An Independent School • Grades 5-12

We are excited to announce that Lakeside School’s Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Kai Bynum as Lakeside’s next head of school. Bynum will join Lakeside in the summer of 2022, taking over from Bernie Noe, who has led Lakeside since 1999.

“A thoughtful, dynamic educator and administrator, Kai Bynum comes to Lakeside with deep experience leading curricular and programmatic change in independent schools,” wrote trustees and search committee members Bert Valdman and Carey Crutcher Smith. “In our pool of outstanding educational leaders, Kai was very much ahead of the group in the depth of his educational vision and his experience as an administrator in executing on that vision. The search committee was drawn to the joy he exudes for the art and discipline of teaching young people and his respect for all.”   

Bynum is currently the head of school at Connecticut’s Hopkins School, the third oldest independent school in the nation, where he has served since 2016.

“I have admired Lakeside since my own high school years in Olympia, and I am humbled to be welcomed into such a wonderful community of thinkers, learners, artists, athletes, and activists,” shared Bynum. “From the beginning of my career, I have loved teaching literature, working with kids, and sharing ideas with colleagues. I truly enjoy connecting with people and realizing the power of the impact we can make when we work together — be it in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, or in the community. Lakeside has the skill, will, and capacity to continue creating transformative educational experiences that will set the tone for the rest of the country, and I look forward leaning into this important work with all of you.” 

Bynum will assume the role of Lakeside’s head of school in summer 2022, taking over the reins from current Head of School Bernie Noe. “Kai will take Lakeside into its next chapter with great aplomb and success, keeping the school at the forefront of education,” shared Noe. “He’s part of a new generation of leadership, and Lakeside is very fortunate to have hired him.”

Learn more about Bynum, his educational leadership, and the head of school selection process.