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Coordinators and Instructors

Sherri Fujita, MA, Coordinator
Sherri was born in New York and has lived and taught English in the United Kingdom, the United States, Nepal and Japan. For almost 10 years she served as the director of studies at Simul Academy in Tokyo, Japan. So far, she has been teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language) for 15 years.
She has a master's degree in social sciences from the University of London, the Royal Society of Arts certificate in language teaching as well as an MA in teaching EFL from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Sherri's professional interests are testing, content-based curriculum development and writing materials based on authentic sources.
Sherri's husband is from Japan and she has two children who were born there. She likes to spend her free time with her family, taking her children to places like the beach and the zoo.

Steven Clements, Assistant Coordinator 
Steven was born in southern California, and comes from a family of artists. He studied Fine Art and Psychology, and received a BA from Union Institute. Although he ran a business for many years, he's always enjoyed being a teacher. He taught drawing workshops at the University of California Extension, Web Page Design and Computer Graphics at the New Media Center, and volunteered as an ESL teacher for refugees at the Sudanese English Project. He began teaching English as a Second Language in 1993.
He lived and taught English for 5 years in Kanazawa, on the west coast of Japan. He is an avid traveler, and has visited more than 20 countries. Following a lifelong dream of living in a tropical paradise, he moved to Hilo in 2004. He loves gardening, snorkeling, and exploring the Big Island of Hawaii.
Steven oversees the Conversation Lounge, Tutoring for IEP students, and the IEP Computer Lab. He is also the Study Abroad Coordinator for Hawaii Community College.

Karen Riley
Karen Riley has taught English to international students for more than fifteen years. She has taught English in Oregon, California and Hawaii in programs for university students and in programs for immigrants and refugees.
Karen holds M.A. and Ph, D degrees in the social sciences. She loves teaching. She has traveled to more than twenty countries and has lived in India, Thailand and Mexico. When she’s not working or traveling, she can be found in her garden near Hilo or in her kayak in the ocean. 

Gleah Rider
Gleah H. Rider has been teaching English as a Second Language for over 18 years.  She loves teaching and meeting students from different places and cultures.  She graduated from the University of Colorado with a diversified major in Asian Studies.  She has a Masters degree in Reading from the University of California.  She also has Certificates in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Teaching Business English.  She taught English in Japan for 15 years and in Mexico for 1 year. She enjoys teaching, traveling, reading and playing with her grandchildren.



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