Hillsdale High School
San Mateo, California
Chris encountered some superb teachers in high school, and throughout his education. In particular, a truly fantastic chemistry teacher cultivated his love for the subject and made him consider teaching.
During his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College, Chris worked as a teaching assistant (TA) and tutor for the chemistry department. This experience led him to the conclusion that he wanted to pursue an education-related career. Unsure of what exactly he wanted to do, he enrolled in graduate studies at Stanford University. As a Ph.D. candidate, Chris gained a deeper understanding of chemistry and the nature of science research. After looking at his favorite components of the program—working as a TA, running the chemistry department’s TA training program and coordinating high school outreach visits—he realized that his interest lies in teaching. Chris will enroll in the Stanford Teacher Education Program, upon finishing the coursework required to earn a master’s degree.
Enamored with San Francisco, Chris plans to begin his teaching career in the Bay Area. In this widely diverse community, he’d like to “level the playing field by striving to provide quality instruction to students of all backgrounds.” Chris hopes to convince students that chemistry can be incredibly helpful in everyday life and is a subject that they can understand. Aside from chemistry and education, Chris has a passion for swimming and baking.