Keynote Speaker

Yo Azama

yo_azamaYo 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.


ACTFL (American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages Website

Carlston Family Foundation