Chris O'Brien is a project-based educator, consultant, and curriculum writer. A life-long learner and experience seeker, Chris worked as a balloon designer, janitor, furniture maker, journalist, bar tender, fine art framer, video editor, full stack web developer before setting out on his mission to bridge the gap between humanities studies and STE(A)M disciplines almost a decade ago. Along with his laundry list of former jobs, O'Brien is an enthusiastic musician, published fiction author, and a bad skateboarder.
It wasn't until Chris stepped into the role of middle school classroom teacher that his non-traditional path to education made sense. His experiences allowed him to understand the underlying connection between all core classroom disciplines and gave him a chance to connect the dots between subjects that others often didn't. Each program O'Brien develops aims to bring project-based experiences to students that strengthen their content knowledge, while allowing them to work on meaningful, maker-based, projects. O'Brien's work (see projects page) has helped thousands of NYC elementary and middle school kids get excited about learning, join the maker movement, and become stronger critical thinkers and responsible citizens.
Chris has a B.A in English Literature and Political Science, along with a M.A in TESOL education. He is certified by NYSED with 5-9 Generalist and ESL licences. His non-fiction has appeared in national publications such as SALON and Edutopia, his fiction has published in large(ish) literary journals and websites. O'Brien has been the recipient of several fellowships and grants, including the Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute and Staten Island Makerspace's "Make Your Future" residency.