Polzer began working in BTSD as the supervisor of special education in the fall of 2018. In collaboration with building principals, he supervised special education staff and programming in Franklin D. Roosevelt Middle School, Neil A. Armstrong Middle School and Mill Creek Elementary School.
In his new position as director of administration, Polzer said he is looking forward to having a larger impact than his last role, previously serving about 600 students to now serving the entire student body of about 6,500 students.
“I embody the mentality of ‘every student, every day,’” said Polzer. “Building quality relationships and continuing to build upon them is what moves students forward.”
Polzer said he loves working with families and collaborating with them to have their children’s best interests in mind.
“We need to focus on individualization of each student as we work our way out of this pandemic,” he said.
Polzer has eight years of administrative experience prior to coming into this role and a strong foundation in special education, as well. His background in special education is one reason he is so equity-driven.
“Special education is about protecting students’ civil liberties and making sure they are delivered upon,” Polzer said. “I want to focus on how to build equity and how to address the needs of all learners.”
Currently, Polzer is working toward a doctorate in education leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University. He earned his supervisor of special education certification from Penn State University, completed his master of education at Gwynedd Mercy, and completed his bachelor’s degree at Kutztown University.
“Chris has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in the district and will excel with his new responsibilities as director of administration,” said superintendent Melanie Gehrens, Ed.D.