About

DSC00006Currently, I am a social studies teacher in Western Virginia where I teach Government, World Geography, and Economics & Personal Finance. I am an alumnus of Gettysburg College where I studied American Studies, Education, and Music. In addition to teaching, I coach tennis and a variety of other sports and am also extremely involved in a multiple musical ensembles.

In my junior year of college, I chose to study abroad in Ghana (in the fall of 2012) and Vienna, Austria (spring of 2013). In Ghana, I studied Ghanaian culture (including the language Twi) and music education. In Vienna, I was enrolled in music, german, and education classes. I also received private horn lessons from a former horn player from the Vienna Philharmonic. I have been fortunate to study education and have taught and interned at schools in both Ghana and Vienna. From these experiences, I like to think I bring more of a global view to education and tend to relate my posts to my experiences in these countries (as well as my experiences in the US).

My goal is to inspire others to become involved in their child’s education and to help close the gap in achievement so every child has an equal opportunity to succeed. However, my primary reason to blog is to understand what people think, and how I can learn from others. That is why I love when people comment and share their ideas. I can’t promise I will respond to every comment, but I read each one and always take the advice and knowledge from you to heart.

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. ~Maya Angelou

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24 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for liking my blog. I was at Gettysburg last September. What an amazing place! You actually feel you’ve been at the battle. I don’t know much about American history yet as I grew up in another country but it does fascinate me and always happy to learn something new about it.

  2. Chris,

    Good luck in your future endeavors. It looks like you and I are passionate about the same thing: finding ways to better those around us.

  3. Keep up the good work! I am a recently retired teacher of 33 years and believe me when I say it gets harder and harder each year. Many Parents just don’t understand that we are on their side and care about their children. Good luck to you!

  4. Many thanks for visiting SKoolAide! I can see that we share the passion for education and travel…There’s no greater responsibility than to help train the future for the future. Keep up the great work that you’re doing and best success. We hope that you keep your eyes on SKA…”we’re about to be startin’ somethin’!”

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  6. Hi Chris: Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I’m so happy to read that you are very interested in Education and Music and many other things! I hope you visit today and listen to the beautiful song I posted from You Tube. I have a friend that is going to Ghana to teach for a few years and is leaving next month! Your parents must be very proud of you and all that you are doing!

  7. What a great blog! I’m excited to take the time to delve a bit more into your posts and get a firmer grasp on what you are doing. I love the idea of global education! We are planning a trip to Southeast Asia within the next 6 months…..I’m so excited to see how and what the kids will learn as we go international!!

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog, ( redflagflying, I have two running) and liking my post. Gettysburg! I have always wanted to visit the battlefield there, having a great interest in the US Civil War. You have a very good blog here, well-intentioned, and thoughtful. Regards from Norfolk (The English one) Pete.

  9. Hey, so I just graduated high school….. I think that says enough right there. I would love to collaborate with you on subjects of education but as well as others such as consciousness, government, people in general, hmu on my blog Projectomega1994.wordpress.com

  10. One year I was teaching Social Studies for the entire year and the next year the school system decided to go split with Science. The students would take a half year of both subjects. I was in charge of moving the groups around in midstream. Not believable but it is true. No wonder the students know so little about our government or history.

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