Takeru “TK” Nagayoshi is the 2020 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and an educator-consultant whose work and voice has been featured in places such as This American Life, Time Magazine, The Nation, the Smithsonian and at the Federal Reserve Bank. He is currently the Professional Learning Director of Community Events at Panorama Education and leads large-scale events that reach an audience of over 10,000 people.
A nationally recognized educator, TK frequently offers commentary and analysis on K-12 education issues, having written numerous op-eds and featuring in hundreds of panels, podcasts, and other media and speaking engagements. TK also leads training and workshops around the country on topics ranging from teacher leadership, to education policy, to social-emotional learning, and to curriculum and pedagogy at the high school level. TK has received recognitions such as the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence (2021), Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award (2019), Boston University Young Alumni Award (2019), and Sontag Prize in Urban Education (2018). He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with an honors B.A. in international relations and from Boston University an M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching. He’s currently an adjunct professor at Northeastern University.
As a son of Japanese immigrants and a gay person of color, TK leverages his identities to fight for and center diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in his work.