Chris Vanjonack

Chris Vanjonack's picture
Directory Information
Job Role: 
Phone Number: 
Room Number: 
About Me
Office Hours: 

Wednesday: 8:30 - 11:30 by appointment

Thursday: 2:00 - 3:00

Educational Background: 

Bachelor's degree in English Education and Creative Writing from Colorado State University

Why I enjoy teaching: 

I love having the opportunity to work with the students and staff at PGA. This is such an enriching job, and as an English nerd, it's hard to beat getting to talk about books, poems and novels all day. The students are what really make the job, though. Their ideas, energy and enthusiasm always get me pumped for each new school day.

Favorite Books: 

I could spend all day answering this question, but in quick list form, here are the five that have been on my mind lately:

1. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

2. Spaceman Blues by Brian Francis Slattery

3. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russel

4. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

5. Tenth of December by George Saunders

Interests & Hobbies: 

It won't come as a shock that an English teacher spends a great deal of his free time reading and writing, but I also enjoy riding my bike around town, hiking, going to concerts, feeding my cat, binge-watching television and drinking a good cup of coffee.

What I love about my school: 

The positive culture and community is absolutely the best thing about PGA. It's such a happy place, and I can't imagine teaching anywhere else.

Favorite Quote: 

"If this isn't nice, I don't know what is." - Kurt Vonnegut

(It's possible this quote is also tattooed on my forearm).

My Classroom
Courses Taught: 

6th grade language arts, 7th grade language arts, 8th grade language arts, 7th/8th grade W.I.N. Lit, Freshman Advisory, English 1 and Grammar & Comp.

MS and HS Language Arts Teacher