Chris Kuszmaul has taught close to two dozen topics from Aikido to Computer Science to Creative writing in contexts from MIT, to Palo Alto High School to Tblisi State University for students ranging from elementary to undergraduates to NASA scientists. He was the first high school teacher of the Stanford Logic Curriculum, invented the data structure known as a Shadow Heap and holds a 6th degree black belt in Aikido. He retired from his position as a Senior Research Scientist at NASA to join a second (then third and fourth) startup. He re-retired into teaching and public service where he has functioned as the president of: Mountain View Kiwanis, The Slater PTA, and the Computer Science Teachers Association of Silicon Valley.
Chris lives in Mountain View with his wife, Dr. Tracy King . They have two grown children — Jane is a farmer in Colorado and James is a robotics engineer in Mountain View. In his spare time Chris enjoys walks, tea, and announcing robotics matches at FIRST competitions.
Chris teaches with the primary goal of knowing his students and adjusting to their needs: He combines project based and group work with the opportunity to work independently or to follow a tightly defined curriculum. Chris believes the best results happen when students grapple with complex challenges.