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Leaders Who Inspire Us: Alex Kajitani

Editor’s Note: Continuing with our Leaders Who Inspire Us campaign, check out today’s featured leader Alex Kajitani! Keep an eye out for more inspirational people in our field who are change-makers. If you want to recommend someone, please send a note to [email protected].

Alex Kajitani (Kaw-juw-taw-nee) is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. He is the co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers, and his first book, Owning It was named “Recommended Reading” by the U.S. Department of Education. Alex is also on a mission to get every kid in America to learn their times tables, and to make this happen, he created the popular online program Alex is a highly-sought after keynote speaker who supports and motivates teachers nationwide, and he’s known around the world as “The Rappin’ Mathematician.” Alex has a popular TED Talk, has been honored at The White House, and was featured on The CBS Evening News, where Katie Couric exclaimed, “I LOVE that guy!” For more of his innovative ideas, visit



As I travel the county speaking to educators, I am inspired, every day, by those who are working with our students to change outcomes, improve lives, and create the world as it can be.


I am on a mission to help EVERY kid in America master their multiplication tables, so they can be confident in math (and life!).


Making math engaging, relevant, and fun!


“That which we are, we are all the while teaching.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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