Personal profile: Christopher Shade

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Name: Christopher “Chris” Shade

Occupation: director of school improvement and support, Denton ISD

On the Web: www.dentonisd.org/federal programs; facebook.com/cshadedentonisd

Birth date and place: June 3, 1970; Denton

Family: wife, Tenille; son, Hunter, 18; daughter, Chandler, 15

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: being creative. I describe what I do as creative bureaucracy.

My business philosophy is: to cut through the red tape so teachers can teach.

If I could, I’d be a: workshop presenter for educators.

I’m so sick of: the misplaced emphasis on standardized testing and the subsequent bashing of committed and dedicated educators.

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: my wife, Brené Brown, Seth Godin and Daniel Pink.

My hobbies are: reading, creating presentations and traveling with my wife.

The last book I read was: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown.

I wish I knew how to: be self-compassionate.

My worst habit is: being an imperfect perfectionist with a side of OCD.

Nobody knows I: I’d say not many know I’m introverted. I call myself an extroverted introvert.

The person I most admire is: my wife.

My guilty pleasure is: traveling to places we’ve never been without a plan.

I drive a: black Toyota Tacoma.

I’d like to be driving a: 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback.

My favorite restaurant is: hard to narrow down to one.

I regret: filling out this survey. LOL. Actually, I regret nothing as I would not be who I am today.

If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: the on and off ramps on I-35.

When I retire, I plan to: travel the states providing professional development and travel outside the country with my wife.

Community activities: I chair the Denton ISD Educational Improvement Council.


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