Chris Downey has taught third grade at Park since 1996. Since 2005, he has also served as Lower School Dean of Students. In addition to his teaching duties, Chris is also the Lower School soccer coach, 5/6 Grade Girls Basketball coach, and Lower School Student Government moderator. Chris also held the position of head counselor at Park's summer day camp for seven years. Prior to coming to Park, Chris taught second grade for one year at School #54 in Buffalo as a long-term sub, and worked as a counselor for six years at Cradle Beach Camp.
A lifelong resident of the city of Buffalo, Chris himself is a product of private, independent schools, attending Nardin Academy for elementary school, and Canisius High School for high school. Chris's greatest career highlight was being nominated for Educator of the Year sponsored by WKBW Channel 7 and Dunlop Tire in 1999, and winning Educator of the Week that same year.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University College at Buffalo in Elementary Education (K-6) with a concentration in English. His professional experience includes both public and independent schools, and includes administration, classroom teaching, social/emotional curriculum development, and extensive coaching.
Chris is an avid sports fan, especially of both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. In his free time, he very much enjoys spending time with his two nephews, attending concerts, traveling, and being outdoors.