Why Chris is running for office.
Being a politician is not something Chris was aiming to become. He has been working hard as a public educator to educate our youth, improve science literacy to address the needs for climate change, and help the next generation see the wonders of the world around them through science. Unfortunately, Chris continues to see how politics are negatively impacting education and other aspects of our life. While science teachers are still very much needed, Chris sees a need for political change. America needs politicians who know what it is like to be an "average" citizen. We need someone who understands the struggles of working while making less than a living wage. America needs a politician who understands what it means to choose whether or not to go to the doctor because of the hardship of paying a co-pay. Chris will be that politician, the one who works for the people. Chris tries to live his life by a quote inspired by Gandhi "Be the change that you want to see in the world." When Chris sees a problem, he will do all he can to help solve it. Now, Chris is asking you to join him and 'be the change' we need.
Chris was born and raised in Martin County Kentucky primarily by his dad and grandparents. Chris' dad and grandpaw were both coal miners. Yes, "grandpaw" instead of grandpa because that's how Chris says it. Living deep in a holler, Chris spent a lot of his time playing with superhero and Star Wars toys, playing video games, and helping his grandpaw tinker around the house. Chris' grandpaw was also a church deacon, so he spent most Sundays at church with his grandparents, unless his uncle came. Those days were spent watching the Bengals play football on TV.
Chris graduated from Morehead State University (MSU) with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry. After having a hard time finding a good chemistry job close to home, Chris decided to complete a Master's degree in Teaching at MSU. He taught at three high schools in Kentucky, Montgomery County, Elliott County, and Berea Community. Currently, Chis is pursuing a Ph.D. in STEM Education at the University of Kentucky. When teaching, Chris focuses on getting students curious about learning and the world they live in. He works hard to reach learners in new and varied ways, like through his science comics. Chris has published several comics and started a Non-profit organization called S.T.E.M. Curiosity, to continue to foster science literacy and student engagement. Chris spends his down time with his wife, RuWen, and dog, Gouyang. He also enjoys hiking, reading comics, watching shows, and playing board games with family and friends.
Meet Gouyang, my canine who is always ready to chase a cat, or give sad eyes to get food. (I may have encouraged that last one.)