Chris Wakefield is an experienced educator who is passionate about bringing Design Thinking into the forefront of education. With 15 years of educational experience, in which a decade was based in Project Based Learning at High Tech High Media Arts (HTHMA) in San Diego, California, Chris brings an innovative way of thinking to education focusing on student engagement. He developed more than 20 projects, while teaching Math and Physics at HTHMA, that allowed students to design and build authentic, practical real-world products that challenged students to go beyond the classroom.
During the 2012-2013 school year, Chris was selected to work with the Innovation Unit in London, England to help schools transition to Project Based Learning. From this experience, Chris learned that in order for a school to make meaningful innovation, there must be clear communication and a willingness to think outside of the box.
Chris holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, a Master’s Degree from George Mason University, and a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. When he is not at school you will find Chris riding his road bike all around San Diego, having dinner with friends and reading a book on the beach.