Chris learned the value of experiential learning as a student and it was influential in his decision to become educator. During his career he tried to provide his students with experiential learning opportunities but struggled with how do it meaningfully in international schools. Service learning is a framework that provides meaningful experiential learning opportunities to international students.
Chris is a director for Servelearn.co and provides professional development workshops, coaching and resources for the implementation and integration of service learning into a school’s curricular and/or co-curricular program.
Currently there is an initiative to build the capacity for service learning at international schools within Africa. Chris has been engaged with this initiative since it’s beginning. In addition to serving on the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) Service Learning Working Group for the last five years, Chris was part of a grassroots effort to institutionalize the Global Issues Service Summit.
He has a Masters in Science Education and has completed his Initial Administrative License (Principal Certification in Oregon, USA). Currently he is working to complete a graduate certificate in Student Centered Coaching as well as a certificate in Service Learning and Community Based Learning in Post Secondary Education.
Chris’ home base is in the USA and has worked internationally for over nine years in Africa at three different international schools. He is currently an instructional coach at the International Community School of Addis Ababa.