Oswegatchie Elementary School Principal Appointed

May 23, 2013


At the May 23, 2013 Board of Education Meeting, Mr. Christopher Ozmun was appointed as the Principal for Oswegatchie Elementary School.  Mr. Ozmun will officially begin his new duties this summer.  Mr. Ozmun fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Dr. Nancy Macione.


Mr. Ozmun brings twenty-six (26) years of professional experience in education to his new position.  He holds a 6th year degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. 


Mr. Ozmun is currently the K-12 Coordinator of Math and Science for the Vernon Public Schools.  Prior to joining the Vernon Public Schools in 2006, he served as an Educational Consultant for SERC (State Education Resource Center) providing training to Connecticut teachers in the areas of data driven decision-making, intervention strategies and best practices, differentiated instruction and inquiry-based science instruction.


In 2000-2004, Chris was the Principal of Colchester Intermediate School, and served as Assistant Principal at Jack Jackter Elementary School in 1999.  From 1987 to 1999 he taught Grade 4 in Colchester and Lisbon, Connecticut.


Mrs. Kathleen McCarty, Waterford Board of Education Chair, stated that “Mr. Ozmun brings a variety of outstanding experiences, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a proven ability to lead and collaborate with others.” 


In announcing the appointment, Superintendent Jerome R. Belair remarked, “Mr. Ozmun served as a classroom teacher for twelve years, a trainer of teachers and administrators, a school principal and central office administrator, all of which have prepared him well to serve as the next Oswegatchie Elementary Principal.  Throughout the search process, Chris demonstrated his considerable expertise in leadership, administration, curriculum development, supervision, instructional practice and developing positive relationships with all stakeholders.” 


Mr. Ozmun is thrilled to join the Oswegatchie school community.  He commented, “I am excited to return to the principalship and work closely with teachers and parents to provide the best educational experiences for our students.”  Chris resides in Colchester with his family.