Superintendent Candidate Chris Marczak, Ed.D. Issues Letter To Los Alamos

Dr. Chris Marczak participating in Read Me Day 2014 at Linden Elementary School in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Courtesy photo.

Dear Community Members of Los Alamos:

I am honored to receive this opportunity to interview for the Superintendent of Schools position with the Los Alamos Public School system and introduce myself to you.

I am currently the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Oak Ridge Schools. As the Assistant Superintendent, I have been in charge of Curriculum and Instruction, Student Services, Special Education, Teaching and Learning (Professional Development), and Information/Instructional Technology with a responsible budget of over $48,000,000.

Working with Oak Ridge Schools, I have successfully passed a Balanced Calendar, which put all schools on the same academic calendar after 12 years of two different calendars; led the drive to convert all PreK-12 schools to Bring Your Own Device programs, which included infrastructure overhauls and beginning ongoing professional development; launched the Tennessee Department of Education mandated and approved differentiated pay plan that employs current teachers as teacher-coaches charged with the implementation of Professional Learning Community tenets, using data to drive student learning, and executing STEM activities; working closely with all schools to create continuous improvement scorecards, that align to our community-created Oak Ridge Keys to College and Career Readiness, which ensure that all students receive as many high-quality learning opportunities as possible; and I have been recruited to assist the Tennessee Department of Education as a Leadership Coach to assist other districts and district leaders with implementing leadership principals that I use in Oak Ridge Schools.

Prior to coming to Oak Ridge, I was a Lead Principal, Principal, Assistant Principal, and teacher with the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System. As a Lead Principal, I was not only in charge of running a school but also tasked with helping run five other schools and working closely with the Superintendent to make organizational decisions for the 75,000 student system. I was also a teacher with the Wilson County School System for five years working in 2nd, 3rd, and 6th grades.

I am employed by both Trevecca Nazarene University and David Lipscomb University as an adjunct instructor for leadership development and technology integration. At Trevecca Nazarene University, I teach leadership classes in two different Masters sections, instructional technology in four different Masters sections, one section of transformational leadership in the Educational Specialist program, and the Doctoral program for Leadership and Professional Practice. I am also a doctoral advisor and currently have four doctoral students that I will oversee to graduation.

At David Lipscomb, I teach leadership in the Masters in Educational Leadership, technology in the Masters in Education, and Entrepreneurship in Education in the doctoral program. I have also had the pleasure of working closely with David Lipscomb’s Dean of the School of Education, our new Tennessee Education Commissioner, to create a transformational leadership program that will prepare future school and district leaders to lead 21st Century schools.

For the 2012-13 school years, I was enrolled in the Tennessee School Boards Association Prospective Superintendents Academy. Our sessions created a laser-like focus to prepare us to effectively lead school districts in continually changing State environments. I successfully completed the program Feb. 14, 2013 and have been recommended to apply for Superintendent positions.

In addition to all of the jobs that I have tasked myself with above, I am most importantly a husband and father. My wife and I met our freshman year of college and have been married for 20 years this December. We have four daughters, identical twins age 13, a 9 year old, and a 7 year old. My greatest joy is that they will attend Los Alamos Public Schools where I will be directly responsible for their education and I will have the opportunity to hand them their diplomas as they walk across the stage for graduation!

I encourage you to come to the community forums March 2 to chat and discuss with me your hopes and dreams for the Los Alamos Public School system. Working together, we can make our schools the shining star for all of our graduates and get all students on the path to a prosperous future.

If you would like to know more about me, I encourage you to visit my personal website at, which has more in-depth information about me.

I look forward to meeting each of you soon!

Dr. Chris Marczak’s Biography


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