject teaching credential from California. Prior to her career at St. Elizabeth School, she taught undergraduate college level courses in public speaking and interpersonal communication for five years at UHM, CSUN, Pasadena City College, Los Angeles Mission College, and Ventura College. Upon returning home in 2004, she started teaching language arts and writing classes to grades 5, 7, and 8 at SES and has been the 8th Grade homeroom teacher for the past 3 years. She loves teaching young people and leaving a lasting impact in their lives in not only being a keen thinker and communicator but also a follower of God.
Sharon Nagasawa was born in Ewa Beach and raised in Wahiawa. She married her husband at Our Lady Sorrows Catholic Church and moved to Waipio Gentry. Prior to her employment at St. Elizabeth worked in the Medical Field. She has been employed at St. Elizabeth School for about 13 years. Her son and daughter are both graduates of St. Elizabeth School. Her daughter is starting her teaching career at St. Elizabeth School, teaching grade 4. Sharon loves working at St. Elizabeth School because of the feeling of "Ohana". She enjoys the students, parents & wonderful faculty & staff. She says she is so blessed to be part of an awesome community.