Kris has always enjoyed hard work, being in the outdoors, and has a passion for education and social justice issues. Kris earned his Ph.D. in Science Education from Oregon State University in 2014 and received his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Agricultural Sciences from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. Prior to his graduate studies at OSU, Kris served as a high school agricultural science instructor for nine years. Upon graduating from OSU with his doctorate, Kris served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia and most recently as the Director of STEM for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. As Assistant Director of University Outreach and Engagement, Kris will lead the effort to bring Outdoor School to every Oregon 5th or 6th grader and create a vision to ensure all stakeholders have the support and resources to ensure Outdoor School becomes a reality for every eligible student.