Fifteen years ago, Alex Kajitani was a struggling new teacher in one of California’s poorest neighborhoods. His middle school students seemed unmotivated, unengaged, and uninterested in the math he was teaching. Demoralized and desperate, he set out on a journey to turn his class—and his life—around.
Today, Alex holds the title of California Teacher of the Year and was a top-4 finalist for National Teacher of the Year. He is lauded for his innovation and “real talk” as a teacher and leader and is also known around the world as “The Rappin’ Mathematician.”
Alex’s journey—from frustrated new teacher to being honored by the White House—is one he now shares with educators and business leaders across the country. He tells refreshingly honest stories of what it truly means to connect with students and colleagues and interweaves these stories with proven strategies that can be implemented the very next day to make an immediate impact.
A highly sought-after speaker and a top authority on teacher leadership, Alex is the author of several books, including Owning It, which was a “Recommended Reading” by the US Department of Education. Alex is also on a mission to get every child to learn his or her times tables, and to make this happen, he created the popular online program “Multiplication Nation.” Alex has a popular TED Talk and was featured on The CBS Evening News, where Katie Couric exclaimed, “I love that guy!”