Hi, I'm Chris!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. After several years teaching music and art to young people I spent an extended period living and practicing at a Buddhist monastery in California. This training in meditation and mindfulness informs my approach working with young people, focusing on nurturing curiosity and inquiry. I was a student at a Regio Emilia-approach school from preschool to sixth grade and am a firm believer in this philosophy. I believe the most effective learning environments encourage self-directed learning through play.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management? I believe in focusing on positive reinforcement and avoiding punishment and reward systems--I don't see them as generally effective tools for helping young people to internalize their own behavior management. Behavior management should strive to address the underlying hurts and frustrations of disruptive behavior.
Who was your favorite teacher and why? My sixth grade teacher Kirsten had incredible respect for all her students. This really helped me to respect others and value my own education. She brought calm and patience into the classroom and we (the students) could feel it. She was one of my favorite teachers.