Teaching with a Social Justice Focus: Christopher Hoeh ’94MS

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Christopher Hoeh ’94MS says Wheelock’s mission to improve the lives of children and families really spoke to him as an educator and as a citizen. “I think of teaching as interacting with future leaders,” says Hoeh, who graduated from Wheelock’s Elementary Education master’s degree program. “I believe teachers need to be involved in the school community and the wider community because all of those things impact the students.”


“I think of teaching as interacting with future leaders.”


Hoeh says it is important to incorporate social justice history into grammar school education, focusing in on the times when people were able to succeed and overcome a discrimination or an injustice. “That is incredibly powerful for all of the children, to see how they can rise up and that people are involved in making that change and it’s not just something they see on TV but rather it’s their teacher and their neighbors,” he says.

In the Classroom and on the Soccer Field

Hoeh has coached youth soccer for 10 years in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, using fun games to teach children new skills. He says soccer coaching also ties in neatly with his social justice work. “A lot of the social justice work I do is about trying to change things that aren’t going well,” he says. “When soccer is occurring the way that usually happens with young kids, that is the world that I would want. It’s bringing kids all together from all around different neighborhoods so they get to make connections with other children they wouldn’t ordinarily connect with.”

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  1. We need more teachers like Christopher. You are doing a great job, keep it up!