Welcome from all of us at Affton Patch to Dr. Travis Bracht, who joined this month as the .
We asked Bracht to tell us a little about himself. We asked him five questions (in bold), and here's what he had to say:
Welcome to the Affton School District! What are you hoping to bring to our community in your new position?
I hope to bring bring leadership that helps support and guide our administrators, teachers, parents, and community to understand what it takes to prepare students to be career and college ready in the 21st century.
What exactly is an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment? What will you do? What should we come to you for?
I would characterize the position as one that supervises, monitors, develops, and provides clear expectations to all of the stakeholders such as administrators, teachers, directors, coordinators, and chairpersons who play a vital role in executing all of the various programs and tasks that support student learning.
This position will strive to lead the district's continuous improvement efforts by ensuring that teachers have a viable curriculum that is guaranteed through the implementation of high-leverage instructional practices while supporting teachers with high-quality professional development. I would be a good resource for information on the latest federal and state accountability measures that are currently in place and how Affton is working to meet these requirements.
How long have you been in the community? Where were you before this? What have you done that prepares you for this new position?
This is my 15th year in education, and I recently moved to St. Louis from St. Charles. The last 10 years I have worked for the Francis Howell School District in St. Charles County were I served as a high school science teacher and coach, Dean of Students, Associate Principal, and Director.
The last five years as a district office administrator I gained experience in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, budget, student acceleration, summer school, professional development, and technology integration. For the past two years I have co-chaired the St. Louis Area Curriculum Coordinator’s Association and in May of 2011 I earned by Doctorate degree from Lindenwood Universtiy as well as gaining Superintendent certification.
Tell us about your family! Who supports you?
My wife, Kelly, and I have been married for just over 10 years and are the proud masters of two Weimaraner rescue dogs, Lola and Biggie. Kelly currently serves as a high school assistant principal in the Ferguson-Florissant School District and she earned her Doctorate degree last year from Lindenwood University. I come from a family of educators, my mother being a retired librarian and my father a retired elementary principal and former school board member. In addition, my grandfather served many years as a superintendent in several rural school districts in Missouri.
What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod? (Yes, you have to answer!)
What is an iPod (just kidding)? Well, I have a pretty diverse selection from classical, to rock n’ roll, to country, to pop, to 80’s and yes, even rap. So, I will go with Hangin’ Tough by New Kids on the Block. My wife slipped that one in there on me when I wasn’t paying attention.