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Dr. Kelly Aramaki (WA '10)


Bellevue School District
Bellevue, WA

At the time of the Award, Dr. Kelly Aramaki was:

John Stanford International School
Seattle, WA

Biographical Information

Dr. Aramaki grew up in Bellevue and graduated from Newport High School in 1993. He attended the University of Washington and earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a Minor in Music. He then earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from Columbia University in New York with an emphasis on early childhood and the inclusion of students with special needs in the general education classroom setting. In 2018, he earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington.

Dr. Aramaki started his career in education in Bellevue as a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Newport Heights Elementary. After receiving his principal certification from the University of Washington in 2003, he was appointed principal of Maywood Hills Elementary in the Northshore School District. After four years at Maywood Hills, he served as the principal of the John Stanford International School in the Seattle Public Schools, during which he received the National Milken Educator Award. From there, he served as the principal of Beacon Hill International School, where he was named the 2013 Washington State Elementary Principal of the Year. In that same year, he was honored with the Northwest Asian Weekly Visionary Award. He then served for five years as an Executive Director of Schools in Seattle supervising K-12 schools in the southeast region as well as elementary schools across the city. In 2018, he returned back home to Bellevue to take on the role of Executive Director of Schools and was then promoted in 2022 to Assistant Superintendent overseeing strategic planning, student services and innovation.

On January 26, 2023, the Bellevue School Board selected named Dr. Aramaki as the next superintendent of the Bellevue School District effective July 1, 2023.

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Milestone: Kelly Aramaki (WA '10) Named WA Elementary School Principal of the Year

Dr. Kelly Aramaki In The News

Kelly Aramaki Named Next Superintendent of Bellevue Schools
The Seattle Times  |  Jan 26, 2023  |  Seattle WA

Aramaki to receive 2013 Visionary Award
Northwest Asian Weekly  |  Sep 05, 2013  |  Seattle, WA

Beacon Hill principal to become executive director of Southeast Schools
Northwest Asian Weekly  |  Jun 10, 2013  |  Seattle, WA

Seattle man named WA elementary principal of year
Tri-City Herald  |  Mar 11, 2013  |  Kennewick, WA

Seattle principal wins prestigious award
King5 Seattle  |  Apr 10, 2011  |  Seattle, WA

John Stanford school principal wins prestigious national award
Seattle Times  |  Oct 28, 2010  |  Seattle, WA

Seattle principal wins $25,000 prize
Seattle Post-Intelligencer  |  Sep 28, 2010  |  Seattle, WA

Additional Information


2018 Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Administration, University of Washington

1999 M.A., Elementary Education, Columbia University

1997 B.S., Major: Zoology, Minor: Music, University of Washington

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