Since joining Lake County Educational Service Center (LCESC) in 2005, Dr. Brian Bontempo has championed education by supporting the institution’s mission to provide innovative programs and quality services to the educational community in Lake County, Ohio. He received his Doctor of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership in 2010 and began his work as an Assistant Superintendent and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he is the primary professional adviser to the County Board of Education and Auburn Career Center. He took over the leadership of the Auburn Career Center in the spring of the 2016-2017 school year and this year the school is experiencing its largest enrollment in school history. Dr. Bontempo has also tripled the programming and budget of LCESC by expanding the programs that serve local school districts and communities.
Take 5 catches up with the 2010 graduate:
1. Why did you decide to go back to school; what drew you to NCU?
My lifelong goal of earning my doctorate in order to enhance my career and provide better opportunities for my family.
2. What does your typical day look like?
I am the superintendent of Lake County Educational Service Center and Auburn Career Center, the region’s career center. I do not have a typical day but every day my goal is to work to improve the opportunities for students and to support educators. The more positive impact I can have on people, the better.
3. What are some of the most difficult challenges you have faced as a student and how did you overcome those challenges?
The long hours made it tough. I am married and had young teenage boys when I was in the program. I did most of my work after the family was in bed. My wife was a rock and my sons encouraged me. You have to know your support system and use them.
4. How has the flexibility of NCU's programs helped you balance family life, work, and school?
It was the only way I could have made it. It worked for my busy schedule. I can’t believe I made it but I had a great dissertation chair, Dr. Melanie Shaw, who kept me on track.
5. What advice do you have for prospective students interested in enrolling in your same program at NCU?
Follow your dreams. NCU will support you. The hard work will pay off. It’s worth every minute!