Phone: (206) 780-6501
Grade / Subject: Principal
Sonoji Sakai Intermediate is entering its 17th year as a unique fifth and sixth grade school. I’m proud to be working with such wonderful students and staff, and with such a supportive community.
I’ve been in public education since 1995 when I was a para-educator at Balboa High School in San Francisco. After that, I taught fourth and fifth grade for three years in Petaluma, CA. In 1999, my wife was pleased at my suggestion to move to Washington. She was born and raised in Bellingham. It was amazing to land a job on Bainbridge Island. I was overjoyed to be a sixth grade Science and Language Arts teacher as Sakai opened its doors for the first time. I spent the next six years at Sakai, which included teaching fifth grade for a year, and serving the role as Associate Principal for a year. I received my Principal's Certificate in 2004 from the University of Washington. From 2005- 2008, I was the Principal at Green Mountain Elementary in the Central Kitsap School District. In 2008, I was fortunate to return to Sakai as Principal. I’m currently in my 8th year as Principal of Sakai.
I’m a father with two children in the Bainbridge Island School District. A teacher does not have to be a parent to be an effective educator, however, I know that having the perspective of a parent has helped me in my profession.
At Sakai, all students should expect a safe and caring environment. Students and parents should also expect a challenging academic program that prepares individuals well for their next step in the educational process. Staff continually help students realize academic success. We also recognize the healthy social and emotional development of students as paramount to being successful. Throughout the Sakai experience we are interested in developing the whole individual and in making learning fun. Success breeds success, and that motivates students to become lifelong learners.
It's important for parents and caregivers to be involved in their children's education at Sakai. I know that not all parents and caregivers can volunteer at the school. Being involved most importantly means communicating daily with your child about school. It also means communicating with your child’s teacher(s), myself, the associate principal, the counselors and all staff. In this way, we can all be better prepared to make meaningful connections with students. When we all work together our children benefit the most by receiving the best education possible.Working at this school keeps me energized. As I arrive at work each morning, I know when a problem arises we will solve it together. We work with integrity and respect for the dignity of others, always. I appreciate the support of this community. This is an incredible place to work and live. Please don't hesitate to contact me for anything. And... I always appreciate your fishing reports.