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

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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:

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Updated Programs and Presentations

Updated Programs/Presentations

Presented to Maryville University Advanced Communications class.  Doctorate Level EDL 711

Students completed form below to determine interest/need:

I used this presentation below to guide conversations:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Program/Presentation Opportunity

Presented at Maryville University to Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

  • Capstone culminating project
  • Chapter 4 data
  • How to use Excel to graph data, show trends and save time

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Updated Community Service

Elected President Webster University Alumni Board of Directors

  • President Elect: 2013-15
  • Homecoming Weekend Chair 13-14
  • Vice President: 2010-11
  • Technology Committee Chair, 2010-11
  • Student Alumni Award Chair 2009, 10, 11
  • Alumni Award Committee Chair: 2008

Friday, April 19, 2013

Updated Programs/Presentations

Presented: "Is it Just Technology?" at TEDxMRH

Building Sustainable Communities is an evening of ideas and conversation for those concerned about growing Maplewood and Richmond Heights as lasting communities. There will be 12 speakers discussing a variety of topics including: schools, technology, public health, and much more. The event is being hosted by Schlafly's Bottleworks in their Crown Room on April 18 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. TEDx events are limited to 100 attendees.