[00:00:00] Jessica: [00:00:00] So thank you for being on Teach Beacon’s podcast where we’re just trying to get some insight from different perspectives, different school districts regarding the COVID-19 and technology and different items that have affected them and how they’ve thrived as a result and any problems that they’re experiencing.
[00:00:22] So with that being said, before we jump into all the COVID-19, I don’t know a whole lot about you yourself and your educational path and what landed you with the school district. So would you mind sharing a little bit of that with our listeners?
[00:00:38] Christine: [00:00:38] Sure. I my name is Christine. I’m the superintendent at Chappaqua central school district, and we’re in Westchester, New York. And this is my fourth year here and I’ve been a superintendent for about seven years. I began my career in New York city as a teacher. And then I became an administrator and I’ve worked in multiple districts. Along [00:01:00] the way, I’ve been an assistant principal, a high school principal and the assistant superintendent for curriculum and special education.
[00:01:07]And a superintendent in two different places. I’m here right now. I live in this community and raising my family here. And I’m really happy to be a part of this experience with you today, Jessica. So thank you for having me.
[00:01:19] Jessica: [00:01:19] You’re very welcome. So you’ve had experience at different school districts.
[00:01:25] So what about the school district you’re with currently, really stands apart as far as your journey that has really, you said you’re raising your family here. So you’ve been a few different places and you’ve you’re here now. Which Chappaqua, did I say that right?
[00:01:42] Christine: [00:01:42] It’s Chappaqua, but that’s okay.
[00:01:45] Jessica: [00:01:45] I’ll get it by the end of the podcast, maybe. So tell me a little bit about what makes them in your eyes, who they are and how you fit in their mold.
[00:01:57] Christine: [00:01:57] Our school district is about [00:02:00] 45 minutes outside of New York city. And many of our families move here to actually go through our school system. It’s had, it has been traditionally really successful in terms of supporting students as they progress through their K through 12 experience.
[00:02:17]Very progressive cutting edge instruction. Keen focus on social, emotional learning. It is a great place to raise a family and to have a really solid public school education experience. Many of our students go on to college. They do very well in their chosen career paths. And this is a place where the community is very invested in the success of our school district.
[00:02:42] And we’re supported in that way. By our families and by our parents. And because of that support, we’re able to engage in ongoing professional learning, which really empowers teachers to be a part of the educational institution in a way that they can thrive and continue to push [00:03:00] instruction so that it meets the needs of learners that are of this particular generation.
[00:03:07] Jessica: [00:03:07] That’s fantastic that I’m hearing more and more about the social and emotional education path with students being a priority. And that to me seems what to be, what’s really setting apart. As you mentioned, a really sought after school district. It’s not just what material can you remember? What test scores can you get?
[00:03:29] It’s obviously, every school district is about the whole being of students and their faculty. But taking the time to actually say, and have a focus to really implement all things relating to education and the process of educating the future is something different to really put on the map and make sure that it’s a priority.