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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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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Major: BS Biology Tutors: Up to Bio 172, Chem 162, Math 241 Katelyn is from Hilo, Hawaii. She enjoys dancing and music. She wants to become a geriatrician in the future (Elderly Doctor). She is always willing to help anyone who needs it!


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Kritheeka is a Microbiology major pursuing her dream to become a doctor. In the future, she hopes to work abroad and help in communities with poor health infrastructure. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and DIY projects.