Eye on Education: Kabby Hong is opening doors for Asian Americans

VERONA, Wis. – Kabby Hong is opening the door for those who look like him.

Hong will represent Wisconsin in the National Teacher of the Year Competition.

“It means everything,” Hong said.

He’s the first Asian-American to do so.

“I feel a tremendous amount of responsibility to not only represent the state but Asian-Americans as well,” Hong said.

Hong is the son of Korean immigrants who came to America for a better life.

“They poured all their time and energy into us, me and my sister,” Hong said. “The best thing to come out of this whole process was the look on my parents’ face.”

Hong has built a career out of making meaningful connections. In the end, it comes down to inspiring future generations.

“Growing up I never saw anyone who looked like me accomplish anything,” Hong said. “The more representation we have in our country the more our kids can see someone who looks like them in society, the better it is for all of us.”