Dr. Manno's Core Beliefs as an Educator and Leader
- Children learn when they feel safe, valued, and happy.
- All students can learn - not in the same way and not on the same day.
- Education is primarily about service to others, and modeling what it means to be a contributing member of the human race.
- Good teachers are good detectives; they uncover students’ abilities and needs, and provide opportunities for them to progress and grow.
- Learning and leadership occur through relationships.
- Professionals must be continuous learners.
Dr. Manno's Mission as an Educator
To help students, educators, families, and communities grow and thrive by acting with humility, integrity, and service in all relationships.
Dr. Manno's School Leadership Vision ... All students achieving through partnerships between schools, families, and the broader community.
Dr. Chris Manno began his career in education long before he entered a classroom as a teacher. Chris grew up in Hamilton Township, New Jersey (Mercer County), where he developed a joy for working with young people.
Chris attended The College of New Jersey where he continued to teach and coach children. Chris graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and began his formal education career in Hillsborough, NJ teaching mathematics, and coaching Cross Country, Swimming, and Track and Field.
He continued his education, earning a Master of Education Degree in Mathematics in 1994, a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership in 1998, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University in 2005. Dr. Manno has published many articles focusing on leadership, curriculum improvements, and early childhood education.
Chris entered the field of educational leadership as a Supervisor of Mathematics in Westfield, New Jersey in 1997. Shortly thereafter, he became the Assistant Superintendent in Montgomery Township, New Jersey. Dr. Manno assumed the role of Superintendent of Schools in Burlington Township in 2005. In 2014, Chris took the helm of Burlington’s County-administered districts, as the Superintendent of Schools for the Burlington County Special Services School District and Institute of Technology, as well as providing oversight for the County’s Educational Services Unit.
Over the years, he has taught and facilitated various workshops and classes to current and aspiring school leaders that focus on leadership, strategic planning, process management, and instituting change. Dr. Manno has taught Master’s and Doctoral level courses in school leadership for various colleges and universities.
Dr. Manno has been actively involved in various professional and service organizations, including serving as President of the Burlington County, NJ Association of School Administrators. In 2013, Chris was named New Jersey State Superintendent of the Year. He was "profiled" in the March, 2014 AASA publication of School Administrator.
Effective July, 1, 2016, Chris proudly assumed the role of Superintendent of Schools for the award-winning Bedford Central School District in Westchester County, New York.
Chris and his wife, Melissa, have four children.