Christine Chavez

Principal | Public School 45 The John Tyler School | New York City Department of Education
Staten Island Hub | USA


Christine Chavez – educator, optimist, mother and wife – holds a record of strategic leadership spanning innovative instructional practices that support both student and adult learning. Throughout her 20 years in education, she has held progressively prominent roles that include teacher, Reading Recovery Specialist, Literacy Coach and Assistant Principal.

As Principal of Public School 45 – The John Tyler School, she was recognized as a recipient of the United Federation of Teacher Innovation in Education Award for the work of reducing suspensions and the school-to-prison pipeline. She was a Plenary Panelist at the American Federation of Teachers Convention and a Fellow in the Teachers College Columbia University Cahn Fellowship Program.

In her ongoing work she is collaborating with The College of Staten Island, New York City Department of Education District 31 Borough Field Office and the PS45 school community to create and pilot a teacher residency program that teaches current mentors and future teachers to strive for racial equity.

Christine most recently supported the New York City Executive Superintendent Anthony Lodico in a presentation at the 2019 Courageous Conversation Summit, and is embedding the practices of the Courageous Conversation About Race Protocol into her school community, serving on Chancellor Carranza’s Principal Advisory Council.