Chris Lorrain

History Teacher
Francophile, ‘Ruggedly Handsome’, The Great American songbook ardent fan

This week’s #FacultyFriday is a teacher who has touched generations of Field students. History Teacher Chris Lorrain is celebrating 41 years at Field. You would be hard pressed to find an alum who doesn’t have a Chris story to share!  His commitment to supporting students through their time at Field and beyond is unparalleled. Chris grew up in D.C. and attended Woodrow Wilson High School. He also attended Hobart & William Smith Colleges and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Keep reading to find out the career path Chris almost took after graduating from college.


Where did you grow up?
Washington, D.C.

What is your alma mater?
Woodrow Wilson High School (DC), Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Harvard Graduate School of Education

What is your favorite book or podcast?
Just about anything historical, Erik Larson’s work in particular. 

What is something that people at The Field School might not know about you?
I came very close to enlisting in the Navy after college. 

What hobbies do you have outside of The Field School?
Cooking, travel, tinkering around the house, hosting dinner guests with my spouse. 

What was the first concert you ever attended?
Elton John - The Yellow Brick Road Tour (1973-74)

Who inspires you and why?
My students - always! Their love of learning, appreciation of the challenges that come with true learning, and their generosity of heart always has me coming to Field energized and eager.

If you could share one piece of advice with your younger self, what would it be?
The difficult - do now; the impossible takes a little time.

What do you love most about working at The Field School?
The collegiality, the smiles on students' faces as they move about the school, that people here make a point of making acquaintances with others they have no formal relationship to.
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