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Ken Kang (HI '17)

Technology Coordinator

Aiea High School
Aiea, HI

Subject(s) taught: Technology
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Ken Kang was:

Technology Coordinator
Aiea High School
Aeia, HI

Subject(s) taught: Technology
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

When Ken Kang started Aiea High School’s first STEM class in 2015, the dozen seniors had little experience in coding, programming, or using math and science to drive innovation. Kang, the school’s technology coordinator, engaged the students with interactive lessons, mentoring them, fostering innovation and creativity in tackling relevant real-world challenges, and encouraging them to think outside the box and persevere. At the end of the year, students presented capstone projects on medical and environmental issues that included technological systems, products and programs driven by algorithms and the scientific process. All of the students graduated with STEM honors, and several went on to prestigious colleges and military service academies.

Students and staff turn to Kang for leadership and guidance with technology and beyond. Always looking for ways to improve teachers’ communication and collaboration, he incorporated and trained Aiea’s staff on Google Classroom, Google Docs and Infinite Campus, a new grading system. Kang runs district-level workshops to help all the schools in Aiea Principal Complex integrate technology and has helped upgrade intercom and phone systems, digital marquees and computer software. He serves on Aiea’s academic review team, community council and leadership team. Kang sponsors many clubs and works with students to build models and robots and create a culture of innovation at Aiea.

Kang is passionate about giving back to the Aiea community and knows firsthand how important education is to students’ long-term success. When his family arrived in Hawaii from Korea, Kang was an English language learner and qualified for free and reduced lunch. He graduated from Aiea High School, went to college and worked as an electrical engineer before transitioning to the classroom. Kang co-chairs Aiea’s academic review team, collaborating with colleagues to improve student achievement. He leads Tech Nights to increase technology awareness in the community, especially important to families who lack access to equipment or the internet. The school culture promotes Achievement, Integrity and Relationships (AIR); Kang excels at all three.

A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kang earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1997 and a post-baccalaureate degree in secondary education and educational technology in 2005.

Press release: Tech guru Ken Kang cracks the code on successful learning, earns a $25,000 Milken Educator Award


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Ken Kang In The News

LISTEN --> Milken Educator Award Winner: Aiea High School Teacher, Ken Kang
KANU-FM  |  NPR  |  Feb 07, 2018  |  Anchorage, AK

Aiea High’s Tech Guru Wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Honolulu Star-Advertiser  |  Feb 06, 2018  |  Honolulu, HI

WATCH --> He Quit Engineering to be a Teacher. Now, He's Won an 'Oscar' for Educators
Hawaii News Now  |  KHNL-TV (NBC) | KGMB-TV (CBS) | KFVE-TV (MyNetworkTV)  |  Feb 05, 2018  |  Honolulu, HI

WATCH --> Aiea High Teacher Wins "Milken Educator" Award - an Oscar for Teaching
KITV-TV  |  NBC  |  Feb 05, 2018  |  Honolulu, HI

WATCH --> Aiea Educator Receives Prestigious National Award
KHON-TV  |  FOX  |  Feb 05, 2018  |  Honolulu, HI