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Hannah Aldridge, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: IS 108
  • Course description: Introduction to college success, career exploration, and learning about oneself & working with others.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I am a mom of 2 little ones, Iʻm an ocean person, & make some bomb chocolate chip cookies :)
  • Your college major:
    • BA in Communication Studies/Sociology
    • Master of Social Work
  • My philosophy on teaching: I try to make sure that whatever Iʻm teaching for that day can somehow relate to a bigger picture in life.
  • Best way to contact me is: hannahka@hawaii.edu
Kelie Augustine, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: HLTH 121
  • Course description: HLTH 121 is intended for the student who desires an in-depth opportunity to explore various health care careers and to decide which would be most appropriate to pursue.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I gave my husband the “OK” to get a motorcycle if I could get one too; thinking that he wouldn’t. So now I have a motorcycle license and ride my bike once in a while.
  • Your college major: Medical Technology and Microbiology
  • My Teaching Style: I try to make sure that whatever Iʻm teaching for that day can somehow relate to a bigger picture in life.
  • Best way to contact me is: hannahka@hawaii.edu
K. Mahana Beamer, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B
  • Course description: In this course students will be introduced to the many career options that exist in the health care field. This is the ideal course for every student who is interested in exploring, planning, and preparing for a career in health care. The information will present real-world insights and self-reflective activities that will allow the student to examine themselves and the career lifestyle that they feel might be best for them.
  • Fun fact about myself: I am also a Chef Instructor, ask me for some great cooking tips and recipes.
  • My College Major: I have a degree in Health Care Administration and 11+ years of Health Care Administration
  • My teaching style: I like to promote self-learning and help students develop critical thinking skills and retain knowledge and encourage students to look past their perceived limits and set higher goals to impact their communities.
  • Email me anytime- kmakina@hawaii.edu
‘Iolani Brosio, Maui College
Course: IS 105
  • Class Description: IS 105 - Career/Life Exploration and Planning: Culture as Kahua (Foundation). We’ll explore education, career, and life planning by assessing our needs, interests, and values by through a Kanaka Maoli cultural context.
  • Fun Fact: I love dancing hula and have an adventurous spirit.
  • College Major: BA in English and MA in English: Cultural Studies
  • Teaching Style: I’ve only been teaching for a short time so I feel that I don’t quite have a “style” yet since I’m constantly trying different methods. Lately it’s been a bit of a buffet of lectures, different multimedia methods, and online activities.
  • Best way to contact me is: kelieaug@hawaii.edu
Terianne Brown, Hawai‘i Community College
Course: BUSN 164
  • Course description: This course presents concepts and theories relating to workplace behavior; managing one’s attitude and relationships for workplace effectiveness
  • Fun fact about myself: I have two chinchillas
  • My College Major: Applied Economics
  • My teaching style: I am a demonstrator and facilitator. I prefer providing tutorials and activity-based learning to encourage self-learning.
  • Best way to contact me is through email at: terianne@hawaii.edu
Pomai Burkart, Kaua'i Community College
Course: IS 103
  • Brief Course Description: Introduction to College is a comprehensive first-year experience course for new students.
  • Fun fact about myself: I am one of eight children.
  • My College Major:
    • BA Mathematics Heritage University
    • MA Mathematics Education Western Governors University
  • My teaching style: Building relationships first, then building upon prior knowledge.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: email me at pomai.burkart@hawaii.edu
Lexer Chou, Leeward Community College
Course: IS 1000A (CRN50277)
  • IS 100A is a modular one-credit course providing students fundamental college success skills, i.e. using college resources, life management, goal setting, life planning.
  • I'm a huge 49ers fan so there might be some Niner references in the class.
  • At UC Davis I graduated with a Human Development Degree and received my Masters in Higher Education from Sacramento State University.
  • Teaching Style: My classes are interactive by engaging in group discussions, physical activities, team building challenges, and videos.
  • Best way to contact me is: achou@hawaii.edu
Brooke Conway, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: IS 108 (CRN50277)
  • Course Description: IS 108 celebrates students' transition to college and creates learning experiences that foster success in college and in life.
  • Fun fact about myself: I love to travel. I’ve lived in California, Hawai’i, Italy, and Samoa. I am also a mommy of 3!
  • My College Major:
    • BA of Psychology
    • Master of Public Health;
    • Soon to be (*hopefully* Spring 2021): Master of Social Work
  • Teaching Style: Interactive, Interpersonal & Fun!
  • Best way to contact me is: bconway@hawaii.edu
Will Dressler, Kaua‘i Community College
Course: IS 103, IS 199V
  • Course Description: IS 103: Introduction to College is a comprehensive first-year experience course for new students.
  • Fun fact about myself: I've paddled in the Molokai Hoe.
  • My College Major:B.A. in History from UC Berkeley;; M.A. in English as a Second Language and M.Ed. in Educational Technology from UH Manoa.
  • Teaching Style: The relationships you build are are as important as the content of courses, so I work to create a class environment that is nurturing to relationship building
  • Best way to contact me is: dressler@hawaii.edu
Joey Dewater, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B
  • Course Description: IS 105 – Career exploration & planning in health careers. We will explore healthcare fields and opportunities from business to providers to public health.
  • Fun fact about myself: I have 3 amazing children, love the ocean, and am very spirited.
  • My College Major:Anthropology undergraduate, Public Health graduate.
  • Teaching Style: Interactive. I rely on feedback from students as we move through the course to support students to achieving learning outcomes. Learning is a team sport.
  • Best way to contact me is: jdewater@hawaii.edu
Alex Durant, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B
  • Course Description: We all know theater is fun, but few realize the wide breadth of amazing careers available onstage, and behind the scenes. Join me and discover the secrets of turning your love of theatre into a well paying job. This course boasts guest artists, tips and tricks on how to navigate this exciting, ever-changing landscpe.
  • Fun fact about myself: I toured as a professional performer in England, Italy and Portugal. I also played the part of a wall once… we all have to start somewhere!
  • My College Major:I majored in professional dance when I was 18 and then later retrained in Acting and Stage Combat
  • Teaching Style: Interactive. Conversational, Student centric, encouraging and supportive.
  • Best way to contact me is: Texting is the easiest way (808) 489-1831
Leon Florendo, Leeward Community College - Wai‘anae Moku
Course: IS 100A
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) 100A is a modular one-credit course providing students fundamental college success skills, i.e. using college resources, life management, goal setting, life planning.
  • One interesting fact: I traveled to the Northern and Southern most point of the United States in one summer (Barrow, Alaska & Ka'u, Hawai‘i)
  • My College majors were AA Lib Arts, BA Psy & MA Education Adm.
  • In this course, my teaching style is a “HIT”! I will incorporate Hands on activity into my assignments. Help students build relationship through Interactive sharing with each other and with the use of Technology, I will introduce students to various online resources to jump-start their college career.
  • Best way to contact me is: Email or Phone (808) 454-4707
Charity Fonoimoana, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B
  • Course description: Major focus placed on career and life decisions, made through self-discovery, interest and personality assessment, career exploration, and research. Business careers emphasis.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I am terrified of heights. I will not even get on a step stool.
  • Your college major:
    • BA in Organizational Leadership/Sociology
    • MBA and Master’s in Leadership and Management
  • My philosophy on teaching is that we are on a journey together and I am your tour guide. It is your job to soak up all you can, for the short time we are together. Be Curious! Be Fearless! Don’t be afraid to fail!
  • Best way to contact me is: cfonoi@hawaii.edu
Chad Hanashiro, Hawai‘i Community College
Course: IS 101
  • Brief course description
    • IS 101 (Building Bridges to Self, College, and the Community): This course emphasizes gaining a strong understanding of yourself so you can be successful in college, your career and the community.
  • Fun fact about yourself: Lived in Japan for 10 years and travelled to more than half of Japan’s prefectures. Also, an Assistant Coach with the UH-Hilo Men’s Soccer Team.
  • Your college major: B.A. Linguistics, B.A. Japanese Studies, M.Ed. Comprehensive Educational Development (Multilingual Multicultural Education)
  • How would you describe your teaching style: Go all in, interactive, friendly, respectful, open-minded, flexible.
  • Best way to contact me is: via email at ckh@hawaii.edu
Dustin Hard, Honolulu Community College
Course: Art 197
  • Course description: Careers in Art and Sustainable Design is a hands-on class that explores sustainable agricultural, computer science, meat production, health care, automation, automotive industry, energy production such as power-plants, solar wind ect, architecture and construction. We will evaluate how each industry is moving toward sustainability and how you can become an innovator in your chosen field while creating fun projects.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I am a artist who works in blown glass, ceramics and alternative sustainable materials.
  • Your college major: B.F.A. Fine Art, M.Ed. Secondary Education, M.F.A. Fine Art
  • How would you describe your teaching style: I am hands-on! The majority of my assignments help you to create products in multiple industries. I take a laid back fun approach and am fair and consistent in my grading methods.
  • Best way to contact me is: hartd@hawaii.edu
Krista Hiser, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: IS 107-S
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 107 Sustainability Focused is an onramp to the Academic Subject Certificate in Sustainability. The course will will emphasize discovery of one's life purpose in relationship to sustainability challenges that face Hawaiʻi and the world at this time.
  • I love reading and dancing!
  • My college major was English.
  • My teaching style is that you get out of it what you put into it.
  • Best way to contact me is email: hiser@hawaii.edu
Ilima Ho-Lastimosa, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B
  • We will be exploring education from an ‘āina-based perspective
  • I am a Hawaiian & Chinese Medicine Practitioner
  • My academic studies are‘Ike Hawai‘i, Social Work, Accupuncture
  • I believe in hands-on learning using all senses
  • Please contact me via Email ho888@hawaii.edu
Hoku Hobbs, Maui College
Course: IS 105 & IS 106
  • Brief course description:
    • IS 105: Career/Life Exploration & Planning- Career development is a lifelong process. Dive into the components of career, personal and educational awareness
    • IS 106: College Orientation I- Gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully navigate this new life chapter…..college.
  • Fun fact about yourself: Traveled to six of the seven continents
  • Your college major:
    • B.S. Recreation Management/Sociology
    • MEd Learning Design and Technology
  • How would you describe your teaching style: Dedicated, passionate, transparent, and supportive. I encourage students to reflect on the past, be one in the present, and aspire for the future. It is important to me that students feel comfortable expressing themselves freely, actively participate, and not be afraid to ask questions. I am a proponent of service-based and ‘āina-based learning, much can be absorbed and shared through these educational approaches.
  • Best way to contact me is: email at hhobbs@hawaii.edu
Kymberly Hogan, Honolulu Community College
Course: IS 197
  • Brief Course Description: IS 197 College and Career Exploration (ESL) Will provide non-native speaking students opportunities to explore career paths and practice college-level reading and writing skills.
  • Fun fact about myself: I learned how to surf in high school when I lived in Australia. Best experience ever!
  • My College Major: BA in Anthropology and MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages).
  • My teaching style: My teaching style is student-centered, relaxed, fun, and collaborative.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: email me at hogank@hawaii.edu
Liana M. Horovitz, Maui College
Course: IS 106, College Orientation 1: Career and Life Exploration
  • Brief Course Description: IS 106 prepares students for effective career/life exploration, planning, and decisions. This four-week, two-credit course emphasizes self-assessment, the world of work information, a survey of occupational clusters, and related academic preparation relevant to self-assessed interests and values and decision-making.
  • Fun fact about myself: I love to garden, dance hula, and travel! I have led study/travel abroad programs for college students to Japan, Italy and Greece.
  • My College Major: History
  • My teaching style: Collaborative, project-driven, and reflective!
  • Best Way to Contact Me: email me at liana@hawaii.edu
Blake Hunrick, Leeward Community College
Course: IS 103
  • Course description: This class, titled Introduction to College, will offer you an opportunity prepare for college by exploring your best self and match your skills, interests and personality with future careers and college majors that interest you
  • Fun fact about yourself: I never had an ice cream I didn't like
  • Your college major: AA Liberal Arts, BA Sociology, MS Counseling
  • How would you describe your teaching style: I am inspired by this quote “Every expert was once a beginner” to keep current with every class and every student I meet. I believe that listening to students is most important so that I can offer guidance and support to help students be successful in college and in life.
  • Best way to contact me is: you are welcome to email me at hunrick@hawaii.edu
Robert Hutchinson, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B
  • This course is designed to introduce students that are interested in careers associated with STEM. In particular there will be a focus on careers in medicine, research, agriculture and education.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I spent two years in Ghana, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer
  • Your College Major
    • B.S. Biology, University of Texas at Austin
    • M.S. Physiology, University of Hawaii at Mānoa
  • I would describe my teaching style as student centered. I try to engage my students in what their interests are and build relationships from there. I am also a storyteller and embed content into stories that are more relatable. I have a broad range of experiences that makes the overall experience in my class richer.
  • Best way to contact me is: email rhutchis@hawaii.edu
Saba Kam, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: HLTH 121
  • Brief Course Description: Explore what the various health careers are all about, including the schooling involved, licensure, wage, and job descriptions.
  • Fun fact about myself: I love to horseback ride and free dive. I am married and have 2 daughters ages six and nine.
  • My College Major: Nursing
  • My teaching style: I am a balance between funny, strict and nurturing. If you have questions or concerns, I’d like you to bring them to me.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: saba@hawaii.edu
Kalehua Kamakawiwoole, Honolulu Community College
Course: IS 197 Career and College Exploration (ESL)
  • Brief Course Description: IS 197 Career and College Exploration will provide non-native speaking students opportunities to explore career paths and practice college skills. It is a 3-credit, synchronous and asynchronous course offered at Honolulu Community College.
  • Fun fact about myself: I have lived and taught in Japan, so I can speak a bit of Japanese.
  • My College Major: Japanese Language and Culture & English As A Second Language
  • My teaching style: I like to create lessons for students that are practical, engaging, and motivating.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: khkamaka@hawaii.edu
Warren Kawano, Leeward Community College
Course: BUSN 164
  • BUSN 164 Career Success is a course that focuses on skills for success in college and any career field
  • Fun fact: I taught at Waipahu High School for 6 years from 2004-2010
  • College Major:
    • Business and Marketing Education (Secondary Education) - UH Mānoa
    • Masters in Business Administration with Concentration in Finance - Hawaii Pacific University
  • Teaching Style: Interactive, Facilitative
  • Best way to contact me is via email at warrenk@hawaii.edu
Kamuela Kimokeo, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B
  • If you enjoy music, this course will cover various ways that you can work within the music field as a full-time career or as a way to supplement your income through part-time work.
  • I have been playing and recording music for 20 years. I have recorded on a number of NāHōkū Hanohano award winning albums and even on a Grammy Nominated Album.
  • I have a Bachelors Degree in Music with a Minor in Hawaiian Studies. Masters in Education and Teaching. I am Working on finishing my PhD in Education this year.
  • I strive to have my teaching style be fun, comfortable, and student driven
  • Best way to contact me is: kamuelam@Hawaii.edu or 808-236-9131
Nikki Kinoshita, Maui College
Course: IS 104 & 106
  • IS Course Summary:
    • 104C Transitions: Community - Focus, develop, practice, and understand teamwork; practice taking responsibility for solutions, recognize, and produce quality performance and quality products.
    • College Orientation - Develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes associating with personal, academic, and career success.
  • Born and raised on Maui and completed all education from home!
  • BAS in Applied Business and Information Technology (UHMC); M.Ed. - Educational Technology (UHM).
  • Hands-on activities with a mix of activity-based learning, use of course and learning management systems; super friendly, supportive, mellow, but strict with due dates.
  • Best way to contact me is: nkinoshi@hawaii.edu
Taurie Kinoshita, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B & 105C
  • We all know theatre is fun, but few realize the wide breadth of amazing careers available onstage, and behind the scenes. Join me and discover the secrets of turning your love of theatre into a well paying job. This course boasts guest artists, tips and tricks on how to navigate this exciting, ever-changing landscape.
  • I gave up eating meat and watching cartoons when I was 8!
  • Theatre major, MFA in Directing Western Theatre
  • My teaching style is like fireworks on the 4th of July.
  • Texting is the fastest way to reach me (808) 779 – 3456!
C. Kahea Kuamo‘o, Hawai‘i Community College
Course: IS 101
  • Course description: Major focus placed on self-discovery and career exploration. Understanding oneself and develop skills necessary for success in higher education and career.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I have identical boy twins. I played 4 sports in high school (wrestling, basketball, softball, track)
  • Your college major: Masters degree in Counseling Psychology
  • Teaching Philosophy: A teacher is like a sports coach, they encourage you, teach you the skills you need, but they don’t play the game for you. The student/player needs to use the skills taught, do the work, commit, practice, and play the game, the teacher can only teach and inspire, the rest is up to you.
  • Best way to contact me: chayneek@hawaii.edu
Takehiko Kozue, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: HOST 100
  • Course description: HOST 100 focuses on the strategies and skills related to career success and customer satisfaction.
  • Fun fact about yourself: 25years+ work experience in Hospitality and Tourism Industry. I had a great experience working at Tokyo Disney Resort with Mickey, too. Like to travel on business/leisure and have visited many parts of the world.
  • Your college major: International Relationship
  • How would you describe your teaching style: Facilitator Style. I try to help students develop critical thinking skills and retain knowledge that leads to self-actualization.
  • Best way to contact me: tkozue@hawaii.edu
Ryan Locke, Maui College
Course: IS 105 & 105C & 106
  • Brief course description: Courses will focus on the education sector. We will look at assessments and values that will help us identify goals and skills that we have and can work on to reach a career in teaching or in the education field.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I love school so much I have not stopped going yet.
  • Your college major: MAT – TESOL, MSIT – Software Design and Management, BA – Japanese, BA – Second Language Studies.
  • How would you describe your teaching style: Very interactive and very “real”. I care about your learning and will help you improve with honesty and clarity.
  • Best way to contact me is: Email. rlocke@hawaii.edu
Catherine Marin, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: Health 120/121
  • Course description: HLTH 120 introduces students to concepts of health and disease, health care systems, organizational structure and function of primary, tertiary, and community-based health facilities, health care ethics, and the health care team in individualized patient care.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I just moved to Hawaii from Southern California almost a year ago. I am married and have 2 children: One daughter who just graduated from SDSU and will attend graduate school at USC this upcoming fall. I also have a son who is studying nursing at Chaminade. When I am not injured I play tennis, run, play with my Goldendoodle.
  • Your college major:
    • Bachelor of Science/ Nursing (Azusa Pacific University)
    • Bachelor of Art’s/ Psychology (the University of California at Riverside)
    • Master of Science/ Nursing and Education (University of Phoenix)
    • Doctoral Candidate/ EdD (University of New England)
  • How would you describe your teaching style: Although I am a stickler with deadlines, I like to consider myself amiable and approachable when a student needs assistance. I like to use various methods of teaching and try to keep my students engaged (using humor and real-life examples).
  • Best way to contact me: crmarin@hawaii.edu
Jeffrey E. Marzluft, Maui College
Course: IS 105
  • Class Description: Using self assessment and research skills, we will explore career possibilities and planning. Emphasis will be placed on the notion that you are more than what you do for a living.
  • Fun Fact: I am unlike most librarians you will ever meet.
  • College Major:
      B.A. in Religion / Anthropology
    • Master’s Theological Studies focus on Hebrew Bible
    • M.L.I.S. specializing in reference and instruction
  • Teaching Philosophy: Every student brings their own unique story into the classroom. I strive to create a learning environment where students can understand, explore and expand on their story by using curiosity, critical thinking, and humility to find and measure success wherever life takes them.
  • marzluft@hawaii.edu
Ina Miller-Cabasug, Honolulu Community College
Course: IS103
  • Brief Course Description: The course is designed to provide information and techniques to develop self-determination, self-efficacy, and self-advocacy. The student will be equipped with necessary skills to better navigate their academic, career, and life journey. Students will become knowledgeable of the various academic and student support resources that will help them to successfully matriculate through college.
  • Fun fact about myself: I am a first generation college student whose parents immigrated from the Philippines. I was born and raised on Guam and came to Hawaii for college. I have 2 kids (12 and 10 year old) that keep me very busy. I enjoy trying new restaurants, and the one thing that I have challenged myself to do this year is to learn how to garden. So far I’ve managed to keep a basil plant alive, and it’s been two months!
  • My College Major:
    • BA in Psychology at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
    • MA in Counselor Education at San Jose State University
  • My teaching style: I enjoy learning from others. Therefore, my teaching style is always open to communication, understanding, and encouragement.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: inamc@hawaii.edu or 808-844-2353
C. Ku‘ulei Miranda, Windward Community College
Course: IS105B
  • Brief Course Description: Career Decision Making- An introductory course designed to prepare students to make more focused career/life decisions through self analysis and world of work examinations.
  • Fun fact about myself: I am a mom of two boys #boymom, and I can make some killah mango cream cheese squares (the BEST, garrenz)!
  • My College Major: Sociology (BA), Educational Administration, Higher Ed. focus (M.Ed.)
  • My teaching style: Interactive, relevant, down-to-earth, and student-led
  • Best Way to Contact Me: via email, daniluck@hawaii.edu
Nicole Mitani, Honolulu Community College
Course: IS103
  • Brief Course Description: IS 103 is designed to provide skills to better navigate students' academic, career, and life journey.
  • Fun fact about myself: I'm a Big Island girl at heart who loves to talk Pidgin.
  • My College Major:
    • Bachelor of Science in Family Resources, Minor in Sociology
    • Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology
  • My teaching style: Interactive and Student-Centered
  • Best Way to Contact Me: niwasaki@hawaii.edu
Trina Nahm-Mijo, Hawai'i Community College
Course: IS 101
  • Brief Course Description: This is an orientation, but much more, an initiation to your personal college journey. The course will introduce you to the characteristics, skills, mindset, resources needed to succeed in college and life. You will see how your story (ka’ao) can unfold to meet challenges and celebrate successes.
  • Fun fact about myself: A short documentary about one of my dances was a finalist for an Academy Award (long ago).
  • My College Major: Psychology
  • My teaching style: I am a guide and an ally in your journey to yourself.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: nahmmijo@hawaii.edu
Todd Nakayama, Leeward Community College
Course: BUSN 164 - Career Success
  • Brief Course Description: Presents concepts and theories relating to workplace behavior and managing one’s attitude and relationships for workplace effectiveness.
  • Fun fact about myself: I have visited 19 states and 17+ countries
  • My College Major:Business (Marketing Major, Communications Minor), Education
  • My teaching style: Hybrid of facilitator, demonstrator, and delegator.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: ttnakaya@hawaii.edu
Michaelyn Nakoa, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: IS 108
  • Brief Course Description: IS 108 is a summer bridge class that helps student jump start their college career by learning more about themselves and their own strengths.
  • Fun fact about myself: I love to dance, hula, hip hop and willing to try anything new
  • My College Major:BA – Sociology, MS Counseling Psychology, PhD. Educational Psychology
  • My teaching style: I love getting to know students and we have fun!
  • Best Way to Contact Me: mnakoa@hawaii.edu
Liliana Napolean, Maui College - Molokai
Course: IS105, IS105B
  • IS 105: Career/Life Exploration & Planning - Prepares students for effective career/life exploration, planning and decisions. Emphasizes self-assessment, world of work information, survey of occupational clusters and related academic preparation relevant to self-assessed interest, and values and decision-making. Students cannot take both IS 105 and IS 105B for credit toward a degree. 3 credits, 45 hour lecture.
  • IS 105B: Personal Assessment - Assists student in evaluating their interests, values, abilities, lifestyles, and other factors relating to career choice. Provides students with an opportunity to develop career decisions-making skills. Students cannot take both IS 105 and IS 105B for credit toward a degree. 1 credit, 15 hour lecture.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I enjoy getting in the ocean (paddling, surfing) and spending time with family and friends.
  • Your college major: Masters in Business Administration (MBA) , Bachelor in Science - Business Administration, Associate in Applied Science - Office Administration Technology, Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts
  • How would you describe your teaching style: Open communication between instructor and students. Giving the students the ability to freely express their desired outcome from the course content, and delivering the content in a manner in which students can absorb and implement the learning into their career profiles. Students focus and positive gains for the students is my utmost priority.
  • Best way to contact me is: Phone at (808) 553-4490 option 2 and/or email at liliana@hawaii.edu
Sam(antha) “Ms. Q” Nezzer, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B
  • Brief Course Description: An introductory course designed to prepare students to make more focused career/life decisions through self-analysis and world of work examinations.
  • Fun fact about myself: I learned to waterski in a ‘gator infested bayou
  • My College Major:B.S. Business Administration, MBA
  • My teaching style: I am usually described as a motivator by my students but believe I would self-assess my styles as a facilitator, so I work best with interested & involved learners.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: nezzers@hawaii.edu
Veronica Ogata, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: IS 108
  • Brief Course Description: IS 108 celebrates students' transition to college and creates learning experiences that foster success in college and in life.
  • Fun Fact About Myself: I completed the Honolulu Marathon 3 times.
  • My College Major: Human Development & Education
  • My Teaching Style: Interactive & Student-Centered
  • Best Way to Contact Me: vogata@hawaii.edu
Justin (Ha‘a) Pagan, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B
  • Course description: Career Decision Making, An introductory course designed to prepare students to make more focused career/life decisions through self analysis and world of work examinations.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I have a high tolerance for spicy food!
  • Your college major: Bachelors: Hawaiian Studies, Masters: Social Work
  • How would you describe your teaching style: Interactive with exciting and relevant activities.
  • Best way to contact me is: email: paganj@hawaii.edu or phone: 808-235-7460
Christian Palmer, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B
  • Course description: This course will introduce you to careers in Sustainability in Hawaii
  • Fun fact about yourself: I spent a summer hiking 1100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Your college major:
    • PhD in Cultural Anthropology from University of California, Santa Cruz
    • M.Sc in Environmental Science from The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
    • B.S. Biology and B.A. International Cultural Studies from BYU-Hawaii
  • How would you describe your teaching style: supportive and engaged.
  • Best way to contact me is: email: ctpalmer@hawaii.edu
Sharolyn Pastor, Leeward Community College
Course: BUSN 164 - Career Success
  • Course description: Business 164 - Career Success is a self-exploratory course that allows students to assess their strengths and interests while learning about concepts and strategies that will help them be successful in school, at work and in life. Students explore careers of interest, research successful people, and prepare key work related documents such as a resume and cover letter. This is a course that requires a commitment to personal growth in order to benefit fully from the course content.
  • Fun fact about yourself: Before becoming a college instructor, I worked for Aloha Airlines for over 18 years as a flight attendant and ground school instructor. Travel is in my blood!
  • Your college major:
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    • Master of Arts in Communication, both from Hawaii Pacific University
  • How would you describe your teaching style: My teaching philosophy is to be student centered, always looking for ways to apply academic concepts to real world situations. I also draw on students’ own life experiences, encouraging them to find value in everything they’ve learned in life thus far. Lastly, I do my utmost to foster a supportive learning environment where students of all backgrounds can feel appreciated and welcomed, which contributes to effective learning.
  • Best way to contact me is: email: spastor@hawaii.edu
Siniva Pota, Hawai‘i Community College
Course: BUSN 164
  • Course description: This course presents concepts and theories relating to workplace behavior; managing one’s attitude and relationships for workplace effectiveness, career success, and professional development and growth.
  • Fun fact about myself: I love to travel internationally and have been to over 10 countries, and counting. I took my background photo in Fiji!
  • My College Major: BA: Accounting & Business | MBA with a focus in Management.
  • My teaching style: Motivate, Empower, and Thrive! I share with my students this: “There’s no better place than home, and when you’re in my class- you’re home.” I strongly believe in the power of personal connection, relationship building, and making a heart-to-heart connection in order to achieve success.
  • Best way to contact me is through email at spota@hawaii.edu
Jan Shimabukuro-Lee, Leeward Community College
Course: IS 103
  • Brief Course Description: IS 103 introduces students' to the college experience. Students become familiar with resources & opportunities and creates academic and career plans.
  • Favorite part about IS 103: Meeting students from around the island, nation and world. Many of whom I keep in touch with.
  • My College Major: Psychology and American Studies
  • Tips for students: Time management is important and be ready to have fun!
  • Best Way to Contact Me: jan@hawaii.edu
Amy Shiroma, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: HOST 100
  • Brief Course Description: HOST 100 focuses on strategies and skills related to career success and customer satisfaction highlighting the hospitality & tourism industry.
  • Fun Fact About Myself: My first job was teaching ukulele.
  • My College Major: Travel Industry Management
  • My Teaching Style: Supportive and Engaging
  • Best Way to Contact Me: als6@hawaii.edu
Derek Snyder, Maui College
Course: IS 106 - College Orientation I
  • Brief Course Description: Develops knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with personal, academic, and career success. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Develops communication and teamwork skills. Encourages contacts with students and staff. Includes Career Planning.
  • Fun fact about myself: I sometimes host a radio show on Maui featuring music from all genres and eras.
  • My College Major:
    • MA in English as a Second Language (UH at Manoa)
    • BA in Anthropology (UH at Hilo)
  • My teaching style: I have been teaching at the University of Hawai’i for almost 20 years, and each year I learn so much from my students. In this way, I would describe myself as the lead student in the class. I always try to challenge students to do their best with their coursework. I deeply care about student success and I am committed to helping students achieve their higher education goals.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: Via email at dsnyder@hawaii.edu
Daniel Swift, Windward Community College
Course: IS 105B - Career Decision Making (2)
  • Brief Course Description: In this course students will be introduced to the many career options that exist in the health care field. Occupations and settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and more are explored. Informative, inspiring, and timely, it presents real-world insights and self-reflective activities that will allow the student to examine themselves and the career lifestyle that they feel might be best for them.
  • Fun fact about myself: I have worked as a professional chef for many years and love exploring the connection of food and health.
  • My College Major: Organizational Behavior & Education
  • My teaching style: I try to create relevance in the mind of students regardless of the subject. If students can connect and see value in committing the time and energy to learning new things, it becomes more fun.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: email me at danswift@hawaii.edu
Norman Takeya, Honolulu Community College
Course: AEC 197 B
  • Brief Course Description: AEC 197B: An introduction to the construction process and the professional building trades. Topics include building process, materials, building systems and components, professional trades’ roles and responsibilities, career opportunities, and construction industry issues.
  • Fun fact about myself: Like to build things, bigger the better.
  • My College Major: AS Drafting and Engineering Aide Hawaii Community College
  • My teaching style: Fun, Casual, DIrect and to the point.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: email me at ntakeya@hawaii.edu
Loretta Tan, Leeward Community College
Course: LSK 110
  • About the Course : LSK 110 is an interactive, immersive program to acquaint you with the College, prep you for your desired career options as well as ready you for successful in life. We will explore basic literacy and computer skills, critical & creative thinking, presentation & interview skills as well as explore personal leadership and positive psychology to improve your self confidence and enhance positive self image.
  • Fun Fact : I’m from Singapore, voted one of Asia’s Most Inspiring and worked in Theater, Film, TV and Radio. I love yoga, spin classes, write books and am a devoted cat mom to my 8 fur babies ! Meow.
  • College Major : Performing Arts
  • Teaching Style : Fun, Engaging, Interactive, Spontaneous so no snoozing! :D
  • Best Contact : ltan@hawaii.edu, Text, IG
Stephen Taylor, Kaua'i Community College
Course: SCI 170
  • Brief Course Description: Why should you want to take SCI 170?
    1. Course topics, focus, and attention is on you and your future; with one-on-one discussion with your instructor regarding your future plans
    2. Learn about academic and career pathways for STEM fields of your interest
    3. Hear from experts/professionals in your STEM field of interest
    4. Explore major issues in STEM fields of your interest
    5. SCI 170 is required for the AS in Natural Science degree at Kaua’i CC
  • Fun fact about myself: I was so excited to teach geology, one student said I almost made soil formation sound interesting
  • My College Major: BS in Physics, PhD in Oceanography plus years of experience as a scientist in both academia and the private sector on basic research and operational systems
  • My teaching style: I want to hear your interests and offer feedback, information, and advice to help you identify and reach your goals.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: email me at svt@hawaii.edu
Syreeta Washington, Leeward Community College
Course: IS 103
  • Brief course description: IS 103 is designed for first year students, individuals like you. This course will focus on essential transitional elements that promote academic success as well as career and personal goal attainment
  • Fun fact about myself: : I have performed Off-Broadway theater in NYC (talk about scary!)
  • College Major: BA in Psychology, M.ED. Counseling Psychology
  • How would you describe your teaching style: I believe there is always more to learn for my students as well as myself. Learning occurs best when it is active.
  • Best way to contact me is: By Email syreetaw@hawaii.edu - I’ll respond within 24 hours during the work week (M-F)
Denise Wheatley, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: HLTH 120 - Intro to Health Professions
  • Brief course description: HLTH 120 introduces students to concepts of health and disease, health care systems, organizational structure and function of primary, tertiary, and community-based health facilities, health care ethics, and the health care team in individualized patient care.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I have 2 dogs, 1 african grey parrot, and I trap and fix the feral cats in my neighborhood so I care for a dozen cats as well.
  • College Major:
    • B.S. Health Science, University of Cincinnati
    • Associates degree in Respiratory Therapy, Kapiolani Community College
  • How would you describe your teaching style: Multi platform, interactive, and hopefully engaging.
  • Best way to contact me is: Email at deniseyw@hawaii.edu
Emma White, Maui College
Course: IS 105
  • Brief Course Description: IS 105: Career/Life Exploration & Planning- Design your life! We will use design thinking to help you explore, plan, and create a satisfying work life and personal happiness.
  • Fun fact about myself: I grew up playing in WW2 bunkers and wrecks in Ewa Beach.
  • My College Major:
    • BA Environmental Studies, Eckerd College
    • MA English, National University
    • JD Law, University of Florida
  • My teaching style: Happy, caring, mindful.
  • Best Way to Contact Me: email me at ehw@hawaii.edu
Virginia Yoshida, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: IS 108
  • Brief course description: IS 108 celebrates students' transition to college and creates learning experiences that foster success in college and in life.
  • Fun fact about yourself: grew up near the Tabasco factory
  • College Major: English (BA, MA)
  • How would you describe your teaching style: learner-centered
  • Best way to contact me is: yoshidav@hawaii.edu
Bennett Zazzera, Kapi‘olani Community College
Course: HLTH 120 - Intro to Health Professions
  • Brief course description: HLTH 120 introduces students to concepts of health and disease, health care systems, organizational structure and function of primary, tertiary, and community-based health facilities, health care ethics, and the health care team in individualized patient care.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I have a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter who I dress in Golden State Warriors clothes almost everyday.
  • College Major:
    • B.S. Exercise Biology, UC Davis
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Miami
  • How would you describe your teaching style: Fun, interactive, and applicable to real life. I am also patient, encouraging of questions, and willing to adapt my teaching style to meet the needs of the learner.
  • Best way to contact me is: Email at bzazzera@hawaii.edu



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