Intensive English Program

Fred Kamperman, Instructor

Aloha! I love languages and experiencing different cultures. Besides English, I speak, French, German, Dutch and intermediate Japanese. I have taught English in New York City, Vancouver, Osaka and Barcelona. I did both my certificate and diploma of teaching English to speakers of other languages (CELTA and DELTA) with Cambridge University, as well as my Master’s in TESOL at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. I love teaching and learning. I learn a lot from my students while teaching English language and culture.

Lehua Akano, Instructor

Lehua was born and raised in Okinawa, Japan where her Hawaiian father was stationed, serving in the Air Force. Her lifelong dream to explore her native heritage came true when she moved from California to Hawaiʻi Island in 2013. She went to UH Hilo to get her double BA in Japanese Studies and Linguistics. She also managed to squeeze in a TESOL teaching certificate. Lehua loves to sing and dance, but her passion is teaching English to the international students at the IEP program.

Deseree Salvador, Interim Coordinator

Deseree has spent a decade each in universities and/or colleges in Japan, Alaska and Hawaii (yes, she is that old!). She is passionate about traveling the world and learning about other cultures. She studied International Relations at UC Davis, received a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from University of York (UK), a certificate in Developmental Education administration from the Kellogg Institute, and finally, a doctorate International and Cross-cultural Higher Education at the University of Minnesota. She loves the Puna district of Hawai’i.

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 reading, painting nails, Hawaiian quilting, watching movies, and playing with her 2 cats. Eri oversees the IEP Volunteer program, Tutoring for IEP students, and the IEP Computer Lab.