About Us

The Teacher Portfolio & Preparation Series (TiPPS) was created by Kenton Harsch and Jim Yoshioka in 2000. TiPPS facilitators have included Priscilla Faucette (ELI Associate Director, SLS Undergraduate Advisor) and Emily Lee (SLS Program Specialist).

In Fall 2017, TiPPS will again be taught by its two co-founders, Jim Yoshioka and Kenton Harsch.

KENTON HARSCH serves primarily as Director of the English Language Institute (ELI) in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He has an MA in TESOL from Temple University and has worked as a teacher and administrator in Japan and Hawai‘i since 1993. His interests include pedagogical applications of theory, the role of reflection in learning, and materials development. Email Kenton

JIM YOSHIOKA is Program Coordinator for the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) and Events Coordinator for the College of Languages, Linguistics, & Literature at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He graduated with an MA in English as a Second Language from the Department of Second Language Studies at UH Mānoa in 1999. His professional interests include sociolinguistics, language pedagogy (particularly writing), and assessment. His current personal interests include country-western dancing, theatre, cooking, and geothermal geology. Email Jim


EMILY LEE is Program Specialist for the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she supports the Department Chair, Graduate Chair, and the Undergraduate Coordinator. She holds an MA in Second Language Studies from UH Mānoa and has worked as editor, translator, ESL/EFL teacher, and coordinator since 2000. She has experience in various sectors available to language professionals—including nonprofit, public education, and commercial settings—and is passionate about helping others find the best career fit for their personal and professional development and joy. Email Emily

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