About Me

Kimi Waite's research and professional praxis is situated in the intersections of environmental justice education, geography, critical pedagogy, and social studies. She is passionate about inspiring and leading PK-12 students and teachers to take local action for global environmental change. In addition to her teaching and leadership experience in South Los Angeles Title I public school districts, she has also taught in South Korea and Guyana. A lifelong global citizen and former expat, she has been to over 80 countries and all 7 continents. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Sustainability Education. 

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Awards & Fellowships

  • Civics Environmental Education Fellow: The North American Association for Environmental Education, US EPA & Cedar Tree Foundation

  • Public Voices Fellow on the Climate Crisis: The OpEd Project and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

  • 2021 Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Educator of the Year: California Council for the Social Studies

  • Early Career Fellow: UCLA Center for Diverse Leadership in Science, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability

  • 2019 Environmental Education 30 Under 30: The North American Association for Environmental Education & USDA Forest Service

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Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Teacher professional development: Critical environmental education and community science

  • Environmental justice and climate justice pedagogy

  • Educational technology, innovation, and 21st-century learning

  • Interdisciplinary elementary education: STEAM and social studies focus

  • Partnerships between teachers, students, and STEM professionals to advance environmental civic action

  • Critical media literacy

Research Interests

  • AsianCrit & Asian American environmental history

  • Critical environmental science agency

  • Transformative paradigms of citizen and community science in teacher education

  • Environmental justice and climate justice pedagogy

  • Critical media literacy and digital professional learning