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Chip Kimball

Singapore American School
, Singapore

Dr. Chip Kimball is a progressive and experienced leader with a track record of excellence at the school, district, state, national, and international level. He has led public and private systems, both large and small, with a future orientation and a commitment to improvement, effective change, and results.  

Best known as an innovator and systems thinker, Chip is an expert in defining a vision, strategic planning, cultivating leaders, building teams, and developing effective strategies for exceptional performance. Chip has broad experience and knowledge with expertise in business and strategy as well as instruction and learning theory. As such, he works effectively with business leaders and government officials as well as with education leaders, teachers, parents, and students. He is a sought after consultant and keynote speaker on school improvement, innovation, governance, leadership, and the effective use of technology.  

Chip started innovating very early in his professional career. As a young science teacher, he looked for ways to engage students in meaningful learning, driven by his own negative experience as a student. As a self-taught technologist, he was an early adopter of learning technologies, leading him to become one of the first chief technology officers in US education, and one of two US superintendents in 2007 who had come from a CTO background. At the heart of Chip’s professional work is his desire to create school systems that support each student reaching their full potential, regardless of background or obstacles they may face.   

In 2012 Chip was asked to serve as the superintendent of the Singapore American School. He was particularly drawn to this opportunity to better understand education in the international context, as he was worried about US student’s ability to compete in the global economy. While in Singapore he was able to lead some of the most ambitious and challenging reform work of his career, moving a historical and parochial school to one of the most progressive and innovative schools in the world. The SAS experience has refined his leadership skills and will most certainly serve US education when he returns. 

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