Meet Our Associate Principal


Bio Information:
Name: James M. Spray, Jr.
Nickname: Kimo, which means James in Hawaiian
Born: Long ago on an island far, far away (Honolulu, HI), grew up in Redmond (Union Hill) and Bellevue
Status: Married to Janice (Inouye) Spray since April 1990
  • Daniel (Graduate of UW—Mechanical Engineering, currently working at Amazon),
  • Jessica Straker (Married to RJ Straker and Graduate of Colorado State—Business Marketing),
  • Kayci (Bellevue High School, graduates 2023)
Grandchild: Zayden Justus Straker, born 2021
Pets: Ollie (Shi-Tzu/Yorkie); Penny (Golden Doodle)
Fun Fact: Was three months old when we moved from Hawaii to a little house about two miles from Dickinson/Explorer. Redmond has changed a bit since then.
Schools Attended:
Western Washington University- Administrator/Principal Certification
Lesley University-Masters in Curriculum and Assessment-Creative Arts in Learning
Seattle Pacific University-Teacher Certification and Continuing Education
University of Washington-Bachelor of Arts-English w/a Creative Writing Emphasis
Seattle Baptist High School, Burien, WA
Bellevue Christian School, Bellevue, WA

Fun Fact: Earned my Masters degree was from an all-female college!  I attended Lesley University at an outreach site in Kent, but at the time Lesley was only open to women at their main campus in Massachusetts prior to integration of men in 2005.

Dickinson/Explorer (Lake Washington SD), Associate Principal since 2022
Audubon Elementary (Lake Washington SD), Principal 2014-2022
Alcott Elementary (Lake Washington SD), Principal 2009-2014
Benjamin Rush Elementary (Lake Washington SD), Principal 2003-2009
Apollo Elementary (Issaquah SD) Asst. Principal and 5th Grade Teacher 1999-2003
Ridgewood Elementary (Kent SD) 6th Grade Classroom Teacher 1993-1999
Kimball Elementary (Seattle SD) 4th Grade Classroom Teacher/Intern 1992-1993
Automatic Switch Company (ASCO)/Sales Engineer for Solenoid Valve/Transfer Switch Mfg. Co.
Fun Fact: ASCO Red Hat Solenoid Valves controlled the movement of the shark in the movie, ‘Jaws’
Microsoft Corp./Supplies Department
Fun Fact: Was working at Microsoft when they started something called ‘electronic mail’ to communicate.  We thought it was dumb and that no one would use it.