Brown Richards named new Rogers' Principal

Dr. Christine Brown Richards is new Principal at Rogers MS
Posted on 08/13/2021
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Dr. Christine Brown Richards was appointed the Principal of Rogers Middle School at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting. Her expected start date is Monday, Sept. 13th. Mr. Chuck Miller will continue to serve as Interim Principal until then as we prepare to once again welcome students back for five days of instruction. Ms. Michelle Flood stepped down as Rogers’ Principal earlier this summer. She will return to teaching this fall, now at Iroquois Middle School.

“We hit the jackpot with Dr. Brown Richards,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Aaron Johnson. “She brings an extensive background that spans a variety of settings. Her love for children and passion for education is infectious and I was impressed with her understanding of how to be a transformational and collaborative leader. It is evident from her experience and in my brief time getting to know her that Dr. Brown Richards invests in people and is committed to ensuring all voices, especially our students, are heard.”

A Rochester native, Dr. Brown Richards is currently an Assistant Principal for Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. Prior to that, she worked in the Rochester City School District for 17 years. She started as a K-8 school counselor (seven years) and served as an Assistant Principal for five years at Franklin High School (7-12 Bio-Science Academy), John Walton Spencer School (K-8) and Helen Barrett Montgomery School (Pre-K-8). She was summer school Principal in 2007 and 2008 for Wilson Foundation/Wilson Commencement and spent 3½ years as RCSD’s Supervising Director of Youth Development and Family Services. She started her career at the Villa of Hope in Rochester as an assistant/associate Supervisor and Residential Counselor for six years.

Dr. Brown Richards has earned certifications in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (University of South Florida) and Family Engagement (Harvard), as well as district and building administration and school counseling. She earned a Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College (2011). She holds a Master of Science in Education from the University of Rochester (1996) and Bachelor of Arts from Central State University in Ohio.

Dr. Brown Richards describes herself as a proud daughter, wife and the mother of four children, including two who graduated from Gates Chili.