Chris Leonard became the Director of Operations of Sage Day Schools in 2011, after serving as Principal at the Rochelle Park Campus from 1998. In his own words, Chris is “building a place where everyone has the freedom, responsibility and , support to challenge him or herself to work hard, play hard, open new doors and hold doors for others.”
Bringing this philosophy and collaborative culture to our Sage Thrive comprehensive therapeutic programs, Chris leverages his extensive experience as a psychotherapist, educator, and public speaker to guide our in-district services, in-service programs, and events. His valuable insight into school-based therapeutic services arises from a lifetime of preparation, learning, professional advancements, and individual mentorship.
His career started as a 17-year-old camp counselor at Camp Killooleet in Vermont, which clarified the power of community support, group cohesion, respect, responsibility, and individual freedom. Chris has incorporated those long-held beliefs into our school-based mental health counseling and supportive in-district services.
After graduating cum laude from Boston University, Chris began serving diverse communities ranging from the green mountains of Vermont to the inner city of Harlem, NY. He earned his MSW from New York University and an M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from William Paterson University.
Chris has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and families as a social worker, psychotherapist, board member, principal, and now Director of Operations for Sage Day Schools and Sage Thrive in-district therapeutic services. As part of our comprehensive therapeutic school initiative, Chris is instrumental in creating and supporting the vibrant, collaborative, and productive organization we have today.
You can reach Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 201-723-6995.