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Kevin Kimura Ph.D.

Lakeside School of Seattle, WA


Kevin Kimura graduated from Lakeside School of Seattle, WA in 2004.

Kevin grew up in Seattle and attended Lakeside, where he was a good but not great student and served as student body president. He promised his constituents a slushie machine…and he delivered on that promise. After graduating high school, he majored in English and history at the University of Pennsylvania and served as an editor of the humor magazine The Pennsylvania Punch Bowl. As an undergraduate, he spent his junior year abroad at the University of Oxford, where he represented visiting students on the St. Edmund Hall Junior Common Room Committee. Unsure of what he wanted to do with his life, he fell in with a disreputable crowd and ended up working in business consulting in New York, focusing mostly on executive compensation matters.

But he soon realized that his interest in writing and literature could no longer be ignored and he began his Ph.D. in English at the University of Chicago, where he was a mediocre student at best because he spent too much time reading for fun and playing pickup basketball. Nonetheless, with a lot of help from a lot of people, he did ultimately manage to write a dissertation on American literature under the supervision of Kenneth Warren and Adrienne Brown.

Now his scholarly interests are things he gets to share with captive, impressionable young people every day. He loves his job, his colleagues, and his students.

Kevin is a high school English teacher at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a faculty facilitator for the school’s Asian American and Pacific Islander American affinity group and advisor of the literary magazine Cardinal Review. He also enjoys working with the chess club and the school’s basketball program. He will join the faculty of Lakeside School in fall 2022.

He also loves his wife and his kittens, Niles and Frasier.


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