Mission / Values


College of Education

Dr. Suzan Kobashigawa

Dr. Suzan Kobashigawa


Education, TESL

  • B.A. Northwest College, 1987
  • TESL Cert. Seattle University, 1990
  • M.A. School for International Training, 1995
  • Ph.D. Indiana U. of Pennsylvania, 2006


"Religion in TESL" with Bill Johnston and Manka Varghese, CARLA, 2003.

"How and why teachers are observed and evaluated" with Marybeth Kamibeppu, TESOL, 1998.

"Teacher Portfolios for Personal Development and Employment" with Marybeth Kamibeppu, TESOL, 1998.


I was born and raised in Hawai’i, but left after high school to attend Northwest. After graduation I went to Japan to teach English language. After five years, I returned to the U.S. to attend graduate school, and eventually made my way back to Northwest as a faculty member. My interests include traveling, music (Latin, Hawaiian, 70s), foreign language study (Japanese and Hawaiian), sports (collegiate and professional), and reading.

Recommended Reading:

Na Mamo: Hawaiian People Today, Jay Hartwell
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman
Other People’s Children, Lisa Delpit
The Process of Education, Jerome Bruner
The Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire
Ways with Words, Shirley Brice Heath
Bruchko, Bruce Olson