The son of Japanese immigrants, Kentaro knew from a young age that he aspired to become a teacher. Growing up in Southern California, he experienced first-hand the deep and dissonant disparity between public and private schools, which inspired him to provide the highest quality education possible to students furthest from opportunity. He thrived in his role as a high school math teacher and department head for 16 years, primarily at Mission High School in San Francisco. There, he led his department in dismantling the tracked honors math program, resulting in an increase of Advanced Placement (AP) math enrollment by 400% and increased passing rates on AP math exams among students of color. Kentaro has been with ConnectED since 2011 where he leads work focused on instructional impact through core values of authenticity and trust. Kentaro holds a B.A. with Honors from Stanford and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Harvard. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2011 and is a National Board Certified Teacher.