"I'm so impressed with the various opportunities and pathways for students to pursue their passions at Mid-Pacific."
Posted on February 7, 2018 by Julie Funasaki Yuen
Mid-Pacific is pleased to welcome new High School Principal Paul Passamonte who will officially join the school's leadership team in August 2018 following the departure of Principal Thomas McManus. Passamonte comes to Mid-Pacific with 15 years of administrative experience at schools abroad in the Philippines and Chile. He is currently middle school principal at Hong Kong International School, a preschool and K-12 school with 2,700 students located in Hong Kong, China.
"I feel honored and privileged to be joining the Mid-Pacific family as high school principal," says Passamonte. "The students, faculty, and staff are welcoming, warm, and so enthusiastic about our community. The students described an amazing community of learners and teachers, and I was inspired by the gratitude with which they spoke of the opportunity to attend Mid-Pacific."
"Our search began with an outstanding field of local, national, and international candidates," says High School Principal Search Committee Chair Kymbal Roley. "Paul brings a positive can-do attitude to the high school community and a willingness to learn. His administrative and international experience make him a great choice for Mid-Pacific as we move forward with our mission and goals."
"Paul Passamonte is a well-regarded international principal who brings a student-centered approach to everything he does," says Mid-Pacific President Paul Turnbull. "He understands the important role Mid-Pacific plays in our local community, and he is ready to lead our high school community as we prepare for Aspirations 2025, our next strategic plan. I am positive that the entire Owl community will embrace Paul and his family when they arrive this summer."
After spending years abroad, Passamonte is excited about relocating to the Islands. "I am thrilled to be moving to Hawaiʻi," he shares. "Although my wife and I have spent the last 22 years working abroad in international schools, Hawaiʻi has always been the place my family has called home. We return to Maui each summer and my time there has allowed me to experience the wonderful Aloha spirit of the people, and the beauty of the islands. We are eager to learn more."
What most attracted Passamonte to the position is the school's philosophy of learning. "The goals and beliefs as outlined in the Mid-Pacific Learner Profile are what I believe and celebrate as an educator," explains Passamonte. "I'm so impressed with the various opportunities and pathways for students to pursue their passions at Mid-Pacific. I admire the school's emphasis on the arts and project-based learning, which promotes creativity, collaboration and risk-taking. The conversations I had with teachers and students were energizing and speaks to the quality and professionalism of Mid-Pacific faculty. I also admire the emphasis on the development of the whole student, understanding that each student is unique in the way they contribute to their community, whether through athletics, the arts, community service, and many other individual passions."
Passamonte is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and has a master's degree in educational leadership from De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. He worked as an elementary special education teacher, and middle and high school math teacher in Guam, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines before being promoted to positions in educational administration.
In his free time, Passamonte enjoys learning about and embracing other cultures, photography, hiking, paddle boarding, traveling and spending quality time with his wife Stephanie and their four children.