Sunday, August 17, 2014

Updated Programs/Presentations

Facilitated Staff Development workshop for St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Oakville.

Workshop featured and overview of Google Apps. Slides found here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Added to Awards/Honors page

Nominated for Excellence in education award by St. Louis Magazine:

Greetings and Congratulations.

You have been nominated for the inaugural
St Louis Family* Magazine 2014
Excellence in Education Award!

You have been recognized as a person who puts their students above all else, creating an educational experience that surpasses the obligations.  St. Louis Family* magazine wants to highlight you, as a special educator, for making a difference in classrooms and children’s day-to-day lives.

This is the first year that St Louis Family*  will recognize those special teachers and administrators in the St. Louis region who have made a remarkable impact of their students’ lives.  This event was advertised throughout the region and over 100 nominations were received. 

This summer, a panel of nationally distinguished judges will review all nominations and recognize the top educators in the fields of:
Pre-K and Kindergarten
Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Specialized Education

Winners will be announced and receive an Excellence in Education Award in September 2014 and will be featured in the St. Louis Family magazine Fall Issue. 

*St. Louis Family is the newest addition to the SLM Media Group that includes St. Louis Magazine and St. Louis At Home.  Launched in April 2012, this twice-a-year publication’s sole purpose is to become the go-to guide on the best resources in the area for raising happy and healthy children.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Updated 2014 Data in "References"

See page here:

Added quantitative and qualitative data about workshops from 2014.


88 surveys given to attendees of workshops.

Please rank your overall degree of satisfaction with the workshop facilitator from 1 - 6, where 6 is Most Satisfied, and 1 is Least Satisfied:
2014 data: 5.94


  • Chris was very engaging and helpful. I was engaged the whole time.
  • AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Send him back again!!!!!!
  • Dr. Christopher McGee was a wonderful presenter and made the training exciting. Thanks
  • I would love to attend the I work for education workshop to become more knowledgeable.
  • Phenomenal presentation by Dr. Chris McGee. Extremely excited about what I learned today.
  • This is the kind of training we needed as teacher when we first received our iPads.
  • Very informative
  • Very knowledgable and enthusiastic! Wonderful!
  • Wonderful training !
  • Chris was very professional, knowledgable, and friendly while giving great information I can implement in class!
  • I really want to attend a iWorks for education training with Dr. Chris McGee because he is very patient and teaches in a very positive way. I learned so much in this training. I am ready to go into my classroom to share with my students what I learned.
  • Very good. Probably need to take more in depth classes for each app to really get the hang of how to use them. Need to practice until I get it. Dr. McGee was super great!!!! He was interesting, helpful, patient, personable and enjoyable.
  • Chris is very helpful and very knowledgeable. He has a great personality I truly enjoyed the day.
  • I truly enjoyed the workshop. Dr. McGee is a very powerful presenter! He made me feel comfortable during the entire workshop! I am motivated to keep on learning more so that I can empower my students to become college and career ready! I look forward to attending the iWork's for education training.
  • Chris was amazing!!!
  • I was a little apprehensive about all of this, but I am feeling better! Thank you
  • Thanks for all your help. This has been best workshop, most relevant, I have been to.
  • This was the best apple class ever. Thanks!!!
  • Chris had great enthusiasm. He was extremely competent and engaging. The time flew by. I feel like my learning and confidence increased.
  • Great, funny presenter. He kept us engaged as well as making us very comfortable to try everything without fear. Wish he was in our district! Thanks, Chris!
  • AWESOME! Great presenter great job! Ready to enroll in another one of Chris's courses!
  • Chris was awesome!!!
  • Chris was great fun, and knowledgable.
  • I like the informal environment and the question answer segments.
  • I appreciate that Chris understands that we are at all different levels of comfort with the use of Apple products.
  • Chris is a fantastic presenter, positive, and patient. He was willing to answer other questions that came up as we were working. He did a great job of differentiating in the classroom with the different levels of experience and confidence.
  • Great day. Learned lots. Long way to go.
  • Great presentation!
  • I enjoyed the workshop and presenter today.
  • Thank you for being so enthusiastic and patient!
  • Thanks for your preparation and your time.
  • Wonderful presenter, very helpful and enthusiastic!
  • thanks for a great day of did a super job!
  • Chris McGee was entertaining, informative and patient with a group of teachers at many different levels of comfortability.
  • Our presenter was awesome; friendly, helpful, and funny! He did such a good job connecting with us so that we trusted him. GREAT Job!!!!
  • The presenter was very friendly and approachable. He made everyone feel comfortable asking questions.
  • Chris was a pleasant presenter with a great sense of humor and lot of knowledge and information. It was comforting and enjoyable to learn from him.
  • Count Response
  • Chris did an excellent job of introducing the programs and then letting us work on the apps
  • Chris was the best! Knowledgeable, patient, and charismatic!
  • Engaging and knowledgable presenter. A good day of learning.
  • Excellent presentation...just alot to absorb in a short amount of time.
  • Great fun. Amazing with NAMES!
  • chris did an excellent job presenting given plus method and style of presenting....excellent
  • Dr. McGee was a very energetic presenter that added fun to learning. The material was helpful and will help me engage students more.
  • I really enjoyed Chris. He is a great presenter and I picked up several useful classroom tools from him today.
  • Chris was a comical, creative, active, attentive, interactive, informative, engaging, energetic, and personal presenter!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Updated Award/Honors: Peabody Energy Leader in Education

Updated awards and honors page.

Named a Peabody Energy "Leader in Education"

Article posted on CBS news webpage:

Article pasted below:
Local Educator Named Peabody Energy Leader in Education
St. Louis, Mo. November 7, 2013 – Dr. Chris McGee of Webster Groves School District in St. Louis was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education for the 2013-14 school year, and awarded $1,000 for his dedication and commitment to students.
McGee’s philosophy of leadership in education is one that focuses on advocacy, enthusiasm and participation in order to ensure that everyone will succeed. As Webster Groves School District’s Curriculum Coordinator, McGee specializes in creating personalized learning for every classroom. He researches and provides effective instruction in order to create opportunities that are authentic and relevant to current events and that utilize the highest technologies available. McGee founded the nonprofit ConnectED Learning, which is designed to give teachers a completely free space to develop, share, learn and connect with other educators.
The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program rewards dedicated education professionals—from teachers and coaches to librarians and counselors—who inspire and motivate youth to succeed. Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders.
“Outstanding educators like Chris McGee are the heroes who help students find their true potential to succeed,” said Greg Boyce, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Peabody Energy. “We are pleased to honor Dr. McGee as a Peabody Energy Leader in Education, and we thank him for working diligently to transform the lives of his students.”

The Leaders program was developed in Missouri in 2009, and reflects Peabody’s commitment to make a positive impact in the communities where the company’s employees live and work by honoring those who inspire students. The 2013-2014 award program is continuing to accept nominations and is open to educational professionals of public, private and independent schools in designated communities where Peabody Energy employees live and work.
Honorees are selected from a diverse group of educators. They can range from veteran teachers to individuals in support staff roles such as administrators, coaches or counselors. Each 2013-2014 Leader in Education will be honored at an awards gala after this school year, where one will be named Educator of the Year and awarded $5,000.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Featured in Webster/Kirkwood Times

For full article click here:

Article By: Jim Merkel

When teachers at Edgar Road Elementary School recently met bestselling author Daniel H. Pink by Skype, they learned about more than Pink's book about motivation entitled "Drive."

Besides receiving tips about how to motivate others, they got a nudge to use technology more in their classrooms.

The conversation at a staff development day on Aug. 30 was arranged by Christopher McGee, the Webster Groves School District's curriculum coordinator of science and social studies from kindergarten through eighth grade. McGee, 35, developed the relationship with Pink through Skype.

McGee, who started in the curriculum coordinator job at the start of the 2012-13 school year, serves largely as a coach to teachers. He has used technology heavily in the classroom ever since he started teaching chemistry and physical science at Oakville High School in 2001-2004. It's a major reason he received two awards for teaching in 2013.

McGee was one of two people in the St. Louis area and 2,200 in the world to win the Apple Distinguished Educator Award. To win, he had to write an essay and produce a video about how he uses technology for student learning.

"It was really a career recognition," McGee said. He told how he recorded his instruction early in his career and posted it on YouTube for his students to watch. "My students could look at it at their own pace," he said. 

McGee also took after Google, which allows its employes to spend 20 percent of their time doing projects of their own design.

The second honor, which McGee received in August, is the 2013-2014 Phi Delta Kappa Emerging Leaders Award. He is one of 24 educators who received the award from the international education organization.

To enter, he submitted two essays and three letters of reference. The contest was judged by a team of past winners and members of the organization itself.

Chris McGee is one of two people in the St. Louis area and 2,200 in the world to win the Apple Distinguished Educator Award. photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
Those who wrote letters of recommendation included Patrick Dempsey, an eighth grade science teacher at Hixson Middle School.

"He's really been a mentor to me, and I know a mentor to others as well. He really does his work with students in mind," Dempsey said.

Also submitting a letter of recommendation was McGee's boss, district superintendent for curriculum and instruction John Simpson.

"He just possesses a tremendous commitment to learning and education," said Simpson, who has long known McGee. 

In the job, McGee serves as a coach to help teachers improve their skills.

McGee started on the path toward being an educator when he grew up in Collinsville, Ill. He credits his fourth grade teacher and his chemistry teacher at Collinsville High School with giving him the desire to teach. His interest in the Internet and the Commodore 64 computer in their early days grew as he went into teaching.

He graduated from Collinsville High School in 1996, and from Webster University in 2001 with a double major in biology and secondary education. McGee is on the board of trustees of Webster University and is president of the alumni association board of directors. He received his master's degree in educational leadership from Lindenwood University and doctoral degree in educational leadership from Maryville University. 

After teaching at Oakville High School, he taught sixth grade science at Nipher Middle School in the Kirkwood School District from 2004-2012. In the past, he's also coached football and track in the Oakville, Lindbergh and Kirkwood school districts.

Outside of school, McGee and his wife, Patricia, live in Crestwood, where their newborn daughter, Isabela, is keeping them up late.

He also is busy preparing for the edcampSTL, a one-day conference set for Feb. 8, 2014 at Affton High School, where people interested in education can share their ideas. McGee started the conference in 2012 with Robert Dillon, director of technology in the Affton School District. Dillon was the third person to submit a letter of recommendation for McGee for the Pi Delta Kappa Emerging Leaders Award.

McGee is chief executive officer of a non-profit organization called Connected Learning. It runs edcampSTL and provides learning opportunities for teachers.

For all the great things technology does, McGee acknowledges there are limits.

"Computers are only one of the pieces. They never will replace good teachers," he said.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Updated Awards and Honors

Updated Awards and Honors page here:

Highlighted blog post written about me:

What might be better than any award or honor is recognition from a colleague.  Outstanding post via his blog from an educator and curriculum coordinator in Hong Kong. See his post here: