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Meet the Principal


Greetings from R. Nelson Snider High School, Home of the Mighty Panthers!

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It is indeed an honor and privilege to serve as the seventh Principal of R. Nelson Snider High School.  At Snider High School, our goal is to create an atmosphere based on “FAMILY” inspired and driven to be successful each and every day. 

We work hard to ensure that every student has the opportunity to be successful every day.  We offer a variety of curricular and cocurricular activities to our students to increase and maximize the connectivity of our students to their school and to their teachers.

We pride ourselves on our exceptional graduation rate and our graduates’ postsecondary successes.

We celebrate and appreciate the support and encouragement we receive from our parents and our community.

We believe that every student who walks through the doors of R. Nelson Snider High School has the potential and ability to become whoever and whatever he/she/they want to become.

We want our students and graduates to be #PantherStrong and #SniderProud!


Best wishes,

Chad Hissong


About Mr. Hissong:

Mr. Hissong graduated from Ball State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in Secondary Education and English.  He spent the first 8 years of his career teaching middle school/junior high school English, and coaching football and wrestling at Hamilton Southeastern Middle School and Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School.  

Mr. Hissong completed his Masters of Arts in Education degree (MAE) in Educational Leadership in 1996 and began his administrative career as Dean of Students at Hamilton Southeastern High School.

In 1999, Mr. Hissong and his family returned to the Fort Wayne area when he accepted a position as Assistant Principal (AP) at North Adams Community Schools.  After serving as an AP for one year at Bellmont High School, he accepted a position as an AP in East Allen County Schools where he subsequently spent the next 10 years serving as an AP at Heritage Junior/Senior High School, Leo Junior/Senior High School, and Prince Chapman Academy.

After completing his Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) at Indiana University, he subsequently accepted his first position with Fort Wayne Community Schools as Principal of the now closed Elmhurst High School.  

In 2010, Mr. Hissong was assigned as the tenth Principal of North Side High School, a school that had been placed on the State of Indiana Department of Education takeover list as a result of its previous poor academic performance.  During his tenure at North Side, the school maintained a school grade of C, including his first year at North Side, and therefore removing the school from the IDOE takeover list.

While serving as Principal of North Side High School, Mr. Hissong supported the following community service initiatives: the yearly Kids Surviving Cancer program, the yearly Riley Children's Hospital fundraiser, the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen canned food drive, as well as, initiated the first northeast Indiana Champions Together program in conjunction with the IHSAA and the Special Olympics.  The North Side Champions Together program initiated a multitude of student-centered programs including basketball games, track meets, and fundraising events for developmentally disabled students.  Mr. Hissong had the privilege of working with the Student Council, the student body, alumni, and community to change the mascot of North Side High School from the “Redskins” to the “Legends.”

After 6 years as Principal of North Side HS, Mr. Hissong accepted the challenge of being the first Director of the FWCS Family & Community Engagement Center (FACE).  In his role as Director, he supported the Chief Officer of the FACE Center in overseeing Community Programs, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Recruitment and Retention, Homeless Assistance, Alternative Programs, College and Career Readiness, Student Placement, and the Parkview Health Clinic.  Mr. Hissong also oversaw the FWCS Athletic Programs and Directors, managed the Student Learning Advocates, and provided professional learning and support to Case Managers and Administrative Assistants.

In the spring of 2018, Mr. Hissong was selected to become the seventh Principal at R. Nelson Snider High School.  Since his arrival, Mr. Hissong created the Snider High School Spirit Squad which works in conjunction with the Snider High School Student Council to focus on the emotional and social well-being of all students.  Mr. Hissong's presence extends beyond the normal school day as he is visible at variety of extra and co-curricular events supporting the Snider High School Family.

The Spirit Squad and Student Council have successfully hosted a multitude of tailgate events, coordinated multiple spirit weeks for students and staff, coordinated a teacher award day, created the lunch time senior lounge, planned for the reinvention of the Snider courtyard, initiating advisor/advisee time, implementing club-based activities and organizations that are focused on students, as well as, planning their last official senior day at Snider High School.

Mr. Hissong is the youngest of the five Hissong brothers.  Mr. Hissong has been married to his wife of 34 years, Suzanne, and we have three wonderful and beautiful children, Alexandria (31), Chase (25), and MaryKate (22).