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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Aloha! My name is Braiden, and this is my second here at UH Manoa. I am originally from Maui, and I am pursuing a degree in Secondary Education with a focus in Mathematics. My goal is to eventually be a math professor back at UHMC, and hopefully make math a little less of a headache 😉 I look forward to seeing you soon!

Emily is a Program Assistant at the LAC and an MA student in American Studies. She is passionate about promoting holistic student success and wellbeing—especially in the face of barriers that arise as a result of adversity, structural inequalities, and extenuating circumstances. While earning her BA at a small liberal arts college in Iowa, Emily worked as a writing mentor and research tutor. She now helps support LAC programming and looks forward to meeting with students one-on-one for Academic Coaching.

Outside of work and school, Emily loves spending time in and around the water. She finds cooking more relaxing than pretty much anything else, so tries to do it as much as possible.


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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.

Hi my name is Gina and I am a tutor for introductory ICS, chemistry and biology courses. I am a senior pursuing a BS in Molecular Cell Biology. Besides teaching and meeting new students, I enjoy conducting experiments in the lab, eating good food, and cooking.


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Hello! My name is Irene. Although born in Honolulu, Hawaii, I spent most of my time in Taipei, Taiwan. I’m currently a junior hoping to pursue a BBA in Accounting and Finance. I tutor ACC 201/202, ECON 130/131, and basic stats. When I’m not tutoring, you can find me at your nearest boba shop studying 🙂 I also enjoy traveling, hiking, and playing basketball when I have free time. In the future, I do hope that I can become a neurosurgeon because it has always been my passion to become a doctor. I feel that it only takes a few minutes helping someone to change their life, so feel free to stop by if you have any questions!



My name Jeff! I am one of the program assistants for the Learning Assistance Center. I used to be a tutor for math and physics classes but now I am here to support other tutors and students in their academic careers. Feel free to set up an appointment with me regarding any of your needs.

When not at the LAC, Im probably doing my graduate research in particle physics. All the while I’ll be staring out the window wishing I was hiking a mountain or wetting my gills in the ocean.



Hi! My name is Joey. I am a tutor for Physics, ICS, Math, NREM, and Chemistry, currently enrolled in the College of Engineering. My hobbies include playing games, watching anime, reading manga, woodworking, and, most recently, boxing. My humor is corny and silly, but I try to keep my sessions light-hearted. I adore helping others figure out concepts and have a slightly easier college life. Just remember that there is no such thing as a “stupid question” and I look forward to potentially working with you in the future!


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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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Hi, my name is Jordan and I am pursuing a BS in biology, along with a minor in economics. I was born and raised here on Oahu, and I usually spend my free time hanging out at the beach. Feel free to come to me for help in anything math related or Econ 130-131.


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Justin is currently a second year planning on getting a BBA in Management Information Systems. Born and raised in Hawaii, Justin attended Kalani High School and graduated in 2017. On his free time, Justin enjoys playing video games, watching football/basketball, and hanging out with friends. His desired future plan is to one day get into either the E-sports or NFL marketing/management business, as he feels that’s what he would enjoy doing most. Justin loves to socialize with others, which led him to becoming a receptionist at the LAC.

Hello! My name is Kaila and I am a receptionist at the LAC. Originally from Oregon, I am a first-year student studying Secondary Education. In my free time I enjoy being active and going hiking or exploring, and I also love to play/watch sports. Come visit us at the LAC!



Hey everyone! My name is Michaela and I am a tutor for CHEM 131 and CHEM 162 here at the LAC! I’m currently pursuing a BS in Molecular Cell Biology. I also work in a microbiology lab on the side and in my free time, I enjoy playing video games, drawing, and trying out cool new recipes. I love chemistry and I’d love to help you out with any concepts that are giving you a hard time! 🙂

Hello! 🙂 My name is Nicole Yuzon and I am a Chemistry and Biology tutor. I am a junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Music. I was born in California and was raised on the island of Maui. In the future, I aspire to become a doctor specializing in cardiology. I also enjoy playing the violin in the UH Symphony Orchestra, volunteering at an elderly care home, and exploring new places to eat delicious food. 🙂


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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!



Hello my name is Sophia! I am from Nevada and am currently an exploratory student leaning towards architecture. I am a bookworm and movie fanatic. As a receptionist for LAC if you have any questions I can help with stop by, or come on by just for a chat I love to talk.


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Aloha! My name is Taylor and I am a sophomore at the University of Hawaii pursuing a double BBA in Accounting and Finance. In addition to tutoring, I am also at Swim Instructor at Leahi Swim School. When I'm not studying or teaching, you can always catch me at the beach or trying to chase a waterfall. If you need help with Accounting, I'm your girl!

Hi everyone, my name is Jacqueline and I tutor math at the Housing Success Center (HSC). Currently I am a Junior majoring in mathematics. A few of the things I enjoy besides tutoring include trying new places to eat, going to the beach, travelling, & making people smile. I also love buying socks! I hope you stop by HSC with any questions you may have as I’d be more than happy to help you 🙂

Last updated… Dec 5th, 2019