Esther Wojcicki is a leader in blending learning and the integration of technology into education. She is the founder of the Media Arts program at Palo Alto High School, where she built a journalism program from a small group of 20 students in 1984 to one of the largest programs in the United States – including 800 students, five additional journalism teachers, and nearly a dozen award-winning journalism publications. Wojcicki serves as Vice Chair of Creative Commons and has previously worked as a professional journalist for multiple publications and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post.
With two Honorary Doctorate Degrees – Palo Alto University (2013) and Rhode Island School of Design (2016) – she was honored as California Teacher of the Year in 2002 by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; a recipient of the Gold Key by Columbia Scholastic Press Association in recognition of her outstanding devotion to the cause of the school press; a board member of Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC, and on the Board of Newseum in DC; and a has been a consultant for the U.S Department of Education, Hewlett Foundation, Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching, Google, Silicon Valley Education Foundation and Time Magazine Education.
Esther has been intimately involved with Google and GoogleEdu since its inception, where she was one of the leaders in setting up the Google Teacher Academy and remains a guiding force. She is the author of Global Moonshots in Education (2014) and How to Raise Successful People (2019), which distills her T.R.I.C.K. philosophy. The acronym stands for Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness.