Mr. Chris Harmon
Middle School Social Studies & Athletic Director
Nationality: United Stated
Education: BA in Middle Child Education; MCAA in Coaching and Athletic Administration
What is your teaching philosophy?
Middle school students need a variety of ways to learn. They need opportunities to see things, hear things, and do things. In addition to that, they need opportunities to work on projects that take the information they learning and apply it to the real world. This is what brings a sense of importance about the content to their lives!
How do you define a good education?
A good education is one that develops the child mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally. It should help them grow as a person and prepare for life in the real world.
What is the most important thing you want to pass along to your students?
I hope my students learn that the world is so much bigger than the ISW community, bigger than Wuxi, even bigger than China! There’s a whole world of people and experiences, and they can find ways to use their talents and abilities to positively impact the world.
You work with Middle school, what is your favorite thing about this age group?
Middle school students still have a desire to learn and make school fun. As a teacher, I can get bored myself if the lessons are not fun! They constantly challenge and drive me to design creative lessons that are fun and engaging.
What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
My favorite subject to teach is history. It’s one giant story, and I consider myself blessed to be a storyteller who shows the students what we can learn from it.
What area of learning do you enjoy most in the classroom?
I really enjoy our times working on projects. We do a variety, from models to making movies and even writing rap songs about Ancient Greece. Seeing the students take the information they know and demonstrate it in their projects is fun to watch.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I really enjoy getting to watch movies, particularly the Marvel movies! I’m a big comic book nerd, and it’s been fun seeing these movies bring to life the heroes I read about as a kid.
What is your favorite thing about ISW?
I really enjoy our ISW Athletics program! I am blessed to be able to oversee the program and also be a coach. We have fantastic student athletes who love to compete. We are a program that is continuing to excel each year, and I am excited to see good things happen again this year!
What qualities or traits did your favorite teachers have?
My favorite teachers were the ones that were flexible enough to adjust their style to what best suited my learning. The best teachers will do everything in their power to help students learn the content in a way that will stick with them.
What is your favorite ISW memory?
Last spring, our ISW Lady Wildcats soccer team won the first championship for ISW. Having worked as Athletic Director for the past 8 years, this was a dream realized for me. Our school waited a long time for it to happen, but hopefully it is now the first of many to come!