Whitney Aragaki (she/her) teaches tenth-grade biology and Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science at Waiākea High School in Hilo, Hawai‘i. She also teaches AP Environmental Science and AP Computer Science Principles statewide for the Hawai‘i Virtual Learning Network.
Aragaki has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Swarthmore College, and a Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She is a candidate in the Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education.
Aragaki began her teaching career with support from the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Aspiring Teachers of Color Fellowship and the National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship. She is an alumna of the Hawai‘i State Teacher Fellowship. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Google Certified Educator and a 2019 and 2021 state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.