Meet Alex Kajitani

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers

Meet Alex Kajitani

Fifteen years ago, Alex Kajitani was a struggling new teacher in one of California’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 a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year, 2009, and is lauded for his innovation and “real talk” as a teacher. He’s also known as “The Rappin’ Mathematician,” and the creator of MultiplicationNation. com, the first-of-its-kind, interactive, online program devoted to getting every kid to master their times tables, so they can be confident in math, and in life.

A highly sought-after speaker, Alex’s journey — from frustrated new teacher to being honored at The White House Rose Garden — is one he now shares with educators and business leaders across the country, to inspire them to new heights and fresh ways of thinking.

Alex is also the author of Owning It: Proven Strategies for Success in ALL of Your Roles as a Teacher Today, named “Recommended Reading” by the U.S. Department of Education, has a popular TEDx Talk, and was featured on the CBS Evening News, with Katie Couric exclaiming, “I LOVE that guy!”

In his free time, you can find Alex hanging out with his family, or at the beach surfing (or both!).

For more inspiration, or to book Alex to speak to your school, district or organization, visit

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