Chris Widmaier teaches senior-level science in the same Rochester school district he attended as a student. At World of Inquiry School #58, he uses science instruction to empower his students, emphasizing the links between math, science and social justice. His students learn not only how STEM fields have been used to perpetuate injustice, but also how science can be used to create a better world.
Widmaier holds multiple leadership roles at his school and is a founding member of the Rochester Regional Teacher Empowerment Network. Acting on his firm belief that "the purpose of education is to create communities based on peace, prosperity and inclusion," he uses responsive teaching and Expeditionary Learning to guide his students in accomplishing these goals and to "give them opportunities to push others to do the same." He received the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016.
An advocate of outdoor learning, Widmaier has taken hundreds of students out of the classroom and into their communities and even to a Canadian national park as part of his instruction. He also founded and coaches a school swim team that has been recognized not only for athletic excellence but also for inclusion and sportspersonship.