An Escondido middle school teacher who uses rap to help teach kids math was named California Teacher of the Year.
"It's a way to give them all the important math concepts that they need to learn, in a form that they like," Kajitani told the North County Times, explaining that after years of having students come into class singing rap and hip hop songs from the radio
He was honored by Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell.
"It's such an absolute honor to represent the teachers in California," Kajitani told the North County Times in a brief phone interview between classes Wednesday morning. "But I really see this as a responsibility and an opportunity as well."
As the state Teacher of the Year representing California, Kajitani will join other teachers representing their state in a White House visit with President Barack Obama, who will be sworn into office in January.