I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the principal at Oxbow Elementary School. I have been in education for 28 years. I started my career at a private school teaching 3rd grade before leaving teaching for two years to work as a juvenile probation officer in Detroit. I returned to teaching for the next 10 years teaching 2nd and 3rd grades in Detroit Public Schools. The next stop was Oxbow where I spent 14 years teaching 3rd and 5th grades. I left Oxbow to pursue my dream of becoming an elementary principal spending the next two years as the Dean of Students and then Assistant Principal at Lakeland High School. All of these experiences have helped to prepare me to come back to Oxbow as your principal. I truly love this building and feel it is a special place. I am so excited to be home.
On a personal note, I am married with three daughters. My oldest daughter is a sophomore at the University of Michigan pursuing a career in neonatal nursing. She is also a member of the dance team so my wife and I are very excited to attend the football games this year to watch her perform. My middle daughter will be a Freshman at Wayne State University. She is looking to pursue a career in dance. My youngest is a junior at Milford High School and is not only a talented dancer, but is gifted in art and music also. I have no idea where her passions will lead her, but I am excited to find out. All three of my daughters went to Oxbow. My wife Barb is an Engineering Manager at Chrysler where she has been employed for over 20 years. In my free time I build props for the dance studio and pitch for a fastpitch softball team out of Port Huron that is presently ranked number two in the nation. In December 2014, I retired from the Highland Fire Department after 21 years of service.
I look forward to seeing all the familiar faces from my years at Oxbow and meeting the new ones that have come in since I left. I think you will find me to be fair and consistent, and a person who will always put what is best for the students first. I think it is crucial for a building to have parent involvement, and I can promise you that if you want to be involved, we can find a way that you can become involved in your child's education.
Chris McAuliffe, Principal