Elementary Physical Education Teacher.
Chris grew up in nearby Islip Terrace and attended East Islip High School. He received a wrestling scholarship to the University of New Hampshire where he graduated with B.A. degrees in Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology.
After 10 years working in physical therapy, Chris decided he wanted to be a physical education teacher like one of the most influential people in his life, his junior high school physical education teacher and wrestling coach – Mr. Rocky Gilmore. Chris attended Hofstra University for a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and was soon after hired in the West Babylon School District as a physical education teacher and as the district’s athletic trainer. At the same time, as a nationally ranked judo black belt, he volunteered to teach children’s judo classes. He enjoyed 13 years as WB’s district athletic trainer working on the sidelines with West Babylon’s fine student athletes. Chris decided to resign from athletic training in 2014 in order to coach his children. As a physical education teacher at JFK Elementary, Chris has been awarded the Founders Day Award twice.
In 2013, with the approval of the West Babylon School Board, Chris started the Eagle Sports and Recreation Camp. The camp was designed to provide the elementary students of West Babylon an opportunity to participate in sports, arts and crafts, dance and a variety of other activities in a less competitive atmosphere with children from other West Babylon Elementary Schools. The camp has employed dozens of West Babylon’s finest juniors and seniors as well as dozens of younger volunteers. The camp has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and now has over 100 attendees per week and continues to grow. Each year, the Eagle Sports and Recreation Camp gives back to West Babylon in the form of scholarships for graduating seniors. To date, the camp has given over $15,000 to our college bound students.
Chris enjoys life in Islip with his wife Jillian and their 3 children – Collin, Jenna and Julia.