Beacon Hill International School principal to become Executive Director of Southeast Schools

Kelly Aramaki

Kelly Aramaki, 37, currently the principal of Beacon Hill International School, will become the Executive Director of Schools for the Southeast Region, Superintendent José Banda announced in a statement June 3.

“In this new role, he will continue to support and advocate for Beacon Hill International School, and will also be able to support the other schools in the region,” Banda said in the statement. “His responsibilities will include coaching and evaluating principals in the Southeast region, strengthening community and family involvement, supporting the expansion of international education, and building on the regional partnership with the city through the Families and Education levy – all in service of ensuring a world-class, 21st century education for every child in every classroom in the region.”

Aramaki has been principal at Beacon Hill since 2011. He presides over a Title 1 language-immersion international school, where 86 percent of the student body are students of color and more than 32 percent speak English as their second language. More than two-thirds of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs. Many families are new immigrants to the United States, coming from such countries as Vietnam, China, Laos, Mexico, Guatemala, and Somalia. In 2013, he was named Washington State Elementary School Principal of the Year. In 2010, he received the Milken Educator award. (end)

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