Schneider ’98, Christopher


Teacher - Grades 5th - 8th Art

Mr. Schneider is a 1998 graduate from St. Mary’s Springs Academy. He has a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Marian University as well as a Masters of Arts in Visual Studies from Cardinal Stritch University. Christopher currently teaches Elementary (PreK – 8) Art and has been in the education field since 2002

His top 5 Clifton Strengths are Empathy, Maximizer, Strategic, Belief, Context. His favorite Bible quote is Philippians 4:13, “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

A bit about Mr. Schneider, “During my free time, I love to spend time with my wife Jennie and three kids Micah, Isaac and Annaleigh. I love to work in my yard and garden, making my own art and wood workings. I enjoy many different sports including football, baseball and basketball. At SMSA, I coach 6-8 Football. I am involved with the following charities: Make-A-Wish, We Believe, Snowdrop Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – MACC Fund and Gamerosity. Teaching at SMSA has been something that I have wanted to do from the time I left SMSA as a senior in the spring of 1998. From the time I set foot in the doors of SMSA as a freshman in high school, I felt at home. It is the place that I grew as a person, academically, spiritually, and artistically, thanks to the amazing teachers that I was so fortunate to have in my time here as a student. It is the place where I found my artistic voice and grew in my artistic talents, thanks to the amazing influence of Pat Reiher! I learned more in my high school classes from Pat, than I did in most, if not all, of my college art classes! From the time I left high school, I felt as if SMSA was calling me back. I taught for 9 ½ years at Ripon Middle School before getting a chance to come back, and it felt like I had never left! SMSA is home! SMSA is family! Each and every day, I get the opportunity to share with my students my passion for art and teach them some of the wonderful things I was so fortunate to have learned at SMSA. I also am so blessed to be able share my faith and help my students grow in their faith. I don’t look at it as a career choice…..I look at it as a calling!”