Eliza Akana Yoshida Wailuku, HI | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Eliza Akana Yoshida has been teaching elementary students for 13 years. She has taught fourth and fifth grade and was a mathematics resource teacher. Eliza also served as a State STEM Math Resource Teacher and provided professional development to teachers throughout Hawaii.  In 2013, Eliza helped to open Pu'u Kukui Elementary School where she taught fifth grade and established a Math Matters competition team. She is currently a curriculum coordinator at Pu'u Kukui, where her responsibilities include facilitating teacher learning and collaboration while supporting the implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.  With her passion for mathematics at the forefront, Eliza works to instill a growth mindset in her students through the facilitation of student-led mathematical discourse. Students work collaboratively while asking questions of themselves and each other, and are comfortable with making mistakes. Eliza has embraced the Common Core Standards and her vision is for all students to be mathematical thinkers and persevere in solving problems. Eliza has a B.A. in sociology and a B.A. in American ethnic studies from the University of Washington. She has a M.Ed. in elementary education from the University of Phoenix. She is certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade elementary education.