Yuko Ida holds a B.A. in English Education from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. While in college, she studied philosophy as an exchange student under Dr. ʻI. Futa Helu at ‘Atenisi University in the Kingdom of Tonga. She is a 2019-2020 East-West Center Foundation Scholarship recipient and pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Foundations at the College of Education, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. With seven years of teaching experience as a public elementary school teacher in Okinawa and Nagoya, Japan, her research interests focus on equity and social justice issues in education as well as impacts of globalization on educational policies.