Kentaro Iwasaki

Kentaro Iwasaki

Kentaro Iwasaki, RIDES Fellow 2019-2021
The son of Japanese immigrants, Kentaro Iwasaki knew from a young age that he aspired to become a teacher. As a student growing up in Southern California, he experienced first-hand the deep and dissonant disparity between public and private schools which inspired him to provide high-quality education to students furthest from the center of opportunity. He was a high school math teacher and department head for 16 years, primarily at Mission High School in San Francisco. There, he led his department in dismantling the tracked honors math program, resulting in an increase of AP math enrollment by 400% and increased passing rates on AP math exams among students of color. Most recently, Kentaro served as the Associate Director of Learning and Teaching at non-profit ConnectEd for 7 years, where he supported district leaders, administrators, and teachers in implementing Linked Learning college-and-career pathways. Currently a doctoral student in education leadership at Harvard, Kentaro holds a BA with honors from Stanford and a secondary teaching credential from San Francisco State University. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2011 and is a National Board Certified Teacher.