Interim Head of School Ron Kim is a thoughtful intellectual, a compassionate and natural educator, and a strong administrator who is thrilled to continue to build our joyful learning community at BASIS Independent McLean. After a lengthy and dynamic career enriched by years of experience in all facets of running a world-class independent schools, Mr. Kim will be a prodigious asset to our campus and all its members.
Born and raised in southern California, Mr. Kim received his BA in history from the University of California at Berkeley. He then earned a Master of Arts and an ABD in history from the University of Chicago, and began teaching at Exeter soon afterwards.
At Exeter, Mr. Kim began as a history teacher in 1994; he served on the school’s Curriculum Review Committee and was on various other school committees as well. Prior to becoming Assistant Principal, Mr. Kim spent four years as the Exeter’s Dean of Faculty. He was the youngest person ever to hold that position, during which he led 170 full-time faculty, including all twelve academic department chairpersons. His leadership oversaw decisions surrounding hiring, evaluation, reappointment, workload, professional development, and extracurricular and sports programming.
On forging the best schools in the country, he says this: “Top schools are in the habit of constantly evaluating themselves and asking how they can do better, and how they can create the outcomes that will enable students to succeed and thrive . . . Rigorous self-inquiry is a habit of excellence, and it’s also really enjoyable. It gives meaning to the work.”
Mr. Kim’s leadership roles and extensive experience inside school communities has led him to become a strong mentor who is passionate about delivering to students what they need—and what they hope to gain—from their academic endeavors. We are eager to see his incredible contributions to our community at BASIS Independent McLean.