K-8 Academic Dean, Assistant Head of Upper School, Culture and Identity Teacher
Chris Chun is the K-8 academic dean and an assistant head of upper school. Ms. Chun is also the culture and identity teacher, as well as the advisor for the Asian Student Union and Black Student Union. After receiving her B.A. in English and certification in secondary education at the University of Maryland, she entered the Ph.D. program in English at UC Berkeley and received her M.A. in 2004. She is currently finishing her M.Ed. in educational leadership at the Teachers College, Columbia University. Ms. Chun has also enjoyed instructing young people in ceramics, acrobatics, and aerial arts. Her favorite hobbies include photography, contortion, and rock climbing. Ms. Chun joined the Black Pine Circle School faculty in 2004.
Why I Work with Children
Honestly, I think children have a capacity for creativity and learning that makes them so much more appealing than adults. Children are the ones who are going to make the world a better place, to solve problems we currently find unsolvable, to show compassion and kindness beyond what we thought possible. It is our responsibility to teach and raise them as best we can, to show them how to ask the right questions. They have so much potential and it is humbling to be taught in turn by children–they help me become a better person. Lastly, they are hilarious!
A Favorite Book
Orlando, by Virginia Woolf, was the first work I read that fully explored identity, performativity, gender, sexism, class, power, imperialism, and history. It was not an easy read–Woolf’s language is more poetic than linear and narrative at times–but it was the first novel that blew my mind that wasn’t assigned by a teacher or professor. I discovered it on my own after watching Sally Potter’s film, and was astonished to find that the story was even more compelling on the page, heading boldly into so many topics that have long been intellectually and personally fascinating to me. It is the book I miss teaching the most, even though it was probably the most difficult.