Kelly Aramaki, the award-winning principal at John Stanford International School, is leaving at the end of the school year to move to Beacon Hill International School. From a letter to parents:
It’s with this utmost admiration and confidence I have in this school community that I have decided that the timing was right for me to leave the school at the end of this year in order to help our district continue to grow and strengthen international education.
About one month ago, Dr. Susie Murphy, the principal who led the transformation of Beacon Hill Elementary School into Beacon Hill International School (BHIS), announced to her school community that she was retiring. BHIS is now in its third year as an international school with Mandarin and Spanish immersion programs up to 2nd grade. Dr. Murphy and the dedicated staff at BHIS started something very exciting for a student population very different than ours; 65% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch and 40% of the students speak English as a second language. After making her announcement, Dr. Murphy came and talked with me about her school’s hope for a principal to succeed her who has knowledge of and passion for international and immersion education, who has the experience to grow the immersion program into the 3rd – 5th grades and who has a heart for serving the families of Beacon Hill. Knowing what a good place JSIS is in right now, I told her that I would be honored to be that person.
He goes on to say how much he thinks of the staff and community at JSIS and how much he will miss them.
Update: It was also announced that Ruth Metzger, interim principal at West Seattle High School, has been appointed the permanent principal there.