FULTON – The Fulton Junior High School will have a familiar face in charge when Christopher Leece assumes principal duties on July 1.
While he began his Fulton City School District career as an FJHS science teacher from 2004 to 2012, Leece climbed the educational ladder to serve as the alternative education program coordinator from 2012 to 2013 and as a science teacher and science department chairman at G. Ray Bodley High School from 2013 to present.
Leece obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in secondary education from SUNY Oswego.
After he taught for more than a decade, Leece wanted to make a wider impact on students.
He then received a Certificate of Advanced Study so he could take on an administrative role. Having been in Futon for 14 years, he wanted his work to remain in the community he has grown to love.
Although he once considered a career in genetics counseling, Leece developed a passion for learning and educating others while attending SUNY Oswego.
His willingness to lead and excitement for the job has been commended by district officials, including Superintendent Brian Pulvino.
Leading into the 2017-18 school year, Leece said he aims to “continue to build on the strong academic program we have in the building and make sure that we are preparing our students for the next step in their education.”
“I loved teaching at FJHS and I cannot wait for this next endeavor,” he said.
The district recently hosted a “Meet the Principal” night in the FJHS cafeteria where Leece shared his background and welcomed questions and comments from several families in attendance.
When not at school, Leece said he enjoys spending time with his wife, Megan, and sons, Cameron and Owen.