Every year, the National Life Group Foundation, recognizes K-12 public and private school educators and employees who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership.
Higashi, a science and physical education teacher at ASTI, is one of 15 teachers from across the country who won an award.
Higashi was nominated by a group of ASTI colleagues. “Mr. Higashi wears many hats,” said Principal Tracy Corbally. “He teaches a wide variety of subjects, from biology and media to physical education. He embeds his talents and passion for his subjects into his curriculum, engaging students and making learning matter.”
Students, staff, LifeChangers representatives and his family members surprised Higashi with the announcement in the ASTI quad at noon.
A centerpice of Higashi’s efforts is a 5,000 square foot garden, managed by students, that includes an orchard and serves as an outdoor classroom on the environment, gardening and nutrition.
Higashi has taught at the school for 9 years.