2013 Outstanding Teacher of America
North Salinas High School
Yo Azama is a graduate of California State University in Monterey Bay, CA, and holds a single subject credential from that universityï¿½s program. He also has a multiple subject teaching credential from the New College of California and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Showa Academia Musicae in Kanagawa, Japan. From 1996 to 1999, he taught Japanese at Clarendon Elementary School in San Francisco, and from 1999 to 2000, he taught Japanese, English Literature and a cultural exploratory class at Gaviian View Middle School in Salinas. Since 2000, Yo has taught Japanese at all levels at North Salinas High School. He has published widely in the field of language education and culture. In 2012, Yo was named National Language Teacher of the year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language and in 2011 he was named Outstanding World Language Teacher of the Year by the International Language and Cultural Foundation. Yo has received many more awards since beginning his teaching career in 1996. Currently, Yo is teaching Japanese 1, 2 and 3 and AP Japanese.