Board Members


Rosa Bell, President

IMG-3545.JPGOriginally from Panamá, Rosa Bell is a Spanish Language instructor at James Campbell High School. Rosa is also a Sponsor of the Hispanic Honor Society Capítulo Infusión Latina de Campbell, a member of The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), and a member of The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).


IMG_0466Diana Cristina Williams, President-elect

Mrs. Diana Cristina Williams is a Spanish Teacher at Waipahu High School, where she has been teaching since 2012. Mrs. Williams is passionate about the power of reading in second language acquisition and her style of teaching is based on a comprehensible input approach. She was born and raised in México.


Nancy Wysard, Communications Coordinator & Poster Contest Coordinator



Nancy Wysard is originally from Puerto Rico and is the World Language Coordinator and a Spanish 2,3,4/IB instructor at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu.


Purificación García, Treasurer



Originally from Madrid, Spain Puri García is a Spanish instructor at Hoala School.



Jami Higashi-Lee, National Spanish Exam Coordinator



Jami Higashi-Lee is a Spanish instructor at Pearl City High School on ‘Oahu.



Guía Melo, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica State Director

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Guía Melo is the Head of the World Language Department and  has been a Spanish instructor at ‘Iolani School for 26 years. With over 30 years of teaching experience, she holds a B.A. in Spanish,  an M.A. in Spanish Language & Literature and an M.Ed. in Educational Foundations. Guía also serves as a College Board Advanced Placement Reader, an ACTFL-HALT State Advocacy Team Member  and as an Advocacy & Leadership Co-Leader for the Hawai‘i Language Roadmap Initiative. She has worked tirelessly for the Hawai‘i AATSP Chapter over the years and has served several terms as President and as National Spanish Exam Coordinator. Additionally, she was named the AATSP  Outstanding Secondary  School Teacher of the Year in 2011 and was honored with the Hawai‘i Association of Language Teachers Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.


Rachel Mamiya Hernandez, Past President & Webmaster

IMG_9426Rachel Mamiya Hernandez is an instructor of Portuguese, Spanish, & Latin American and Iberian Studies in the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas (LLEA) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Currently she is serving on the AATSP Board of Directors as Portuguese Representative