Chris Terrill

Chris Terrill

Chris Terrill grew up in Kansas but Memphis is home.

Chris has served as an educator for 29 years. First as a classroom teacher and coach and then as a school administrator and school founder. Chris has led three successful school start-ups and provided start-up consultation services for two additional schools. In his current role as Executive Director at Crosstown High, Chris has developed an innovative, diverse by design, project based school that was recently recognized by Tom VanderArk, writing for Forbes magazine as “One of the most innovative High Schools in America”.

He has been a featured presenter at national and international conferences, including SXSW EDU, North American Day, Emerson Collective:Demo Day, The Carnegie Foundation, The National Charter School Conference, ASU+GSU, and Aurora.

Chris is married to Keena Eyster-Terrill and has 4 incredible daughters, Ellana, Elise, Evi, and Emma. When he is not reinventing school, Chris is enjoys cooking, sports memorabilia and travel.

I will travel from the Amazon to the Outback and all places in between.
I will dive deep into student, parent, and community perspectives examining the purpose of school and life.

In total, the trip will cover 20 countries on six continents. The school list was carefully curated by some incredible individuals including Sam Chaltain, Judy McKoy, Jey Ratnagopal, Tom VanderArk, Jeanette LaFors, Nathan Strenge, and David Weinberg. If there is a school that you are interested in me visiting, don’t hesitate to reach out. If I am “in the neighborhood” and can make it work, I would be happy to make it happen.

In broad terms, the trip will be divided into 4 segments. Check in for updates from Central and South America throughout September and October. November and December will include travels across the continent of Africa. The journey continues in January, February and March in Asia and Australia. In April, May, and June, I will spend time in the Middle East and Europe, ending in Finland, which is widely regarded as the best educational system on the planet

before departure


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