Christopher Poulos, Connecticut’s 2007 Teacher of the Year, currently teaches Spanish and serves as Instructional Leader for the Humanities at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and works as an adjunct professor at Fairfield University. Chris previously served for two years in a hybrid role, splitting his time between teaching in his district and working alongside policymakers as a Teacher Leader-in-Residence at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He currently serves as Board Chair of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year and Immediate Past President of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council. In 2016, Chris earned a Fund for Teachers Fellowship grant to attend a leadership development seminar in Spain. Previously, he was a Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow and a member of the inaugural Teacher-Leader Fellowship hosted by the Aspen Institute. Poulos holds a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut, a Masters degree in Spanish Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond.