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SAU 15 Superintendent Finalist Biographies

SAU 15 Superintendent Finalist Biographies

William John Van Bennekum

William Van Bennekum earned his Certificate of Educational Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership Superintendent Certification K-12 in 2016 from Plymouth State University. He holds a Master’s of Science majoring in School Administration Principal Certification K-12 from Old Dominion University in Virginia.

Currently, he is the Principal at Holderness Central School and has held this position for the last ten years. Before moving to SAU 48, he worked as Assistant Principal at Chesapeake Public School and grade 6 math teacher from 1992-2007. He relocated to Gilford in 2007 to become Principal at Holderness Central School.

He feels the decade at Holderness Central School has allowed him to develop the needed leadership skills for Superintendent of SAU 15. As the sole administrator, he has had first-hand experience in everything from budget preparations to curriculum and instruction. Working closely with the Superintendent for the past four years he has been able to observe, discuss, and learn about being a district leader. He states he possesses the characteristics of integrity, responsiveness, and ethical judgment needed to solve the complex issues surrounding public schools.

Christopher Pratt

Christopher Pratt obtained his Certificate of Educational Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational leadership and management in 2005 and had worked over 23 years both in private and public educational settings. Chris obtained his Master’s in Education in 1999 from Simmons College.

Currently, he is the Superintendent of Windham Southwest Supervisory Union in VT. He oversees seven school districts, housing six schools, eight boards and over 40 board members. Prior to 2014, he worked as Principal, Assistant Principal, Special Education teacher as well as various other positions.

Christopher enjoys spending time in the schools interacting with both the students and the staff. He looks forward to working with the schools and the community to prepare the students to be tomorrows leaders by assuring they become lifelong learners.

Christine Denise Martin

Christine Martin earned her Doctorate from Plymouth State University in 2016. She began teaching in 1988, and through 2015 she worked in various roles including music teacher, Director of Fine Arts, Director of Greater Manchester Professional Development Center and Principal of Webster Street School.

Currently, Christine is working as Principal in SAU 37 at Beech Street Community Elementary School where she moved to support the children of the school when their Principal left mid-year. Before this she spent two years as Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education in Manchester supporting 14 elementary principals, supervising transportation, writing policies and overseeing the Office of Student Services.

She looks forward to bringing her strong communication and work ethic to SAU 15.

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