Author: Nakoa Nunies

Robert Young

Robert Young is a first-year professor at KCC. He teaches Math 75x to students. To most of his students, he is known as “Kumu”. When he is not teaching, he is studying neuroscience at the center of disabilities for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Prior to teaching at KCC, Kumu Robert worked at Ānuenue and helped develop the math program there. He also currently works to develop 8th-grade mathematics curriculum for Native Hawaiians.

Young likes to spend his time working at the Institute For Human Services (IHS), a homeless shelter for families and children in Kalihi. There he runs an after-school science and math program.

“I think I like learning about the world more, math is just a means to do it,” said Kumu Robert.

He explains that math is a universal concept that can apply to anything. Kumu Robert prefers to not focus on one thing but instead likes to study many things including neuroscience and physics. Math gives him the tools to understand the world.

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Deevon Donre

Deevon Donre is a first-year part-time student attending Kapi‘olani Community College focused on liberal arts with the intention of switching to natural sciences later. She’s most commonly known for her long brown hair, which extends all the way down to her ankles.

“It’s a family thing,” Deevon said. “The trick is coconut oil.”

Since she was a child she used coconut oil in her hair to keep it healthy.

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  • Carl WheelerCarl Wheeler
    86-year-old Carl Wheeler can be found in the library as a math tutor at the study hub. Wheeler started teaching math in classrooms back in 1956; he's taught everywhere from Mid-Pacific Institute, Punahou School, and even Kapiʻolani Community College. He retired from teaching in the classroom in 1997 and started tutoring because he said he has time to do it, he can be of help, and he likes math. Wheeler chose his field of teaching when he was in junior high school and while he tried other things he was always coming back to teaching math in the end. Wheeler also provides private tutoring at $60-70 an hour, though that is rare these days, or for free if it is family or friends. While private tutoring has its benefits, he prefers tutoring at KCC as there is more variety. More students come from a variety of math courses in which he can help. "Language, what do the words mean. The meaning of words," Wheeler said. "How it helps one understand. ... I've long held the belief if one understands why a particular word is chosen for a concept one understands the concept better, and I stick that in my teaching all the time."

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