By Matilde Bechet
Oyster Bay High School sustains its distinguished faculty with the addition of a new assistant principal, Christopher Elsesser. Mr. Elsesser has joined the Oyster Bay community where he hopes to hone his administrative skills and connect with students.
Mr. Elsesser graduated from Mount Sinai High School. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree of Science and Marketing Management, and a Certificate in Business Education from Siena College. He also received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Fairfield University and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership from Dowling College. All of Mr. Elsesser’s collegiate accomplishments will certainly assist him during his time at OBHS.
Mr. Elsesser comes to our community from Smithtown High School West, where he acquired eight and a half years of teaching experience and, in addition, was an assistant principal for seven months.
Mr. Elsesser began teaching as a result of his passion for helping students learn. He wants to help students “realize their potential” so they can “light their paths.”
Mr. Elsesser chose Oyster Bay due to “our small, intimate community.” He attended a small high school, and he cherished such a setting.
As an educator, Mr. Elsesser has worked with students from grades 9-12, and he has developed connections with different types of students. Mr. Elsesser’s teaching style can be characterized as “energetic” and “exploratory.” He wants students to make connections with the outside world by “bringing world issues into the curriculum” and “trying to connect the curriculum” to students’ lives.
At a young age, Mr. Elsesser loved going to school, and since then, he has been a supporter of school spirit and academic activities. As a former teacher, he appreciates electives; he had the amazing opportunity to teach college level classes such as College Sports Management and College Business and Computer Applications. In fact, Mr. Elsesser taught Marketing and Economics as an online adjunct professor at Mercy College. Despite Mr. Elsesser’s years of experience, he is still eager to learn more here at Oyster Bay.
Mr. Elsesser is most proud to have been able to learn from his educational experiences and apply his knowledge while working as an administrator in his field. He looks forward to participating in a myriad of events—from classroom programs to extracurricular activities. He is ready to take on challenges and acquire new learning tools as he takes on his new role.
In my exchanges with Mr. Elsesser, he also happily highlighted his two-year-old son as well as his chocolate Labrador dog. When he is not in a high school setting, Mr. Elsesser plays golf. He is also an avid boater and a big Yankees fan. And for all the students and faculty at OBHS (attention!) who are fantasy football fans, Mr. Elsesser would be happy to “provide advice” on fantasy football, as he describes himself as the “guru” of fantasy football.
So far, Mr. Elsesser has received a warm greeting from Oyster Bay High School’s community, and he is adjusting pleasantly. Students and faculty are appreciative of the opportunity to work with our friendly new assistant principal. Mr. Elsesser, we hope you continue your remarkable path as an educator here at OBHS!