A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
It has been a pleasure transitioning into the community. My teaching and administrative roots got started at Hammondsport Central School, where I stayed
for almost fifteen years (eight as superintendent). My dad got very ill in 2008
and I left Hammondsport to become the superintendent of the West Genesee
Central School District, which is in my hometown of Syracuse, and where my
parents live. I spent eleven years there and now have this unique opportunity to
get back into rural education, and in a setting I truly enjoy.
From the time I first drove through the community and to each of the schools, I
could tell that Marcus Whitman was a special place. The buildings and grounds
were well cared for, and there were signs of Whitman Pride all over the place.
I also knew that you were in good hands with Mr. Clingerman, whom I have
worked with for about six years on committees and courses. Many of our
philosophies align, so getting caught up on policies, practices, and events was a
little easier had I been transitioning into someplace different.
I am a believer that everything happens for a reason, and I feel blessed to be
here. By way of example, my previous school district colors are blue and gold,
and they are the Wildcats. Crazy, right?
In interacting with our employees, students and community members, I could
not ask to be more welcomed. Our Board of Education is also a very cohesive
and dedicated group, and that is not something you find everywhere.
Many people have asked what my philosophy is with regards to education and
my role as a leader. I believe that we are working together to prepare students
for WHATEVER they want to do after high school. That can include college,
a career, the workforce, a trade, or the military. It is our collective jobs as a
school district and community to address the whole child and understand that
how we prepare them today will be the building blocks for their futures. That is
something that we should all take very seriously.
As a leader, I am always looking to help people achieve more than they thought
they could. I hold myself to a high standard while taking myself lightly and my
job seriously. My career has not been about me, it has been about the power of
“we” and what we do for children.
I expect to be held accountable by you for being open, transparent, a good and
frequent communicator, visible, invested, never satisfied, and available to anyone
at any time about anything.
In the spirit of communication, I will be starting a blog to go along with the start of the school year, and I will provide that link when it is available.. I also use Twitter regularly and my handle is @cbrownmwcsd (It will also be the quickest way for you to know if we are having a snow day or not). I really enjoy visiting classrooms and events and posting about all of the great things that our students are doing.
If you ever want to reach me, please feel free to pull me aside at an event, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, call me at 585-554-4848 ext. 1805, or make an appointment to come in. If you are unable to come in and you don’t see me at an event and want a face to face meeting, I would be more than happy to come to you.
Thank you again for the warm welcome I have received and I am looking forward to continuing the great work that has been going on in the district as your new leader.
Christopher R. Brown, Ph. D.
Superintendent of Schools