Associate Head of School/U.S. History Teacher/Head Coach, Mountain Biking
Franklin and Marshall College - B.A.
Pepperdine University - M.S.
After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in 1993, Chris has been working in boarding schools for the past 22 years in multiple capacities, including teacher, coach, dorm parent, advisor, and has been involved in administration for the past eight years. He started his career at Culver Military Academy as an intern, then went on to work at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston PA where he taught history and coached hockey and lacrosse for 13 years. While at Wyoming Seminary, he earned his masters degree in Academic Technology from Pepperdine University, and worked as the Director of Academic Technology for three years. He went on Sabbatical to the Czech Republic in 2001 coaching hockey and teaching ESL English.
Chris's work on health and wellness began in 2007 during his time as an Athletic Director in Colorado, where he instituted community wide health and wellness policies and programs, including fitness programs for faculty and students and a healthier approach to boarding student meals. He, along with Sodexo, created an athletes' line in the Dining Hall. While he does not have any professional degrees in these areas, he is passionate about the lifestyles of adolescence and the importance of developing life-long beneficial habits. Including sleeping, nutrition, and exercise. He attended the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute which focuses on the adolescent brain and leadership. He brought an 8:30 start time to the VES community along with earlier bed times for underclass students, and has worked to develop VES’ Toward Full Stature Program, which includes a Student Life Curriculum and Residential Life curriculum for all four grades.
In addition to his administrative role as Associate Head of School, he also teaches two sections of AP US History and coaches Mountain Biking in the Fall. He lives on campus with his wife, Justine, who is the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid and their two children Wyatt and Campbell.