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NICE Program

New Intensive Courses in English (NICE)
Meet our NICE Teachers


Saori Ishida Doi (Academic Coordinator)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Psychology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Master of Arts (MA) in English as a second language; Advanced Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Bachelor's of Education (BEd) in English education with teaching license, Nagasaki University, Japan

Originally from Japan, she studied at UHM as an undergraduate study abroad student in 1998-1999, and then returned to Hawaiʻi for graduate studies in 2000. While an MA student, Saori taught ESL in both the English Language Institute and the Hawaiʻi English Language Program on the UHM campus. Her research interests include globalization in higher education, acculturation, intercultural communication, social support for college students, and language learning in culturally diverse settings. While pursuing her academic interests as a doctoral candidate, she enjoys spending time with her family at home. Saori has been at NICE since Fall 2005. In July 2015, she became the Academic Coordinator of 10-week NICE and she also continues to teach 2 classes a term.

AgawaGrant Agawa
Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching English as a Second Language, Hawaii Pacific University; Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) in Second Language Studies, University of Hawaiʻi; Bachelor of Science (BS) in Japanese with a minor in Computer Science, Pacific University, Oregon.

Grant has been a professional teacher since 2001 and holds a masterʻs degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). He additionally holds an Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) from the Second Language Studies (SLS) department at the University of Hawaiʻi. Grant is originally from Honolulu but spent nine years teaching internationally both with government organizations and established universities. He joined the NICE program in 2015 and loves working towards student achievement. Looking forward to seeing all of you in the classroom!

AguilanaPatrick Aguilana
Master of Arts (MA) in Second Language Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM); Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, UHM.

Aloha mai kākou! Originally from Kāneʻohe, on the windward side of Oʻahu, Patrick lived abroad in Japan for 10 years as an English instructor and as a Board of Education staff member before returning back home to Hawaiʻi for graduate school. After receiving his Master’s degree, Patrick continued teaching international students for different organizations and also began working at Hawaii Literacy, a non-profit organization for low-income and immigrant learners. A few of Patrick’s academic interests include task-based language teaching and the influence of teacher-practice on student motivated behavior. Besides teaching at NICE, Patrick also enjoys walking around Kapiʻolani park with his family, attending local events, riding his scooter really, really fast and practicing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

Mary Stackhouse
Master of Arts in Education (M.Ed.) in Secondary English, University of Maryland College Park; Maryland State Teacher Certification in Secondary English/K-12 ESOL; Master of Arts (MA) in English, University of Texas at Austin; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, Furman University, Greenville, SC.

Mary was raised on the mainland and has lived abroad in Germany, France, and Great Britain. She began her career teaching English in high school and later trained to teach ESL. Prior to moving to Oʻahu, she lived in Maryland for many years where she worked primarily with students immigrating from El Salvador and Honduras. Many of her students had been out of school for years and required intensive academic intervention. Maryʻs specialty in the high-school classroom was adapting existing math curriculum to the needs of ESL students with interrupted education. In 2016 her husbandʻs career in the US Army brought Mary to Oʻahu, and she has been enjoying exploring the islands and hiking the trails with her dog and husband. She is happiest when she is in the classroom at UH and when her grown children come to visit from the mainland!

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