Director of Athletics, Physical Education & Health
On June 17th, the Chappaqua Central School District Board of Education appointed Mr. Geoff Curtis as our new Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health, effective July 1, 2021.
Mr. Curtis is a dedicated educational professional with a recognized and respected capacity to motivate and instruct students and connect with the community. Throughout the extensive search process, which included interviews with committees of parents, students, teachers, staff, administrators and the Board of Education, Geoff consistently demonstrated a deep knowledge of health and physical education, a passion for athletics and his enthusiasm for learning.
A former collegiate athlete, Mr. Curtis began his coaching career (basketball, football, softball, track, volleyball) in 1989, and entered the classroom in 1991 as a health science, physical education, and U.S. history teacher at Marcus Whitman Junior High in Port Orchard, WA. He then moved east in 2001 to teach at John Jay High School, where he currently serves as a teacher, assistant athletic director, instructional leader, varsity baseball coach and peer leadership advisor.
Mr. Curtis is a well-rounded educator whose passion for his work is infectious. He will support us as we continue to strive to create a community for learning, where students, parents and staff are joined in the pursuit of academic excellence and personal growth in a caring environment. “Geoff has been described as an exceptional human being and educator who builds strong relationships with students, teachers and families,” said Dr. Ackerman, Superintendent of Schools. “And that he teaches and leads with compassion and empathy, which will help nurture a positive morale throughout our schools and athletic programs.”
Mr. Curtis received his undergraduate degree in General Studies from Lewis-Clark State College and holds a master’s degree in Physical Education from Southern Oregon State College. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Administration from the College of St. Rose and certifications in School Building Leadership, 4-12 Health, and K-12 Physical Education.
We would also like to thank Mr. Jason Semo for his four years of leadership and service to our athletic community and wish him well as he moves forward with his career as a Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics closer to his home.