It is such a tremendous honor to receive the Presidential Award among so many outstanding and dedicated teachers. This award is shared with my students who inspire and challenge me, my family who has always encouraged and supported me, and my colleagues who I learn from every day. This reflective process has taught me that I will continue to learn and grow throughout my career and share these experiences with my students.

Kristie Yamamoto Honolulu, HI | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Kristie Yamamoto has been teaching for nine years and has taught mathematics at Henry J. Kaiser High School for the last four years. She currently teaches 9th-12th grade Algebra 2, 12th grade Introduction to College Mathematics (ICM), and 11th grade International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics: Application and Interpretation. Kristie spent the previous five years teaching mathematics to seventh and eighth graders at Niu Valley Middle School. Kristie’s desire is for every student to see the connections between mathematics and the world-at-large. She develops projects on a variety of topics to engage students, including the cost of speeding tickets, the need for water conservation, and the cost of a college education. Kristie is a Hawaii state network educator for the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Consortium and works on developing engaging and accessible formative assessments for teachers. As a part of the Hawaii item authoring program, Kristie develops and reviews items for the SBA. Kristie is also a coauthor of “Wisdom Walk: A High School Math Review,” which is a compilation of rigorous mathematics problems to help students prepare for the SBA. Kristie earned a B.A. in psychology from Chaminade University and a M.A.T. in secondary mathematics from Chaminade University. She is certified in secondary mathematics.