Chris Powell - Older Group
I grew up in New York, where I attended Nyack High School as well as The Art Student’s League. While still in high school, I worked at a Head Start program in Harlem. During the time between graduation from high school and graduation from college, I co-taught in the 2nd grade, and coordinated activities for preteens at The Rough Rock Demonstration School on the Navajo reservation. I later taught Lamaze childbirth classes, both to adults and to girls at a school for pregnant teenagers.
I received my undergraduate degree in elementary education at Antioch College, where I was fortunate to have Phil Rothman and Louie King (former head master at the Antioch School), two educators who valued the integrity, intellect, and curiosity of children. I received my Masters Degree from Wright State University, where I majored in teaching children with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges and graduated with honors. My teaching certification is in elementary education 1st through 8th grade and learning disabilities/behavior disorders kindergarten through high school.
I taught the 4th and 5th grade learning disabilities resource classes at Mills Lawn Elementary School in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I also taught the learning disabilities resource classes at South High School in Springfield, Ohio. While there, I saw a need for a support group for teens returning from chemical dependency treatment centers. I went to workshops provided by The Johnson Institute to learn techniques for successfully facilitating recovery groups, then offered recovery support groups for teenagers returning to school after treatment at chemical dependency centers.
For one year, I taught in the 1st and 2nd grade learning disabilities resource room at Lagonda Elementary School, also in Springfield, Ohio.
During my career as a teacher, I have attended many classes and workshops including sessions on Tourette’s Syndrome, mathematics, physical education, children’s literature, photography, glass blowing, watercraft skills, ornithology, flight, and archeology.
I have been teaching at Antioch School for a quarter of a century, and still feel so honored and privileged to be able to teach in this gem of a school where learning is authentic, and where children are supported and encouraged to pursue their interests, to take on challenges, and to creatively solve problems. This is an amazing, vibrant, learning environment where children and teachers alike learn, grow, and thrive.
The Older Group
For fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.