David Hakam (Kojo)



Degrees and Certifications:

David Hakam (Kojo)

  • David Kojo Hakam (dhakam@pps.net)
  • Current Classes
  • Education & Training
    • MA Teaching Foreign Languages (MATFL) (Chinese), 2001
      Monterey Institute of International Studies
      Monterey, CA
    • BA Chinese, 1993
      University of Minnesota
      Minneapolis, MN
    • Classical Chinese Literature, 1988-90
      Fudan University
      Shanghai, China
  • Relevant Work History
    • 2007-Present:
      Curriculum Specialist, PPS Mandarin Immersion Program
      Chinese Teacher
    • Trip Leader, China Research Residency (CRR)
      The CRR is a two-week program to our sister School in Suzhou, China for 8th grade immersion students. While in Suzhou students engage in field studies, home stays, and produce a bilingual video documentary of their experiences.
    • Director, Summer Institute in Yunnan (SIY)
      The SIY is a 4-week language and community service program for high school student to rural villages in Yunnan, China
    • 2003-2007:
      Assistant Professor/Academic Specialist
      Hawaii Language Center
      Mililani, HI
      Taught Mandarin and provided professional development training to new instructors
    • 2001-2003
      Assistant Professor, Mandarin
      Defense Language Institute
      Monterey, CA
      Taught Mandarin to military personnel enrolled in an intensive 63 week language program.
  • Teaching Philosophy
    • I am passionate about Chinese, and strongly advocate experiential learning - both in and out of the classroom. Mandarin is a living language surrounded by a rich and vibrant culture, thus students need to be engaged in real-world, meaningful, and level-appropriate tasks that continuously challenge their language skills, stimulate critical thinking, and promote long-term appreciation for the language and culture.
  • Special Interests
    • Before moving from Hawai'i, I was a surfing addict, but the frigid waters of Oregon have dampened that passion. I'm also a soccer fanatic, (watching the World Cup somehow got into our wedding vows). I also take out my frustrations on my Djembe (West African drum). Oh yeah... I'm secretly a world traveling backpacker disguised as a teacher.
  • Best time to reach
    • 1:30pm to 4:00pm
  • 8th Grade China Research Residency

    Office: Room 222

    Phone: 503-916-5640, ext 70382