Xiao Yi Wang Beckvall
Xiao Yi is a pre-med student attending Hawaii Pacific University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and minoring in Forensic Health Science. She discovered her passion for helping others at a young age when she volunteered at the Special Olympics as a tennis coach in middle school. Ever since then, she has been coaching, teaching, tutoring, and mentoring others. She has worked as a Title-I After-School Facilitator with Hawaiian Mission Academy, and most recently, Damien Middle School, where she was able to share her passion for science through conducting hands-on STEM projects with students. She also tutors students individually in science, English, and math ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade. When she is not tutoring or teaching, she can either be found in the lab working on Alzheimer’s research, mentoring other students in research and instrumentation techniques, assisting HPU’s communications and marketing team, or running the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society as the Vice President.
Hannah currently serves as the Title 1 Program Coordinator and Curriculum Developer at Tutor Doctor Hawaii. She also serves as a tutor for various subjects for elementary and middle school and as an English and History tutor for High School and beyond. Hannah’s teaching career began overseas and she has been involved in education ever since, teaching AP US and World History, lecturing at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and even a year as a 4th Grade Homeroom teacher at St. Ann School Kaneohe. When Hannah is not teaching academics, she is teaching dance classes at The Movement Center and Ballet Hawaii. Education has and continues to be the focus of Hannah’s career. She is dedicated to seeing students grow not only in knowledge and success but most importantly in their love of learning.
Hometown: Lake Jackson, Texas
Hobbies: Dancing, hiking, surfing, and cooking
Superpower she wish she had: Teleportation and the ability ready ridiculously fast but still understand everything
Favorite emoji: 😬
First Job: Dance Teacher
Hidden Talent: Ambidextrous
Favorite Quote: “The biggest mistake you can make in your life is to be afraid of making a mistake.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Courney Pagach is a tutor and Title 1 Program Coordinator at Tutor Doctor Hawaii. Prior to moving to Oahu from Columbus, Ohio she attended Ohio University where she received both a Bachelors in Moderate to Intensive Special Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Courtney has had the opportunity to teach and tutor a variety of subjects from elementary to high school, and she looks forward to continuing her work in education with Tutor Doctor Hawaii.
Hometown: Hilliard, Ohio
Favorite Food: Pizza
Hobbies: Hiking, outdoor activities, and playing with her cat, Nora
Favorite Emoji: 🤩
First Job: Graeter’s Ice Cream Shop
Hidden Talent: Can lick her own elbow