Abstract Biographical Statement
Christopher R. McGee, EdD
Dr. Chris McGee is a curriculum coordinator for the Webster Groves school district located in the St. Louis suburban area. His thesis was entitled “The Correlation of Standards-Based Grading and the Performance on Standardized Assessments.” Dr. McGee is passionate about technology. Since his first year of teaching he has been a leader in technological advancement in education within each of his school districts. He currently serves Apple Inc. as an Apple Professional Development Specialist. For more information on Dr. McGee visit his website www.chrisrmcgee.com, or connect with him on twitter at https://twitter.com/cmcgee200.
Full Biographical Statement
Christopher R. McGee, EdD
Dr. Chris McGee is a curriculum coordinator for the Webster Groves school district located in the St. Louis suburban area. Dr. McGee completed his bachelor’s degree at Webster University in biology with an emphasis in secondary education in 2001. He completed his masters degree in educational leadership at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. His doctoral degree was completed at Maryville University in 2011. His thesis was entitled “The Correlation of Standards-Based Grading and the Performance on Standardized Assessments.” Further information about his education can be found: http://chrisrmcgee.com/p/education_15.html
Dr. McGee began his educational career in the Mehlville school district at Oakville High School. While at Oakville, Dr. McGee taught classes which ranged from freshman physical science to junior and senior level chemistry. In addition to his work as a teacher he chaired the grant writing committee and served as lead technology trainer for Microsoft product integration into the classroom. His classroom innovation led him to acquire five classroom computers and thousands of dollars in donations. These resources were used to run a water quality unit for his chemistry class. The class traveled to an area park located off the Missouri river and tested the water quality. The students then formulated reports, presented them to the community at an open house, and sent the results to the state of Missouri Department of Conservation.
Dr. McGee began teaching sixth grade science in the Kirkwood school district at Nipher Middle School in 2004. He chaired the professional development committee and led a number of technology professional development workshops. Dr. McGee strives to be an innovator in education. While at Nipher he led a district changeover to a standards-based grading environment. His work alongside assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Dr. Deborah Holmes led to his desire to pursue a doctoral degree and learn more about the role of grading in education. Dr. McGee left Nipher Middle School in 2012. Further information about Dr. McGee’s teaching and leadership experience can be found here: http://chrisrmcgee.com/p/teaching-experience.html and http://chrisrmcgee.com/p/administrative-experience_15.html
Dr. McGee serves his alma-mater Webster University as the vice president of the Alumni Board of Directors, and chairman of the student awards, alumni awards, and technology committees. Dr. McGee uses strategies focusing on collaboration and innovation to move the organization forward. Under his leadership video web conferencing using collaborative document and data storage has been utilized to increase engagement and communication within the organization. Further information about Dr. McGee’s participation in community service can be found here: http://chrisrmcgee.com/p/community-service.html
Dr. McGee is passionate about technology. Since his first year of teaching he has been a leader in technological advancement in education within each of his school districts. He currently serves Apple Inc. as an Apple Professional Development Specialist. He travels the country training teachers to use Apple products and integrate them seamlessly into their day-to-day operations. He is a certified “Power Searcher” through Google Inc. and is pursuing certification in Google Apps for Education. Dr. McGee can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. In each of these areas he is dedicated to connecting with other educators and finding new and innovative ways to improve student learning. Further information about presentations and programs facilitated are found here: http://chrisrmcgee.com/p/programspresentations.html
Dr. McGee has over a decade of experience in coaching both football and track. He believes his leadership in adult learners stems from his reflection and focus on making athletes better. He is devoted to learning, leading, and making the whole of education better for students worldwide. Through this dedication he has created an annual conference named EdcampSTL: http://edcampstl.wikispaces.com/edcampstl. This conference is free for educators and provides a wealth of opportunities to learn together, grow, challenge one-another, and develop a professional learning network.
Dr. McGee is married to Dr. Patricia Navarro McGee and currently lives in Crestwood, Missouri. They have a cat named Brodie. He is an ESTJ on the Myer’s-Briggs assessment and based on the Strengthsfinder 2.0 assessment his top five strengths are: Focus, Relator, Strategic, Achiever, Self-Assurance. For more information on Dr. McGee visit his website www.chrisrmcgee.com, or connect with him on twitter at https://twitter.com/cmcgee200.