We recently caught up with Salem Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Russell as part of our new virtual Patch Park Bench column.
Patch: What's your morning routine?
Dr. Steve Russell: Lately, I've been checking on the weather to see if it's snowing! My two dogs, Arthur and Isabelle, greet me at 5:30 am. I arrive at the office around 7 a.m. The first hour of the day is the best time to get a lot of things done.
P: What do you do for a living? And what's the best thing about your job?
S: I'm Superintendent of the Salem Public Schools. Our students are the best part of my job!
P: What's the hardest?
S: Working with our administrators and staff to significantly raise the level of our students' academic achievement.
P: How long have you lived in Salem?
S: My wife Edith and I have lived here for almost three years.
P: What's your favorite thing about living here?
S: We love the diversity of people, the proximity to Boston and the wide variety of things to do on the North Shore.
P: If you had to arrange a secret meeting here, where would you have it?
S: Winter Island - under the light house.
P: Tell us something about yourself that most of your neighbors don't know.
S: I was born and brought up in Concord, N.H.
P: When you want a really indulgent snack here, where do you go and what do you get?
S: Ice cream at Treadwell's - and they're open year-round!
P: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
S: "To take life as I find it, but don't leave it that way."
P: What are you doing after this interview?
S: Meeting with Salem Police Detective Peter Baglioni to help with plans for the summer DARE Program.
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