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Thoughts from Retiring Supt. Steinhauser

 

By Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools

In one of my messages to employees shortly after I became superintendent years ago, I wrote, “Remember, someone took care of us. Someone helped us achieve our dreams. It's now our responsibility to help these kids achieve their dreams and the dreams of their parents.” 

This week’s high school graduates were infants back then, and now we’re celebrating them as best we can with car parades and virtual ceremonies, for obvious reasons.

How time flies. 

I like to remind people that in our schools, we only get one chance to educate our children, and that’s why we have to give it our all. My work as superintendent has focused on closing achievement and opportunity gaps, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together. I know that my talented colleague Jill Baker will continue this work when she officially takes over Aug. 1.

During my 18 years in this job (and 38 with the school district) I’ve witnessed first-hand so many people giving their all in support of teaching and learning. These past few months of unprecedented school closures and distance learning are no exception, making my departure more bittersweet than I could have imagined. The persistence of our students, families and employees is so inspirational.

Most urban school district superintendents don’t last beyond their first three to four years, so it’s been a true privilege to enjoy such continuous support from our Board of Education and our school communities.

As I depart as your superintendent, I have one last request. Always remember, the clock continues to tick for another generation of students, who are relying on us to help them achieve their dreams.