What’s this newsletter all about?

Hi friends! My name is Christopher Pepper. I grew up in Wisconsin, got a degree in magazine journalism from the University of Missouri, moved to California, and — after writing about health and wellness for several years — started teaching health classes in San Francisco public schools in 2002.

I’m still at it 21 years later.

I love this work.

I’m now a “teacher on special assignment” for my district — I coach new teachers, write curriculum, run professional development sessions, and support educators when they need help.

I also make a weekly newsletter for our health teachers, and regularly hear feedback like this:

I really appreciate these newsletters. I always read them and I get so much good and relevant info from them. Thanks for making them.


What a great newsletter, full of information useful for teachers, school support staff, and mental health professionals.


This newsletter is amazing! Thank you for all the time and effort that's put into creating this and sharing it with our district.

Over time, I’ve started getting requests from educators in places like New York City, Boston, and Chicago, wondering if they can be added to the list. It made me think that maybe there was a need for a newsletter like this beyond our district.

That’s where I got the idea for Teaching Health Today.

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