Christopher Howell was named Superintendent of Schools of RSU 14 on July 1, 2019. Chris has worked in Maine Public Schools for the last 28 years, having started his career as a middle level educator in Saco, Maine. Chris has worked in Windham and Raymond for the last 23 years where he has served as a classroom teacher, a middle school assistant principal, the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, the principal of Manchester Elementary School, the principal of Windham High School and most recently, the Assistant Superintendent for the district.
In 2016, Chris was honored by the New England Secondary School Consortium as a Champion for public education in the state of Maine. Chris has served the greater educational community through a variety of positions and support roles over the years. Those roles have included serving as a board member and President of the Maine Curriculum Leaders Association, an advisory board member for the New England Secondary School Consortium and as a member of multiple ad hoc committees for the Maine Department of Education. Chris currently serves on the board for Jobs for Maine’s Graduates and on the advisory board for the School of Education and Human Development Advisory Committee. In addition, he serves as the President of the Greater Sebago Education Alliance and the Cumberland County School Superintendents Association.
Chris completed his bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Southern Maine, his Master’s degree at the University of Southern Maine, and completed his administrative certification at the University of New England.
Past AASA Maine Superintendent of the Year Winners:
2021 Maine Superintendent of the Year: Michelle Reid
2020 Maine Superintendent of the Year: David Murphy
About the Superintendent of the Year:
As a sponsor of the superintendent of the Year program, First Student wants to recognize these leaders in a special way this year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption that has affected all education systems but also the innovative approaches that the superintendents and school districts addressed through radio, television, zoom and take-home packages. These superintendents are the very best in public education and are needed more than ever during this crisis.
About the Award:
The superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by First Student and AASA, The School superintendents Association, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools.
State level winners are selected on the following criteria:
- Leadership for Learning
- Community Involvement