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Superintendent's Biography

Chris Mount-Benites comes to Burlingame to serve prepared with decades of public education experience in both New York and California in both large and small districts.  As a classroom teacher of nearly a decade in both English and the Social Sciences, Superintendent Mount-Benites built a strong reputation for innovative, integrated curricula while teaching in New York and Los Angeles which led him to leadership roles in labor-management collaboratives, as a site principal for both elementary and high schools and to the role of Director of Curriculum and Instruction for K-12 districts.  The focus of Superintendent Mount-Benites' curricular structure is innovation and access for all in diverse schools while maintaining high levels of rigor and academic achievement.  He firmly believes in keeping to these educational values while maintaining the model of access and success in public education as a right for all children and educators as important public servants and facilitators.  

Superintendent Mount-Benites operationalizes his practice through a leadership style that is focused on coaching and the development of individuals to realize the potential they bring to their roles.  This mentoring approach is coupled with a Problem of Practice methodology, Socratic dialogue, strong systems analysis and improvement, and a genuine care for the students, community, faculty, and staff.  All of these aspects, which were reflected in Burlingame, drew Chris to serve as the Superintendent.

In addition to serving as a teacher, principal, and district administrator, Superintendent Mount-Benites served as an Educational Policy Analyst and then as the CFO/COO for the Division of Equity & Inclusion at UC Berkeley and, most recently, has served as a Chief Business Official and Associate Superintendent for two California school districts while completing his certification in School Business Administration from USC.  This most recent addition to Chris' formal education follows his completion of his MA in Educational Administration from CSU Dominguez Hills, an MA in European and Asian HIstory from SUNY Cortland, and a BA in Secondary Education and History from SUNY Oswego.

When not working, Superintendent Mount-Benites enjoys hiking and backpacking, gardening, reading, traveling, and cooking.  He and his family have long been Bay Area residents and continue to enjoy exploring and enjoying all that it has to offer.

Superintendent Maggie MacIsaac

Office of the Superintendent

Mr. Chris Mount-Benites




Kirsten Diktakis

Coordinator of Projects for the Superintendent