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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 masterĘ»s 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!

LamThuy Da Lam
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in English, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Master of Arts (MA) in Second Language Studies, UHM; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Creative Writing, Hamilton College

Thuy has held various interrelated positions as a researcher, curriculum developer, and teacher, working with students from K-12 and postsecondary levels in Hawaiʻi. She is most passionate about the English language not only as a complex system of grammatical rules but also as a living force to be cultivated for expression, knowledge, and connection. She feels privileged to be able to help students develop the language skills they need to achieve their life goals. Outside of teaching, she finds deep satisfaction in working long and hard to hone the craft of fiction. The manuscript of her first novel, Fire Summer, is with the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. She is currently researching for her second novel.

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 SchoolĘ»s 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.

Elizabeth (Beth) Reilley
Master of Science (MS) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Miami (UM); Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Visual Art, Rutgers University

Beth has taught English to internationals in many warm and sunny places! While attending graduate school in Miami, she taught business professionals from various multinational companies and classes for the intensive English program (IEP) at the University of Miami. After graduating, she moved to Orlando to teach Language Arts to English language learners at a high school directly across the street from Universal Studios. On weekends and holidays, she worked at EPCOT, making Disney magic for park guests from around the world. Beth has an affection for the people and culture of Brazil, and has spent much time there learning Portuguese, as a volunteer – painting murals and teaching English, and building friendships. Most recently, she taught for Global Launch, the IEP at Arizona State University. She believes that the language-learning classroom is essential preparation for student success in the real world. Here in Hawaiʻi, she enjoys learning about local culture and people and practices stand-up paddleboard skills.

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