A 1990 graduate of Gainesville, Dr. Chris Berger has spent the majority of his life in southwest and south central Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree from College of the Ozarks, returning to his hometown to teach sixth grade and coach varsity boys’ basketball.
Dr. Berger returned to school at Missouri State University, earning his Masters and later a Doctorate degree from Saint Louis University in 2005.
He began his administrative career in the Thornfield R-I School District, serving the dual role of principal and superintendent. Dr. Berger then served as superintendent at Dora R-III for 4 years and later as superintendent at Laclede County R-I Schools in Conway for 5 years. At Waynesville for the past seven years, he served as Assistant Superintendent directly overseeing facilities, food services, safety, technology and transportation. As the chief financial officer, he oversaw $65 million in construction during his tenure.
Berger is focused on connecting with leaders throughout the district, where he plans to move his family.
“My main goal is relationship building,” said Berger. “I’m really eager to become involved in the community and meet with student and community groups. I want to become a familiar face in both the community and schools in the district.”
Dr. Berger enjoys being on the river and doing anything outdoors with his family, wife Amanda and their three boys; Christopher 23, Gunnar 20, Ryder 18 and daughters Taliyah 15, Stephy 7, and Jordan 6.