Throughout the year,
Spotlight will shine the light on teachers and staff who do
for our students and go above and beyond each and every day.
The spotlight is on Chris Palmer!
Invisibility might come in handy and flying could certainly
cut down on commute times, but spreading positivity and
enthusiasm to teenagers is a true super power. Every
community needs a superhero. Metropolis has Superman, Gotham
has Batman, and
Monticello High School (MHS) has Assistant Principal Chris
“Mr. Palmer’s energy and joy are an inspiration,” Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus said. “He has an inner spark that kindles greatness in the lives of the students that he works with. He is the epitome of a superhero.”
And yes, he does wear a cape. Emblazoned with a “P” on the back, it’s just one example of the lengths Mr. Palmer will go to keep students laughing and light-hearted. At 4:30 p.m., when exhausted students are crankily waiting for the late buses to arrive, his voice croons over the loudspeaker, “And the yellow tubes of go-home happiness are here,” as the buses pull up.
Whether he’s attending sporting events, or buying a pizza for a student who has shown marked improvement, he is always seeking out ways to encourage students or staff to be their best. He’ll pop into a classroom to admire a group project and moments later, he’s showing a student the correct way to tie a tie.
Before becoming assistant principal at Monticello High School two years ago, Mr. Palmer was a music teacher. A life-long resident of Sullivan County, he is well-known throughout the local community.
“He is a connecter,” MHS Principal Stephen Wilder said. “He’s constantly reaching out to students’ families, he participates in the district’s musicals, and if you ever need something done, he is the first one jumping on board.”
Students throughout the high school appreciate Mr. Palmer’s efforts.
“He is very fair,” MHS sophomore Tremper Dymond said. “He’s able to relate to us, very friendly and helps people in need.”
“Mr. Palmer recognizes that there are challenges every day,” Mr. Wilder said. “But, he helps students through their crises and believes that every moment is an opportunity for a brighter moment, regardless of how dark it’s been.”
We applaud you for being greater than the average!