Intensive English Program

Steven Clements, Interim 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. He received his MEd from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. 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. He moved to Hilo in 2004. He loves gardening, snorkeling, and exploring the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.

Gleah Rider, Instructor

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.

Cybele Stevens, Instructor

Cybele grew up on the Big Island, but developed an interest in culture, language and travel at an early age due to summer visits to her mother’s hometown, Sevilla, Spain. She studied Cultural Anthropology at UH Manoa and earned her BA with distinction in 2000. She then traveled to Honduras where she taught English for a year in a very rural town. She studied international journalism and professional writing at Boston University and earned an MS in Communications in 2005. She completed her degree with a public relations internship program in England and went on to work as a communications executive in Honolulu. Cybele then returned to her love of teaching English as a Second Language and spent a total of 5 years working in South Korea. She has been teaching at the Intensive English Program for three years and truly loves her job. She also enjoys running, the ocean, and spending time with her very darling young daughter.

Theresa Divinski, Instructor

Theresa has worked as an educator in many different settings ranging from preschool to college. She graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with distinction in 1978 and received a BA in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Behavioral Sciences. Several years later, she returned to graduate school to study Child Development and Early Childhood Education Administration. In 2001, she moved to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and began teaching English as a Second Language for the Hawaii Job Corps program on the island of Kwajalein. She taught there for 4 years before moving to Hawaii Island where she continued to teach ESL and reading recovery classes. After two years as an iCAN instructor for Hawaiʻi Community College, she returned to teaching English as a Second Language for the Intensive English Program in January 2016. Outside of work, Theresa is an avid reader and gardener and loves traveling with her husband of 38 years.

Eri Hall, Assistant Coordinator

Eri is from Kamakura city, Japan. She went abroad and joined a host family program when she was 14 years old and from there she made a goal to be able to speak English fluently. She graduated from an American college in Japan with a Liberal Arts degree and transferred to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. While she was studying there, she took advantage of the National Exchange Program and studied at Oregon State University for a year. She interned and volunteered at the International Student office during her college life. She earned a BA in Anthropology and worked in New York for a year with an OPT (Optional Practical Program). In her spare time, she enjoys sightseeing, cooking, reading, painting nails, Hawaiʻian quilting, watching movies, and playing with her 2 cats. Eri oversees the IEP Volunteer program, Tutoring for IEP students, and the IEP Computer Lab.