Meet the LAC Team

The LAC offers FREE tutoring and workshops to all UH Mānoa students, faculty and staff. Meet the team below!

The Learning Assistance Center assists with developing effective study strategies that will help you find the motivation needed to get the grade you want. There are also individual tutors in areas that many students find difficult including chemistry, math, biology, and economics. We provide study groups for these difficult courses, and conduct workshops to learn how to manage time, read more effectively, take better notes, and doing better on exams. If you think you may have a learning disability, we provide initial screening and support to cope with learning problems.

At times, course content needs to be discussed in a one-to-one, personalized session to help you develop clarity and conceptual understanding. Therefore, LAC tutors will not only help you understand the course material, they will also help you develop effective study strategies. Effective study strategies go beyond helping you learn course material and earn high grades; they enable you to tackle new and challenging material in your future coursework.


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Rosie is the Director of the LAC. Her 40+ years at UHM includes taking a full-time position at the counseling center right after graduating with a bachelors in secondary education, earning a masters degree in counseling, becoming tenured faculty, earning a doctorate in educational psychology, working in testing, counseling, outreach, career placement, and finally learning assistance. She loves helping students achieve their academic goals with foci on finding the right career, developing effective learning strategies, and sustaining motivation. She finds service the focal point of her career. Besides serving students and faculty, she actively participates in faculty governance, holds leadership positions in national professional organizations and maintains a healing practice.

When she finds time to relax and have fun, she likes to practice calligraphy, sing (with others), dance, read a good book, play with poetry, go bowling, play a fun game of volleyball or softball, and watch football, movies or selected Korean drama.


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Adam is the Program Coordinator of the LAC. He earned his B.S. in English and M.A. in Second Language Studies. Helping people learn is his passion. He thrives on assisting people in achieving their academic goals, enhancing their writing skills and acclimating to academia. His academic interests include socio-cultural learning, writing instruction, and program evaluation and assessment.

Outside the LAC, he enjoys nature through biking and hiking. He travels more miles on his bike and on the hiking trails than in his car. He relaxes with dining on flavorful foods and trying to duplicate them in his kitchen. He rarely follows a recipe, so every meal he cooks is an experiment. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. Taste life!


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Shauna's previous interest in Anatomy & Physiology brought her to the LAC as a tutor and SI facilitator, and now she's glad to be back as a Program Assistant. She has earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, and is currently working on her M.Ed. in Learning Design & Technology. She is also a graphic designer. She enjoys incorporating aesthetics and creativity into training and education, and is passionate about making learning a positive experience for all types of learners.

In her free time Shauna enjoys tending to her succulent garden, coffee crawls, doing Blogilates/PopSugar workouts, photography, going to the beach, hiking, brunching, and a little retail therapy.


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Aloha! My name is Alyssa Eva. This is my second year here at UH Manoa. I am heading towards a degree in nursing. A big passion of mine is helping other people, so please allow me to help! I also am passionate about music. I play the saxophone with and love to sing.

I am very excited to help you so please stop by!


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I am a mathematics major. I have over two years of experience in working with lower division math. Math can be fun if you believe


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Emma is from the island of Kaua'i, and is currently is currently working on her BFA in Dance Theatre.    She is a member of the University of Hawaii Manoa Dance Ensemble, with whom she recently completed a series of inter-island performances in collaboration with Kenny Endo and the Taiko Center of the Pacific.

When not at the LAC as a receptionist, Emma likes to dance, draw, read, and do crossword puzzles.


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Hi! My name is Gina and I'm a Biology major looking to minor in Computer Science. I enjoy coding web apps, drawing, watching scary movies, reading science fiction, and seeing people improve. I tutor CHEM161, BIO171, and ICS141. Feel free to stop by!


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Jon is a biology major who recently graduated from `Iolani.  He tutors for general chemistry (CHEM 161 & 162), organic chemistry (CHEM 272 & 273), and biology (BIO 171, 172, & 275).  While he has aspirations of becoming a physician, he has not yet decided on a particular speciality.  In the future, Jon would like to practice medicine in Hawaii and go on medical missions to Western Samoa, particularly the island of Manono.  In his free time, Jon enjoys traveling, eating, going on adventures, and watching sports.  Jon welcomes any and all students to the Learning Assistance Center and looks forward to working, helping, and interacting with them.


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Major: BS Biology
Tutors: Up to Bio 172, Chem 162, Math 241, NREM203

Katelyn is from Hilo, Hawaii. When she's not tutoring, she enjoys dancing and music and singing loudly in the car! Coffee and chocolate are her faves! In the future, she wants to become an Internist with a specialization in Geriatrics. She is always willing to help anyone who needs it!


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Hi!!! My name is Lexi! I'm from Colorado and I came to Hawaii to study Marine Biology. I tutor chemistry and biology and can sometimes help with oceanography. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends, going hiking and just staying busy.


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Hi! My name is Nina, I’m an aspiring physician majoring in Biology.  I’m originally from a small town in Poland, however I have lived in the islands for about 8 years now and I appreciate everything they have to offer! In my free time I love to surf, scuba dive, hike, travel and spend time with my friends/family. I am happy to help you with CHEM 131, CHEM 161 & 162 and CHEM 272 & 273, as well as general biology, BIOL 171 & 172. I enjoy helping others learn, develop good study habits, and work through challenging concepts!


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Hi! My name is Noel and I'm studying Japanese and German. Didn't actually start with these two when I got into university, but the journey's been fun nonetheless. I'm quite passionate about learning languages and I look to make language learning more accessible for people. Book an appointment for either Japanese and German, and let's learn together.


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Hi! My name is Sabrina and I am a senior studying economics. I am from Montana, and enjoy hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling. My favorite movie genre is romantic comedies, and my favorite food combo is peanut butter and chocolate. I tutor ECON 130, 131, 300, 301 and stats.


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Hello! My name is Sydney and I am a receptionist at the Learning Assistance Center! I first came to the LAC in Fall of 2015 and now, I am finishing my B.S in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science, this fall! I have been volunteering at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children for almost a year a half now, which has helped me find an interest in Occupational Therapy, or even Nursing, as a future career! I have always wanted to pursue a career where my main goal is helping others to my fullest extent. And I believe that is my goal here at the LAC! Whether it’s questions about our amazing program, directions around campus, or just general questions, I am always happy to help you!

During my free time, I like going to the beach, crocheting, arts & crafts, cooking/baking, and traveling! I look forward to meeting you all throughout this next academic year!