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Chris Albrecht

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Christopher Albrecht teaches 4th grade Language Arts, sciences, and technology, and has remained consistent finding pleasure in being a catalyst for children to find joy and happiness in learning.

Mr. Albrecht graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and earned a Master’s Degree of Science in Elementary Education from Clarion University in 1995. It was at Clarion University that Albrecht worked as a graduate assistant at a time period in which the internet was first being pioneered in classrooms. Shortly after graduating, Albrecht was hired to teach a newly formed technology program at New Martinsville School in New Martinsville, West Virginia. There he created a fully integrated technology curriculum involving the internet, the first of its kind. His work at New Martinsville School took him to Washington, DC where, in 1996, he was awarded the Sallie Mae First Class National Teacher of the Year Award. After three years of teaching in West Virginia, Christopher Albrecht returned to upstate New York, where he grew up, and has worked as a 4th and 5th grade teacher at the Fred W. Hill School in Brockport. In 2013, Albrecht was chosen as an NBC News 10 Golden Apple Award recipient. This was followed up in 2016 when he was named the National Teacher of the Year by the Campaign for Cursive. In 2017, Albrecht received the Mr. Roy Bubb Award from the College at Brockport for his work with the College of Education. He is the 2018 recipient of the Donald Sobol and David Johnson Awards for Teaching Excellence.

As part of his duties as New York’s Teacher of the Year, Christopher serves on the Commissioner’s Advisory Council. He has keynoted and presented to many colleges, professional organizations, schools and in April of 2018 will be a guest of the President of the United States at the White House. He has been invited to train with United States astronauts in July of 2018. Christopher has dedicated this year to the service and charity of all students and teachers statewide. He hopes that his words and personal example will inspire schools and communities to develop a culture of service and charity. When Christopher was named the 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year, he was awarded with significant money, which he used 100% of to buy books, which he delivers on school visits all over New York State while teaching lessons on moral character, creativity, and the importance of reading. While visiting Clarion he will deliver books to five classrooms at Clarion Limestone.  Christopher has been a guest on many local TV and radio stations, and he has been featured in the news nationally and internationally on NPR, NPR Canada, and has had stories covered that ran on the Associated Press wire worldwide. In May of 2018, Christopher will be presenting to a global audience as a TEDx speaker.

Chris will be leading a talk in Hart Chapel at Clarion University on February 20, 2018 at 4 p.m. Read more about the event details.

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Last Updated 4/9/18