Meet Dr.Chris Hartmann- BetterLesson’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction
A lot of awesome things are happening at BetterLesson (stay tuned for more exciting news). We are so thrilled to welcome Dr. Chris Hartmann into the BL family! Chris will be serving as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, working with our Master Teachers and directing BetterLesson’s educational vision.
Can you tell us about your pre-BetterLesson background?
I was born and raised in Rockville Centre, NY, about 25 miles from New York City. During my adult life I have lived in New Hampshire, Washington DC, Madison (WI), Atlanta, and Boston. I have taught middle school, high school and university classes.
I don’t really like to travel, but I have enjoyed moving a lot. I’ve been told that I like to re-pot myself. Perhaps that’s the easiest way to explain my life and career.
My favorite place to live was Madison — it is a special place and the College of Education is outstanding.
Why did you choose BetterLesson? What makes you excited about working here?
I am excited to work at BetterLesson because the mission is very close to my heart. Through The Master Teacher Project, I hope we can improve instructional outcomes by helping teachers engage with each other, share best practices and great, classroom-ready lessons.
What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
My favorite subject in school was Physical Education. I always enjoyed class, and, there was never any homework. I never really enjoyed homework! As a teacher, I did my best to make homework short, relevant, and productive.
Who was your favorite teacher in school? Why?
My favorite teacher in school was Brother Syriac at Chaminade HS (Mineola, NY). He was my 9th grade social studies teacher, and he was a great story-teller. To this day, I appreciate the way that he used stories, rather than lectures, to help us learn about world history and geography.
As an exchange student in Nanjing, China, I was given the nickname American Thunder for my goal scoring prowess for the University’s soccer team. Although there is not much thunder left, I still enjoy coaching and watching soccer; I am a big New England Revolution fan.