Chris’ Bio


Family Life

My original goal was to become a lawyer, however, that plan was thwarted when I realized working with children was much more rewarding, regardless of the pay. Completing my bachelors degree in political science at Stony Brook University on Long Island, I immediately entered the masters program where I could complete the requirements to become a teacher. In 1996, degree in hand I began my career in education teaching global studies to at-risk youth in a night school program in Amityville, NY.  It wasn’t long before I transitioned to a full time position at Concord High School in Staten Island, a transfer alternative school for students from Brooklyn and Staten Island.

In 1996 I first came to visit my parents who moved to Wilmington in the 1980’s. I decided that eventually New Hanover County was where I wanted to raise my children. We made the move to Wilmington in 2001.

Professional Experience in North Carolina

Moving to Wilmington in 2001, I began my tenure in New Hanover County Schools at Williston Middle School. In 2008, I was moved to fill a need at Charles P. Murray Middle School where I stayed until 2014. Pursuing the opportunity to work in a high school, I accepted a position at Northside High School, then this fall was asked to teach at Onslow Virtual School, the new full year totally online school for the county.  I have remained working in Onslow County with the goal of serving New Hanover County on the Board of Education beginning in 2020.

Educational Background

My education includes a bachelors, masters and advanced certificate all focused on the content I teach, education and leadership. Those degrees are:

BA – Political Science – Stony Brook University 1993
MA – Liberal Studies, History and Education – Stony Brook University 1996
Advanced Certificate – Leadership in Education Administration – Capella University 2011

North Carolina Continuing License

The degrees above and my many years of experience has afforded me the opportunity to obtain licensure in the following areas:

Science 6-9
Social Studies 6-8
Social Studies 9-12