Ann Kashiwa’s experiences of growing up in a small, isolated Hawaiian sugar plantation village fueled her passion and dedication to learning.  She is a master teacher who has been intimately involved in the lives of young people for over 30 years.  As a recipient of many distinguished grants and awards, including a National Endowment of the Humanities Teacher-Scholar grant and finalist for the Washington State Teacher of the Year, Ann stands as a model for excellence in education.  Her leadership in developing successful innovations and curriculum delivery systems has resulted in meeting the demands of the changing initiatives in education since the Model Schools Project.  She earned her B.A. from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., a M.HEd. from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a Principal’s Certificate from Western Washington University in Bellingham.  Her first book, Meaningful Conversations: Connecting the Dot and True Colors, gives insight into reaching the centeredness of an individual.  This core, called The Dot, houses creativity, authenticity, empowerment, and self-esteem.  Her current projects, True Colors Teaching and a companion workbook for students, focus on the entire education community and how it serves its clients–the K-12 students.


Ann has been a True Colors Master Trainer since 1998 in education, corporate, healthcare, government and nonprofit organizations.