Yo Azama is currently teaching Japanese at North Salinas High School and is a team leader of the Monterey Bay Foreign Language Project. He also serves as a College Board Advisor for AP Japanese Language and Culture Development Committee.
He has conducted numerous presentations and seminars regionally and nationally on various topics including; Motivational Curriculum & Syllabus Design, Classroom Management, and Effective use of Technology in World Language Classroom. In 2003, he served as a member of the Instructional Materials Advisory Panel for the California Department of Education.
His teaching has been featured in the Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 Video Library by WGBH Boston in 2003.
He also has been a recipient of numerous Teaching Excellence awards. He was named the 2012 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year and Teacher of America Award by Carlston Family Foundation in 2013.