Christine Goodwin, Third-Grade
Teacher at Primary Plus Elementary School (Amber), is a 2008 Outstanding
Educator Nominee for San Jose Magazine
Chris Goodwin, a Third Grade teacher from Primary
Plus Elementary School who has more than twenty-five years of
experience, was nominated as the Outstanding Educator due to her
creativity and energy she puts in her daily lessons. Chris is originally
from England where she received her formal training prior to teaching
ten years of elementary school in Nottingham and Darby. She attributes
her creativity to her early training. She has been with Primary Plus for
more than eleven years. According to Mary Lou Rodriguez, Primary Plus
Elementary School’s Principal, Chris is very innovative, truly genuine,
and still really enjoys teaching. “We are very lucky to have Chris here
at Primary Plus!” adds Mary Lou.
Chris not only inspires her students with her interesting lesson plans,
she is also the first to influence the other teachers and the Primary
Plus curriculum. Mary Lou Rodriguez enthusiastically states that each
year Chris always incorporates something new and innovative in her
classroom, particularly in Art and Computers.
Studying various artists has been one of Chris’ passions. She introduced
her students to Monet, Van Gogh, Michelangelo and more. She then had her
students create drawings and paintings inspired by these artists and the
results were truly amazing. Chris also works very hard to increase the
relevance and excitement of the lessons. Most recently, she brought in
teams from the San Jose Museum of Art and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre
to share their experiences with the students.
When Chris is not in the classroom, she spends time with her family and
outdoors. She loves to play tennis, ski, and hike. If Chris had to
choose one lesson to teach her students, it’d be that things don’t
always come easy so keep trying and you’ll get it in the end. She really
practices what she preaches and is even starting to learn to wakeboard!
The full article and Chris’ photo will be featured in the September
issue of the San Jose Magazine.
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