We come back


We read news every day about local high school graduates who leave our area and do big, important things elsewhere. Every so often, though, they come back and do those big, important things right here.

Like in the case of St. Maries High School graduate, Chris Asbury.

Chris Asbury returned home this summer to fill a position as the principal/superintendent of the Avery-Calder-Clarkia school district.

After 13 years in education, Chris returns to the St. Maries area to manage the Avery-Calder-Clarkia School District. He graduated from SMHS in 1995 and comes back to us with a catalog of qualifications.

He earned his bachelor degree from Lewis Clark State College and masters in educational leadership from the University of Idaho. He’s certified in social studies and has taught special education. Chris has also coached varsity softball and worked as an assistant athletic director. He is currently working toward his second masters.

He worked for a year at Moscow High School before spending 12 years teaching and coaching in Mountain Home. For the past 15 years he has returned to the St. Maries area each summer to work for the Department of Lands fighting fire.

Chris decided to return home more permanently this summer when he was hired as the new superintendent for the district. He has a six-year-old daughter, Mia, and is the son of Ron and Maggie Asbury.

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