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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.

HoughtailingLisa Houghtailing
Master of Arts (MA) in Second Language Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM); Certificate in Pidgin and Creole, UHM; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, UHM.

Aloha and Hauzit! Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, Lisa has worked in the ESL field since she was 19 years old. While pursuing her undergraduate degree at UHM, Lisa worked as an ESL tutor in the Intensive English Program at Kapiʻolani Community College. Since then, Lisa has worked as an instructor and in academic management, with the latter focusing on curriculum and assessment development, teacher training, and accreditation compliance. Lisaʻs research interests include Linguistic Landscape as a pedagogical tool and Pidgin/Creole usage in various social and academic domains. Lisa loves teaching, and feels privileged to provide students with the social and academic tools needed to become realistic and successful English language speakers. When she isn’t teaching, Lisa enjoys spending time with friends/family, reading, and traveling. E komo mai, and welcome to NICE!

Bob Lipske
Master of Arts (MA) in Second Language Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bob has been with NICE since 2004. He also currently works at the UH Medical Schoolʻs Imi Hoʻōla Program as a writing tutor. He spent almost 5 years teaching English overseas, and lived abroad for nine years. His academic interests include academic writing and using English for authentic purposes. He loves to help students achieve their English goals, and hopes he creates fun, interesting (OK, and challenging) lessons. In addition, he has always enjoyed learning about, and using, new technology. When he's not teaching, he loves exercising and volunteering with his girlfriend. On vacation, he wants to hike in the mountains and deserts of Utah and Arizona. Favorite food: Mexican; favorite pastime: reading; favorite music: hip hop; favorite movies: human interest.

ScholzSybil Scholz Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Applied Linguistics & English Literature, German Linguistics & Literature, and Japanese Language & Cultural Studies, Universität zu Köln, Germany; Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Linguistics & English Literature, German Linguistics & Literature, and Japanese Language & Cultural Studies, Universität zu Köln, Germany.

Sybil has taught different levels of English to international students for many years before moving to the US in 2012. From 2012–2015 Sybil served as the German language program coordinator at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Since moving to Hawaiʻi in 2016, Sybil has been teaching various classes both in the University Preparation Program and in the NICE program. Her area of expertise is phonetics and phonology, and teaching speaking and listening skills. Her other research interests in applied linguistics include, gender studies, first & second language acquisition, intercultural communication, second language teaching, and language pedagogy.

ShimajiKiriko Shimaji
Master of Arts (MA) in Second Language Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Hawaiʻi Pacific University.

Kiriko studied at UHM and holds a masterʻs degree in Second Language Studies. She has worked for various language programs dedicated towards international students. Kiriko also has worked as a language tutor at a tutoring center at HPU and a language leader in a short term language immersion program. Kiriko has engaged in a research in Thailand and lived there for two months to teach English at a Thai university. Kirikoʻs research interests include English as an International Language (EIL), critical pedagogy, and material development. Kiriko loves teaching and sharing language learning experience with students. She loves animals, especially birds. She often goes duck watching near the park by her house. Her favorite American cartoon is King of the Hill and she likes to watch it on TV in the evening.

StackhouseMary 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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