Meet the New Principal: Dr. Robert Chalwell
Published on 7/19/19
District News Dr King Elementary School
Tell us a little about yourself!
I’ve had connections to Syracuse for about 10 years, even though I’ve only lived here for about three. My sister lived here and went to Syracuse University for her Ph.D. so my daughter and I visited her regularly during her time here.
My background is varied. My Ph.D. is in Political Science, and I have taught both music and social studies. I’ve served as a professor at several colleges and universities, and I currently teach Culturally Relevant Teaching at SUNY Oswego. In terms of school administration, I have served on the administrative teams at CORE, Clary, Danforth and now at Dr. King.
What is your favorite thing about Syracuse?
The convenience – you can get nearly anywhere in 10-15 minutes! I really enjoy the proximity to lakes here. I’m originally from the Caribbean, so I like to be close to the water. I enjoy boating and walking around Onondaga Lake or the Finger Lakes.
What is your favorite thing about being a school administrator?
Contributing to the development of my students. I had two younger siblings, and I’ve realized that the teacher/mentor role is one of the most important roles an adult can play in a child’s life. We have kids in our schools for the key time during the day… being able to listen to them, guide them and inspire them is the best.
What is your greatest hope for STEAM at Dr. King Elementary?
I hope that we continue to create more opportunities for families and the community to see Dr. King as their school. I want them to see their children perform, exhibit their work, show their learning and be happy and engaged in the process of learning.
What can we do to ensure that we are supporting students in the best way possible?
Ask a lot of questions! Families should not hesitate to ask questions of students, teachers and administrators. If something is going on and you’re not aware of it, reach out to me… call me or send me an email.
Know your child’s teacher, and get to know me as an administrator. You’re trusting us with your child every day. And ask us how you can become more involved.