Early Learning Resource Teacher

Honolulu, Hawaii

Total years as a classroom teacher: 36


University of Hawaii at Manoa              Doctor of Philosophy in Education                                            2005
University of Hawaii at Manoa              Master of Education in Special education                                   1981
University of Hawaii at Manoa              Professional Diploma in Elementary Education                          1978
University of Hawaii at Manoa              Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology & Audiology              1977


2015 to present             Resource Teacher for public preschool, Executive Office on Early Learning
2014-2015                   P-3 Early Learning Specialist. Windward District Office
1994-2014                   Preschool Inclusion Teacher, Rev. Benjamin Parker School
1993-1994                   Special Education Resource Teacher, Rev. Benjamin Parker School
1981-1993                   Special Education Resource Teacher, Kailua High School
1978-1979                   3rd grade Teacher, Bloomington Christian School


2014               Hope Street Group Hawaii State Teacher Fellow
2012                National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification
2012                NEA Foundation Horace Mann Award/ Global Learning Fellow
2012                America Achieves National Teacher Fellow
2010                NSTA  Early Science Educator Award
2007                NAECTE Outstanding Early Childhood Practitioner
2003                National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification


  • Gillentine believes that the acts of teaching and learning are founded on significant, long-term personal relationships between teachers and students. Over time, this connection strengthens into a bond with each child and their parents.
  • Gillentine holds the conviction that failure is inherently part of the learning process. He teaches students resiliency, and learning involves finding many possible solutions, trying them, and then selecting the best one. He encourages trying again and again and never giving up.


                              “Jonathan is the quintessential professional.  There is no one better suited or more effective in reaching little ones’ hearts and minds.  His work appears to come naturally from within his soul; however, it is rich with research-based best practices.”

                                                       — Tracey Idica, Instructional Coach


                              “Jonathan is the type of person who inspires others to be the best person and educator possible. All who meet him gravitate towards him, adults and children alike.”

Alecia Burroughs, Colleague