School: Santa Ynez Valley High
District: Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
County: Santa Barbara County
Region: Central California
Grade: High School
Subject: History, Foreign Language
Award Year: 2003
Chris Mullin has been teaching at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School since 1996. Over the past 25 years he has taught both Social Studies and Latin and currently has a full load of European History, American History, American Civics, and Psychology.
Over his teaching career, Chris has been a fellow of and presenter for various Social Studies conferences and conventions, including The California History Social Science Project, The National Council for the Social Studies, The California Council for the Social Studies, and The National Council for History Education.
He has done extensive work for ABC-CLIO History publishers, including the creation of content, and the design of Social Studies classroom activities. He has also been a regular contributor to an online American History video lecture series.
Since 2012, Chris has taught at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He currently teaches courses in Social Studies Methods and Procedures as well as Professional Issues to graduate students earning their master’s in education and clear credentials. It is a wonderful way to impact the next generation of teachers, while at the same time staying current on the changing nature of the public-school classroom.
Professional and family life has been very full and rewarding since Chris was first named a Teacher of the Year in 2003. To this day, that experience still stands out as the most professionally rewarding milestone of his career. As Chris moves closer to retirement, he is eager to volunteer time to this excellent organization.
As energetic as ever, Chris jumped in feet first as the world of education turned to distance and hybrid learning, and he has done his best to provide to an upbeat and exciting presence, despite the digital distancing. Perhaps there is a lot we can take away from this process, once education has returned to normal.