Meet Chrissy Wakeling: Shaping Minds in the Humanities

Can you speak a little bit about your education and teaching background?
I come from a background in Sociology and Anthropology and have been teaching middle and upper school students for 15 years across a wide range of subjects. Most recently, I was with The Overlake School in the Experiential Education department. Prior to that, I taught at Puget Sound Community School, where I created and taught courses in Sociology, World History, US History, Race and Ethnicity, Gender Paradigms, Social Class and Power, and Environmental Sociology to 6th-12th graders.

How did you get into teaching Humanities, and why do you believe it's important?
I've always been drawn to the Humanities because it delves into how we perceive the world, others, and encourages critical thinking. I firmly believe that the Humanities nurtures creativity, depth, and a better understanding of the world around us.

What lessons are you currently teaching?
We're currently in the midst of a captivating creation story project. The students are concluding their world creation stories and will soon transition to writing creation poems, followed by creating artistic representations of their creation stories. In a few weeks, students will share their final projects with their peers.

What do you hope to instill in the students once the class concludes?
I aspire to see students emerge with a deeper understanding of themselves, both in terms of identity and self-expression. I want them to acquire the skills needed for success and the ability to advocate for their own needs. I hope students will leave with an appreciation and understanding of their strength and power in community and to use that power for good and to effect change!  

Can you speak a bit on your teaching philosophy?
I strive to provide a variety of learning experiences to engage with the material and prioritize underrepresented voices and stories. I differentiate my teaching to ensure all learners feel valued and recognized. I place great value on meaningful feedback that encourages understanding, curiosity, and personal growth.
Located in the Central District, Seattle Girls' School is an independent school for girls and gender nonconforming students in grades 5-8. Our mission is to inspire and develop courageous leaders who think independently, work collaboratively, learn joyfully, and champion change.