Faculty with Perspective: Our international faculty share their experience in other parts of the world and how they have been able to interact with students at Farragut. Most importantly, they reveal how much value the international connection adds to Farragut’s identity.
Meet Mr. Christopher
Upper School Geometry and Calculus Teacher
Mr. Christopher has lived outside the United States for more than half of his life – Mexico, Thailand, Laos, and Canada. In addition, he spent time in every continent except Africa and South America. Throughout his global experience, he was able to develop a file cabinet of languages to choose from when interacting with students who either currently attend or could attend Farragut such as French, German, Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, Russian, and Chinese. While his survival training for his job as a Communications Expert during the Vietnam War was beyond the definition of intense, his six hours of language school a day when he was in his twenties prepared him to assimilate in virtually any culture.
“The students appreciate the fact I can interact with them in a friendly nature in their native language,” Mr. Christopher said. “Kids need somebody who can meet them on their level. Books provide a certain education, but experience creates lifetime memories and a certain foundation much different from books. There’s a lot happening outside the confines of Farragut.”