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Katherena Higashi

Katherena Higashi

The David Chow Humanitarian 2018 Award

Katherena Higashi is the Principal of Yattiyr ISEE Christian School and the catalyst for the school’s founding in 2010. Prior to this, she served for over five years as an associate pastor over the jr.high and sr. high ministry at HRock Church in Pasadena, CA. She also has over 28 years of youth ministry experience. Katherena is also an experienced entrepreneur with several years of business and management experience.

It was during her time in ministry that she saw firsthand the passionless instruction that students were receiving in public and private schools. She also witnessed how much her students needed emotional, spiritual, and experiential development. This, coupled with her many years of experience from home-schooling her own children, helped her to realized that education as it is exists today is inadequate in developing tomorrow’s leaders. The Yattiyr ISEE Christian School was birthed to meet this need.

Katherena’s desire is to raise up a generation of excellent followers of Christ. Her passion and dedication to the school, to its faculty, and to its students flow out of this desire. She is happily married to Steven Higashi, and has two beautiful children, Hadassah and Destiny. Both daughters are enrolled at Yattiyr.