Caitlin Mates Named New K-8 Principal

Caitlin Mates Named New K-8 Principal

Caitlin Mates Named New Principal of Assets Lower School


HONOLULU, HAWAII (May 17, 2019) — Caitlin Mates has been named Assets School K-8 Principal, succeeding Ryan Masa, who is moving into the Head of School role.

Mates joined Assets in August 2013 as a 3rd/4th grade teacher, eventually moving into the roles of kindergarten teacher and garden coordinator before working in the advancement office. She earned her B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Eckerd College and her M.Ed. in Elementary & Early Childhood Education from Antioch University.

“Assets is a place of ingenuity, integrity, and acceptance. I am excited to continue the exceptional qualities of the K-8 program and look forward to expanding deeper into the realms of experiential learning opportunities, social justice, and the overall joy and wonder of learning,” said Mates. Her goal as a lifelong educator and learner is to model positive character traits, to provide space for new learning opportunities, and to remain receptive to innovation and growth.

Having international, Mainland, and Hawaii teaching experience, Mates embodies the characteristics of Assets’ vision to provide premier educational services and aspire to a community – in Hawaii and throughout the world – in which all children thrive and realize their potential. “Caitlin has been an integral part of our faculty here at Assets School throughout her time on campus. In her position as K-8 Principal, she will continue our student-centered programming, focusing on the strengths and inquiries of the whole child, helping them to become confident self-advocates,” said Masa

Paul Singer will remain as Head of School Emeritus through June 2020.

About Assets School

Founded in 1955, Assets School is a private, college preparatory K-12 co-educational school that specializes in meeting the needs of gifted students and those with language-based learning differences like dyslexia. The faculty and staff customize and transform learning into unique, individualized ways, making the material accessible to students in ways that inspire curiosity, creativity, and a passion for education. To learn more, visit



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