Chris has been a school administrator for the past 13 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the United States. He is currently the principal of Grant Elementary School in Hollywood, California. Grant Elementary is a large, urban elementary school that serves a diverse group of students representing over 25 different home languages. He has worked in different capacities and levels in the public school system including high school English and English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher, middle school English and ESL teacher, categorical program coordinator, assistant principal, and his current position as a principal. He earned his Bachelors’ degree in English in Nigeria, a Masters’ degree in English at California State University, Dominguez Hills and another Masters’ degree in Multicultural Education at the same school. He recently attained a doctoral degree in K-12 Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California (USC).
Chris is very passionate about his work as a principal, particularly his daily interaction and collaboration with students and their parents. He enjoys working with a school population that serves the historically underserved students. Some of the students at his current school live in homeless shelters and with foster parents in Hollywood. He strives to provide optimal services to those students and their parents to ensure that their circumstances do not interfere with their learning and opportunities to succeed in life. Moreover, Chris also serves as a mentor to many young adults as well as a leader among his immigrant, Nigerian community.