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Mariko Yorimoto has proudly served the students and teachers of Hawai`i for the past eleven years and is the current assistant principal at Ka`imiloa Elementary School in `Ewa Beach. A native Hawaiian, Mariko is a strong advocate of minorities and the disadvantaged population. She believes that given the proper conditions, dispositions, and mindset, all students can surpass their own expectations.

A leader who still enjoys going into the classrooms to teach alongside her staff, Mrs. Yorimoto firmly advocates for  teacher empowerment through effective feedback, training, and support to promote both student learning and teacher growth. She also thrives on validating the hard work and achievements of her students and staff through multiple social media platforms. Colleagues have recognized her strengths as an achiever, learner, believer, activator, motivator, and positive visionary.

Mariko graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership. As a lifelong learner and Inspired and Passionate Educator, she will soon embark on her quest for a doctorate in curriculum and instruction.  Twitter: @Hi_okiram