Retreat Speaker - Alex Kajitani

Fifteen years ago, Alex Kajitani was a struggling new teacher in one of San Diego’s poorest neighborhoods.  His students seemed unmotivated, unengaged and uninterested in what 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 Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year, 2009, and is lauded for his motivating and innovative strategies that teachers and parents can use to help ALL their student achieve in math. He’s also known as “The Rappin’ Mathematician,” and his books, videos and online programs are being used in homes and classrooms around the world.

In this inspiring and engaging keynote, Alex will share refreshingly honest stories of his experiences as a teacher and parent, and interweave them with proven strategies that can be implemented the very next day to make an immediate impact on students’ lives.
About Alex: 
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 Americato 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