Dr. Kapono Ciotti is passionate about the science of teaching and learning and has put this practice to work as Director / Head of School at The American International School in Egypt. Kapono is an international trainer and professional development coach, teacher, and a culture and place-based curriculum writer, focusing on culturally appropriate pedagogy. With the Pacific American foundation, he has written for the Kai E’e, Malama Kaho’olawe and Aloha ‘Aina curriculums and facilitated numerous trainings for Department of Education, Charter, Independent and International Schools. He has over 12 years of classroom teaching before moving into senior administration in non-profits and K-12 schools. He now leads one of the region’s most influential K-12 institutions, AISE. Kapono spent 15 years as a facilitator for the National Association of Independent Schools specializing in issues of diversity in education, and is a contributor to national movements in project-based, and 21st century learning.
Kapono Ciotti earned a PhD in International education, with a focus in Indigenous Issues in 2018 from Northcentral University. He holds a Masters degree in Social Change and Development from the University of Newcastle, Australia and a Bachelors in Language and Cultural Studies from The Evergreen State College, Washington.