Chief Academic Officers Group

Chris Russo

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Portland Public Schools

Chris Russo is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for Portland Public Schools (PPS). Prior to his current position, Mr. Russo served as the Chief Academic Officer for the Reynolds School District where he collaboratively orchestrated and oversaw the school district’s academic plan for curriculum and instruction. During his 20 years as a teacher and administrator, Mr. Russo has developed a broad set of key skills that is accelerating gains for students. Mr. Russo is experienced in analyzing instructional programs, curricula, administrators and staff and optimizing strengths, innovating and building partnerships to best support teachers and deliver the most dynamic instruction to students. He has forged a collaborative relationship with teachers and their union leadership and consistently connected with all major community stakeholders for input and collaboration to further student success. Mr. Russo began his education career teaching English composition in Olean, New York in 1995. He went on to teach in Poland, Turkey and in Colorado and Arizona. Later he joined Reynolds School District, first teaching English Language Development, then becoming a teacher on special assignment and then moving into administration in 2005 as a middle school vice principal and then principal. He became chief academic officer for Reynolds School District in 2012. Mr. Russo is conversant in Spanish, Turkish and Polish.