Sunday, March 15, 2015

Our Extraordinary Team : Christopher Strazzo

As the oldest of six kids, Chris grew up being very comfortable around children. From working with his siblings on homework and volunteering as a science camp counselor in high school, teaching was a natural progression. He recently received his Multiple Subject teaching credential from U.C. Davis. Prior to receiving his credential, Chris worked as a tutor in a before and after school program in Sacramento, where he worked with elementary and middle school students with diverse backgrounds and various skill levels.

He looks forward to eventually having his own classroom where he will strive for a safe learning environment in which students can do work that challenges them. Chris wants students to understand that learning is not problems on a page, or something that happens only at school while at a desk, but a process of opening their eyes to the amazing things that are all around them and wondering about them. As an example, he likes to take students outside to look at trees and grass when they study photosynthesis and measure and calculate the area of their playground to see some of the real world applications for the knowledge they are learning.

In his free time, he enjoys surfing the web, writing (mostly short stories), reading, hiking or camping and the occasional video game.

What is on our nightstand?

Currently, my bookshelf doubles as a nightstand and on top of it I have: an astrolabe, some decorative bottles, an LED candle, a leather-bound journal, a miniature Spartan helmet, and a smattering of other knick knacks and odds and ends.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 items would you bring with you?

If I was stranded on a desert island, I’d bring a book (either the complete works of Shakespeare or my favorite, Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys), a nice sharp knife, and my brother (he’s very handy and would likely figure out how to have us set up - Swiss Family Robinson style).

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