AJA Announces Principal Chris Aguero

AJA Announces Principal Chris Aguero

Chris Aguero. Credit: Bob Roberts Photography

By Robyn Lindenberg

Austin Jewish Academy is beginning the school year with the introduction of its new principal, Chris Aguero. Aguero brings to the school a wealth of experience and deep passion for education.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, where Aguero was active at Chabad, he moved to New York City. There he worked for the Union for Reform Judaism Press, took classes at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and held an internship with the Department of Education for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. For two years he coordinated a literacy program at the Harlem Branch of the New York Public Library, volunteering as a teacher of English and literacy. In New Haven, Connecticut, Aguero taught at Ezra Academy, a Solomon Schechter day school.  While in Connecticut, he earned a master’s degree in education.

In 2012, Aguero moved to Austin to begin a doctoral program in education at University of Texas and began teaching at the Austin Jewish Academy. After four years teaching fifth through eighth grade at AJA, Aguero accepted a position at ACE Academy, a kindergarten through eighth grade school specializing in gifted education. During his two years teaching at ACE, Aguero received training in the Renzulli Learning System through the University of Connecticut.

Aguero is an active member of Congregation Agudas Achim, serving on the synagogue’s executive board as the vice president of education. He has taught Hebrew school for more than a decade and currently serves as a tutor for children and adults preparing for b’nei mitzvah.

Firm at the center of Aguero’s beliefs about education is the notion that all students can learn and each one arrives to school with an array of knowledge from their own life experiences, no matter how young they are and where they come from. Curriculum should be rooted in acknowledging these experiences and this expertise on the part of the child. Having worked for over a decade in private schools, mostly in Jewish day school education, Aguero’s educational philosophy and approach prioritize the well-being and education of the whole child.    

Aguero’s graduate research interests are teacher identity formation and teacher resilience. Among his many passions are foreign language learning and travel, particularly to Israel. With the collaboration of faculty, staff, students, parents and community members, it is his hope to develop new and innovative programs that will continue to place Austin Jewish Academy at the forefront of independent school education. ■

For more information about Austin Jewish Academy, visit www.austinjewishacademy.org. AJA is now accepting applications to kindergarten through eighth grade for the 2018-2019 school year. Contact admissions@austinjewishacademy.org to schedule a tour or attend an admissions event.

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