In his 11 years in education, Kelly Aramaki has made a name for himself as an education advocate. He is currently the principal of John Stanford International School in Seattle, WA, which has undergone dramatic improvements in student achievement under his direction. Since he entered his position five years ago, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has recognized his school with an award for continued improvement. In 2009, reading and math proficiency rates were above 90 percent for third grade, and each year reading and math proficiency rates among third through fifth grade consistently rank higher than the state average by 15 to 20 percent.
Aramaki has made these great strides in academic achievement with a holistic approach, implementing both proven instructional strategies with edifying, positive school activities and programs for students and staff alike. Not only does he emphasize data-driven instruction and upgraded technology in his classrooms, he actively serves on several district-wide committees, and hosts the bilingual orientation center at the school, leads professional development meetings for his faculty and staff, and writes and performs an annual song each year that recaps the school year’s major events. Always looking to blaze new trails for his school, Aramaki is currently creating a rubric of assessment for an emerging specialty field: international education.