Mr. Christopher Elsesser
OBHS Welcomes New Assistant Principal
Education is a family business for Christopher Elsesser, Oyster Bay High School’s new assistant principal. Formerly a secondary assistant principal in the Smithtown Central School District, Mr. Elsesser has close relatives who teach or have taught at the elementary and high school levels in Long Island districts, so it seemed natural for him to take a similar path.
After graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Management from Siena College — where he is still involved as an alumni admissions representative — he earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Fairfield University, and soon after, became a high school business teacher. He taught in Smithtown East and West High Schools and in the Harrison Central School District in Harrison, New York over the past nine years. While teaching, he has earned several certifications, including those in business and marketing, and school building and district leadership.
In his most recent role as an administrator, Mr. Elsesser gained experience in instructional leadership, student management, community engagement, building operations and co-curricular leadership. Among his talents, Mr. Elsesser is technologically savvy. His technological initiatives include promoting collaboration among faculty by participating in the “#InstructionalAlert” and “#TechAlert” programs, leading professional development training sessions on Twitter and “Ed Chats,” and adapting the “Remind” application system as a communications strategy with stakeholders in his former district.
Considered caring, kind and compassionate, Mr. Elsesser said he chose to come to Oyster Bay for the district’s intimate learning environment and looks forward to building relationships with students, parents, staff and community members.
“I strongly feel that working in this community will allow me to fully harness my strengths as an educator, especially in promoting the success and social growth of all students, while also establishing strong relationships with each of the community’s stakeholder groups,” he said.
Mr. Elsesser is a member of the Suffolk County High School Assistant Principal’s Association, the School Administrators Association of New York State and the National Business Education Association.
He lives in West Islip with his wife, Breanne, a science teacher, their 2 ½ year old son, Mason, and their 75-pound Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Maui. When he is not in school, he enjoys spending time with his family, boating on Long Island waters, playing golf and watching sports, particularly football and baseball.