Our certified and experienced teachers are committed to providing the best study experience possible for our students. We are delighted to introduce our talented and caring teachers to you!
LOUISE MINERVINO // DIRECTOR OF ACADEMICS
Prior to teaching and managing ESL programs in Hawaii, Louise taught ESL at what is now Jiao Tong University (then the Dalian Railway Institute) in Dalian, China and worked with a team to found the Futures American School, in Cairo, Egypt. Locally, Louise has taught English for 7 years and also taught a graduate course in organizational behavior for the University of Phoenix. She served as an Assistant Commissioner of Education in New Jersey and has directed public libraries in Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin and Connecticut. Louise has both a B.A. and M.A. at the University of Iowa and has an MBA from the University of Chicago.
DOUGLAS GROESSER // DIRECTOR OF CAMBRIDGE & INSTRUCTOR
Our Director of Cambridge & instructor Doug Groesser is one of the top Cambridge instructors on the island. Douglas has over 20 years of instructional experience on three continents. In addition to course development and teaching experience at world-renowned schools, such as UC Berkeley, Douglas also has 8 years of experience with University of Cambridge ESOL products. Douglas holds a BA and MA in English with an emphasis in teaching writing, and a single subject teaching credential in English. He believes that the key to his successful Cambridge Exams Courses is to provide consistency, awareness and an understanding of the exam process. At ICC Hawaii, he manages the Cambridge course and testing program.
WHITNEY THORDARSON // ENGLISH FOR COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR & INSTRUCTOR
Whitney’s B.A. in Business Administration and Cambridge University CELTA certification have proven extremely useful in her role as English for Communication (EC) Coordinator and instructor. As the EC Coordinator, she manages our most popular course at ICC Hawaii. Her love for teaching stems from a study abroad experience as a university student in Japan, where she eventually taught English for three years. In addition to Japan, her 20+ years of English teaching experience includes several years here in Hawaii and in Scotland. When Whitney is teaching, she spends as much time as possible swimming in the clear Hawaiian water and enjoying its rich marine life.
SCOTT BOWLING // ENGLISH FOR COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTOR
Scott holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education from Northern Arizona University. He has been teaching for over 20 years, including three years instructing English abroad in in Portugal and Mexico. He is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. Scott’s progressive teaching methods blend proven ESL methods with the use of technology, such as wikis, online videos, and forums. Scott leads outdoor activities for ICC Hawaii, including hikes from the simple and scenic to more challenging trails. He enjoys leading more difficult hikes like he enjoys teaching complex phrases in English because he loves watching his students overcome obstacles they never thought they could.
DEVRI FUCHIGAMI // ENGLISH FOR COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTOR
Devri is a longstanding Hawaiian resident and enjoys her life on the island with her husband and three children. She obtained her B.A. in Intercultural Communication with an emphasis on English and linguistics from Arizona State University, where she graduated Magna cum laude with honors. She continued her teacher training studies via CELTA in 2004, passing with an A. Devri has worked with ICC Hawaii students since 2003 and has also taught ESL at Kaimuki/Kaiser Community School and the University of Hawaii. Devri’s students adore her class, saying she is a kind and helpful teacher with an infectious passion for communication in the English language.
TAD MATSUNAGA // ENGLISH FOR COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTOR
Prior to joining ICC Hawaii, Tad had 10 years of experience in teaching ESL in and around Kobe, Japan where he taught English to all ages (pre-school to seniors) and all levels. He taught in an international school, area churches, junior and senior high schools and a trade school. Tad earned a M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Biola University. His thesis “Contrastive Rhetoric and Japanese English Students’ Expository Writing Style” which explores cultural differences in writing styles and their implications for ESL teachers is available through the ERIC Clearinghouse. Tad enjoys working at ICC Hawaii because “we have the best students from around the world, and who are earnest and really want to study English.”
DAVE RIGGS // ENGLISH FOR COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTOR
A native of upstate New York, Dave’s ESL experience has spanned almost thirty years and encompasses teaching in China, Japan, and Mexico. His experience in Japan also includes serving as a tour guide, an interpreter, and a cross-cultural director. With a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Washington, and an M.A. in Japanese Language from the University of Hawaii, he has taught Japanese conversation at the University of Hawaii, Chaminade University and Kapiolani Community College. Dave has an M.A. in English from the School for International Training and another M.A. in Japanese Literature from the University of Hawaii. At Cornell University he studied in the MBA program. He is fluent in Japanese and also speaks some Chinese and Spanish. Dave says that the “atmosphere of ohana (family)” has kept him teaching at ICC Hawaii for more than eleven years!