Faculty Bio - Christopher DreesonChristopher Dreeson, whose teaching career spans more than three decades, is currently on the faculty of Miami Beach Senior High School. Normally, he serves a dual role teaching junior and senior Honors English classes as well as a self-created elective, Critical Thinking, which is designed to prepare students for ACT and SAT testing as well as investigating suitable colleges, applying for various available scholarships, and fine-tuning collegiate resumes and applications. For the 2019-2020 academic year, he is teaching Critical Thinking full time. In the previous eight years, Mr. Dreeson conducted the Beach High String Ensemble, "Seraphic Strings", but now the Ensemble has been absorbed into the band instructor's responsibilities. In 2016, Mr. Dreeson was recognized as Miami Beach Senior High's "Teacher of the Year" and subsequently won the Elayne Weisburd Excellence in Education Award given by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce recognizing the most outstanding teacher district-wide. Mr. Dreeson earned a Bachelor of Music degree with a significant minor in Interpretation of Literature from Northwestern University in 1983 and subsequently earned a Master of Science degree in English Education from Nova Southeastern University in 1992.Most recently, Mr. Dreeson was a guest faculty member for a program sponsored by Columbia and Washington University called Social Documentary. The program was taught on the Yakima Indian Reservation at Heritage University in Toppanish, WA. The focus of the program enabled high school seniors, most of them sons and daughters of immigrant farm workers, to work on creative projects designed to document both local and national issues of interest. Mr. Dreeson has also been an academic director and elective leader for the Great Books Summer Program at Stanford University and Amherst College for the past decade (http://www.greatbookssummer.com). He has served as a Language Arts department chairperson for both Miami Beach Senior High and Ransom Everglades School. He has also taught Advanced Placement English Language and Composition at both Miami Beach and Miami Palmetto Senior High Schools. At Miami-Dade College, Mr. Dreeson has taught freshmen composition and was invited as a guest lecturer in Interpretation and Performance of Literature for the Governor's Program. In a coaching capacity, Mr. Dreeson was both an assistant speech and debate coach and the junior varsity girls' basketball coach at Miami Beach Senior High. At Ransom Everglades School, Mr. Dreeson coached girls' softball, boy's baseball, varsity golf, and served as a defensive coordinator for the middle school football program. For the last thirty years, Mr. Dreeson has publicly and privately tutored hundreds of students for both the ACT and SAT (http://www.bestsatprep.org).In the realm of music, Mr. Dreeson served as music director for twenty years at St. Augustine Church in Coral Gables and St. Thomas the Apostle Church in South Miami. During this time, he also managed and performed in a local cover band called "Alias" for almost a decade. Mr. Dreeson was also the principal bass player for the Cornerstone Rhythm section at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church. Currently, he sings tenor in a local jazz quintet called "The Decotones" (http://www.thedecotones.com) and is also a Worship and Praise leader at Kendall Presbyterian Church serving as a song leader, guitarist, pianist, and bassist. Mr. Dreeson has also appeared with Mark Fernicola's big band ("The Last Flight Out Orchestra") singing Sinatra standards and has played several leading roles in both community and professional theatrical productions including Brick in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, the Black Stache in Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher, Ernst Janning in Abby Mann's Judgment at Nuremberg, Jack Lawson in David Mamet's Race, and one of America's greatest playwrights, Tennessee Williams, in the Carbonell-Recommended one-man show Confessions of a Nightingale at Empire Stage in Ft. Lauderdale.Mr. Dreeson has been married for over thirty years to his lovely wife, Lynne, who has taught ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance in Miami for more than twenty years. His daughter, Elizabeth, is a Cum Laude graduate from Syracuse University who currently works as a Communications Associate with the San Francisco Symphony. A professional baseball writer since the age of sixteen, Elizabeth has ambitions to be a screenwriter, a producer, and a director. His son, Paul, a recent Dean's List graduate from Miami-Dade College, continues his academic career at the University of Leuven in Belgium in their philosophy department. An accomplished guitarist specializing in classical interpretations of early Renaissance and Classical composers, Paul has dreams of becoming an Ethics Professor of Philosophy in a college or university with a rural setting.
Last Modified on March 18, 2020