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Mr. Young

A special thanks to Mason, one of my brilliant young artists, who made this picture of me without even a touch of malevolence or irony. It was a proud day for me.

Contact Information:

Email me at any time, for any reason: chris.young@leanderisd.orgor call 512-570-1200 (x. 41340)  

Who is Mr. Young? 

First and foremost, I am a student of the human condition. Teaching young people provides me with an endless supply of fascinating subjects who bring joy, wonder, excitement, ideas, and stories to me. It is a privilege to spend 90 minutes a day exploring the world with an energetic group of curious young men and women who puzzle through problems and seek to express ideas through writing. 

On my way to becoming a teacher, I received a BA in English from the University of Iowa where I spent four years studying from great writers in the university's internationally recognized Writer's Workshop and reluctantly accepted my identity as a writer.  I explored my options the first few years after graduating, conducting research for a marketing firm, spending time as an electrician's assistant in an industrial pork slaughter house, and finding success in the banking world. In every professional capacity, I found joy in helping others to learn challenging concepts, so I went back to school and earned my Masters in Education from Texas State University. 

This year marks my twelfth year of teaching.  Ten years from today, my daughter will be starting her first day of her senior year, and my son will be bankrupting my wife and me with college dues. I do not lose connection to my past as a teenager or my kids' future as 9th graders but use the present as an opportunity to create the kind of classroom I wish I had and one that I would want for my own kids. Teaching, like learning, is an endless process, so I'm still working on my craft, but I can confidently say that I know I help kids get better at thinking through text and engaging with the world through writing. I look forward growing with my students again this year. 



Dedication:

 

We will craft expressions of our experiences in writing and become more finely-tuned readers of literature and life.  
It is my privilege to study the world beside you, and I look forward to celebrating your discoveries, experiments, accomplishments, and progress.  

The poem below was Dylan Horn's favorite poem and how my best friend conducted his life.  
I miss his joyful spirit and endeavor to carry it with me every day.

“We are all meant to shine, as children do.

And as we let our own light shine,

We unconsciously give other people 

permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

Our presence automatically liberates others.” 

 Marianne Williams



Dylan is in the red shirt; I'm in the blue Nike shirt.