ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY is excited to welcome Dr. Brandy Sato as its new secondary principal. Sato will succeed Michelle Bradley, the school’s interim secondary principal.
Head of School Gerald Teramae acknowledged “Mrs. Michelle Bradley for stepping up and doing an amazing job as our interim secondary principal for this school year. Also, a sincere appreciation to Mr. Andrew Marchetto-Ryan for being a terrific team player and assuming the responsibilities of both our College, Career and Life Readiness Counselor and our Dean of Students in the Secondary Division. Both Mrs. Bradley and Mr. Marchetto-Ryan have done terrific jobs in their positions.” Bradley will resume her role as secondary vice principal, and Marchetto-Ryan will resume his role as the college, career and life readiness counselor.
Sato will start her new role at Island Pacific Academy on July 1, 2020. She is currently the vice principal at Sacred Hearts Academy.
Sato will bring significant levels of experience from multiple education roles both nationally and locally, which include being a teacher, curriculum coordinator, vice principal, and assistant superintendent.
“As we continue to aim to be a premiere independent school in the nation, I will look to Dr. Sato for her expertise to lead and create an excellent learning experience that is student-centered, in a community where values matter,” added Teramae.
“I have been privileged to work with extraordinary people and successful organizations throughout my twenty-year career in PK-12 education,” said Sato. “Through my various experiences, I’ve learned the importance of putting people first. Strong and trusting relationships within the school community are key to accomplishing great things for our students. Pūpūkāhi I Holomua is an ‘Ōleo No’eau, or Hawaiian proverb, that means ‘unite to move forward’. I look forward to uniting with others at ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY to move our school forward next school year.
Her first efforts as secondary principal will be to meet the students, “they are the life of ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY. Additionally, I am eager to work with our teachers. Teachers are the heart of Island Pacific Academy.”
Sato added that from the minute she stepped on to campus to meet administrators and teachers she “immediately understood that the mission of the school focused on teaching students through a values-based educational approach. I could readily see how values were lived each day through the conversations I had with others. It truly felt like coming home to family.”
Sato earned her Bachelor of Arts in business administration and historical/political studies and masters’ degree in secondary education and teaching at Chaminade University of Honolulu, and holds a doctorate from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.