Kristopher Elliott


Director and Program Leader, Outdoor School

Outdoor Education

Expertise: Community Science , Environmental Education (PreK-12) , Youth Education Resources

Programs: Outdoor School

Links: Learn More About Outdoor School


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 served as the Director of STEM for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. As Outdoor School Program Leader, Kris leads the effort to bring Outdoor School to every Oregon 5th or 6th grader, working toward a shared vision to ensure all stakeholders have the support and resources to ensure a high quality, equitable Outdoor School experience becomes a reality for every eligible student. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Finder Coach, Kris helps individuals, teams, and organizations approach their work through positive psychology. Kris is an expert facilitator and works with educators and youth across the nation on educational design and engaging teaching and learning strategies, particularly in outdoor and science education, career and technical education, and leadership.

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