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COEHS alumnus succeeds in teaching and coaching

Originally from Appleton, Chris Stratton, ’07 BSE, never thought that he would be teaching in his own backyard. Currently he is a lecturer for the Human Kinetics and Health Education department and is the head wrestling coach at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

“When I began I was trying to teach with the same methods that I had been taught with. I quickly learned that teaching is about taking all the styles you have been taught and reinventing the wheel to customize your teaching,” Stratton said.

“The most valuable thing I have gained from UWO is the professional experience. I was exposed in real-world experiences right away at UW Oshkosh as an undergrad and it gave me an edge completing my master’s degree and with teaching because I knew what to expect once I entered the classroom.”

Stratton sees himself using the same values and teaching styles in both the classroom and the wrestling room.

“The educators at UW Oshkosh pushed me to think outside the box, especially in my senior year. I learned how to think abstractly and take my education to a deeper level that I was able to apply in clinical, student teaching and practicum,” said Stratton.

In his second year of coaching wresting, Stratton was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year.

“It is an honor because usually the award goes to the WIAC team champions coach, and this year we placed fourth,” Stratton said. “This award is for the staff, student athletes and parents that have been there all season long supporting the team,” said Stratton.

By Carlyn Brown

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