My name is Chris Wheeler, and I’m teaching 6th grade!
In addition, I’ll be working with our 8th Graders on advanced math challenges, and hopefully, I’ll have an opportunity to get our middle school students outside and moving with purpose.
If you have been to our school, you may have seen me around. I have had the privilege of working with our Sunol Glen Team for over a decade. During the course of my teaching career, I’ve worked with several different grade levels. However, 6th Grade is still my favorite! Our school is small, which means I’m usually lucky enough to see most of my 6th grade alums around campus during their 7th and 8th grade years too.
I came to the teaching trade in a roundabout manner. I started my working life in the beloved Marine Corps. I served in the Middle East as a machine gunner in a helicopter squadron and I spent several months aboard the U.S.S. Tarawa. We eventually left the theater to provide humanitarian support in the Philippines and Bangladesh.
Later, I graduated from San Jose State with an M.S. Degree in Business Administration. While in school, some friends and I started working in a small print shop in Sunnyvale. Next thing you know, I spent twenty years working in the printing and publishing industry, primarily here in the Bay Area.
Eventually, I grew fatigued chasing production goals and revenue streams. After much ado, it became clear to me that I could better serve my community as a classroom teacher. Despite my claims to the contrary, “I’m never going back to school.” I returned to the hallowed halls of education and earned my teaching credential. I have been diligently striving to make a difference in the world ever since.
As we speak, I live in Brentwood with my wife Sandy and our youngest son Kyle. Our oldest daughter, Christina, lives in San Diego and manages a research lab for a private pharmaceutical company. When time permits, I try to get outdoors as much as possible. I am an incessant reader, an avid scuba diver and an occasional hiker. Despite some inconvenient setbacks, I still love to ride bikes and motorcycles.
I look forward to seeing you on campus this year!
One way or another…..:)