Seleena M. Harkness-Lee
Owner and Master Instructor
Established in December 2015, Elite Prep Hawaii LLC offers educational services in Hawaii and the surrounding Asia-Pacific region.
Aloha! I am a liberal arts professor, SAT prep instructor, English language and writing instructor, and founder of Elite Prep Hawaii LLC based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Originally from the NYC area, I received SAT teacher training from The Princeton Review in Princeton, NJ in 2000. Named The Princeton Review’s “SAT Teacher of the Year" in 2003, I have taught SAT Critical Reading and SAT Writing prep continuously over the last fifteen years and helped thousands of students get into top colleges and universities all over the United States.
I attended Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and graduated with an undergraduate arts degree from Rutgers University with the highest honors. With a graduate degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the CertTESOL from Trinity College of London, I have taught English language, writing and communication courses at Global Village English Language Centres, Hawaii Tokai International College, Chaminade University, and Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu.
In 2008, I began an eight-year journey at Hawaii Tokai International College (HTIC) when I joined the college's full-time faculty. As Associate Professor in HTIC's Liberal Arts Program, I taught courses in public speaking and communication, writing and composition, humanities, and performing arts. In the college's academic English language program, HTIC's College Preparatory Program, I have taught courses ranging from academic writing, listening and speaking, TOEFL prep and grammar.
In 2011, I was recognized by the U.S. Embassy's English Language Specialist Program and traveled to Ukraine to conduct English language, drama, and communication workshops at the Luhansk State Institute of Culture and Arts. The following year, I chaired the annual Hawaii TESOL Conference at Hawaii Tokai International College in Honolulu, HI. As a specialist in teaching communication and test prep skills to both local and international students, I have worked with students from the US, Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, Mongolia, France, Spain, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Mexico, and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
I've been an SAT prep instructor at Punahou School and Le Jardin Academy since 2013. At UH Manoa, I've been a TOEFL prep instructor at Outreach College since Spring 2016. Additionally, I've taught SAT test prep at Accelerations Learning Center, Excel Learning Center, and Ivy Prep Academy in Honolulu, HI.