68th Cherry Blossom Queen Contestant, Jaylin Petersen
Jaylin Petersen


High School: Roosevelt High School

College/Degree: University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; John Hopkins University

Occupation: Special education teacher

Hobbies: Dancing (ballet, contemporary and hip hop), reading, outdoor activities and spending time with my family, friends and dog.

How do you live “kaizen,” continuous growth/improvement, in your daily life?

“As a teacher, I feel I am given many opportunities to show ‘kaizen’ because of my students, who motivate me to grow and teach me so much on a daily basis. My profession also gives me ample opportunity to improve because I am constantly reflecting, evaluating, and changing what I do to best fit the needs of all of my students. In a general sense, I feel that I live ‘kaizen’ because it is something very important to me and I make it a point to do so. I actively search for ways to continue my growth, whether it be through attending professional development courses to become more effective in my teaching, or getting out of my comfort zone and trying something new; I truly believe that living ‘kaizen’ is a lifelong journey because there will always be ways that we can better ourselves and continue to grow and improve.”

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