Chris joined Academic Approach in the spring of 2009 and became Chief Operating Officer in that same year. In his role he has been responsible for the company’s operations, finances, and marketing. With a deep background in growing educational services, Chris is committed to increasing student achievement while working together with the organization’s other mission-driven leaders to build Academic Approach’s operational strength to serve more and more students effectively.
For over 25 years, Chris has led educational services that have advanced the academic skills of tens of thousands of students. After helping build the largest one-on-one tutoring service in the country, he went on to work for two of the largest educational services in the country, Sylvan and Kaplan, at state and national levels. Whether it was standardized test prep, higher education, or basic reading and math skills, Chris has consistently focused on developing and managing the most effective educational programs to best serve students, parents, and schools. His extensive experience includes: creating and implementing local, regional, and national strategies for operations, marketing, and sales; integrating new educational programs into over 850 franchise and corporate learning centers; hiring, training, and managing thousands of instructors. Chris is a graduate of Yale University, and is happily married with two wonderful boys.
What aspect of education or teaching are you most passionate about?
“Over my many years in education I have had the fortunate opportunity to learn from incredibly devoted and passionate people who really cared about the success of a child. Within various organizations I learned how prioritizing the educational quality of a service could never be overstated, yet was not always easily achieved. These lessons continue to drive me today to believe that for a group of dedicated people to be successful serving students and teachers that they need to strive to be growth-minded — both educationally and operationally.” -Chris Droge