So we begin...

Welcome to the very first blog post for Curtis STEM. I guess this will be an introduction of sorts to who I am and what I do, as well as what I will be posting. My name is Christopher Petriccione and I have been the Machining Pathways instructor for 5 years at Curtis Middle School in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. Previously, I taught 7th grade science for 5 years. In addition to teaching the machining pathways, I am a first-year demonstration teacher, the yearbook advisor, the outreach advisor, and the elective department chair for Curtis Middle School.   I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a BS in Biology and a single subject teaching credential in Biology.   I also received my Master of Education in Administration from the University of Phoenix.   In 2018, I was selected as a finalist for the California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year and was selected as the Science Teacher of the Year by the California Science and Engineering Fair.  

Having taught in the San Bernardino City Unified School District for 10 years, I have found my true calling with developing leadership skills and instilling hope in the kids of San Bernardino.   The potential to have such a positive impact on the lives of so many students who need it drives me to teach with a high level of passion every day.   As a teacher, I create innovative and engaging learning opportunities to allow students to practice creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, technology, and leadership in real-world settings that are applicable to their interests and future careers.  

I guess that leads to what I will be posting about. My goal is that this blog will bring my unconventional classroom to the outside world, in the hopes that maybe the readers of this blog will find something useful. What this blog is not is advertising to any sort of paid curriculum or lesson plans, as I truly believe that true collaboration should be free. I aim to post once a week, but than can vary. I will post things that are occurring in the classroom, innovative ideas, and maybe even a few rants on educational theory. If you find this blog useful and would like to see my classroom in action, simply click the “comment” tab at to schedule a visit. If you have a topic that you would like me to address or discuss on the blog, drop me an email at

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