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Van Onishi (he/him)

Van Onishi (he/him)

Director of Educator Leadership

Van grew up in Hawaii, and he has lived in California and Japan. His work as a teacher in Japanese schools profoundly shaped a passion for fostering curiosity and collaboration in the classroom. Before joining WABS in 2021, he taught English in the Bellevue School District and Mukilteo School District. For several years, he served as a curriculum leader to increase student access to underrepresented voices and more diverse content in literature courses. Van is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Seattle Pacific University and a Master in Teaching from Western Washington University. He enjoys traveling, reading, and running.