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Dekalb Early College Academy

Dekalb County Schools

Teacher of the Year

DECA's 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year: Coach Christopher Issac

Christopher Issac, better known as Coach Issac, was born to Mr. Wade Lee Issac and Mrs. Gennie Lucia Issac on December 15th in Miami, Florida. He is from a large, close-knit family of five boys and four girls. At an early age, he was involved in wrestling and football. While attending Miami Carol City High School, Issac excelled in athletics and was captain of the football and wrestling team. He led his nationally ranked football team to a state championship playoff. With much success in football, he earned a scholarship to the University of Florida. In 1993, he transferred to Alabama State University and continued his collegiate football career. Inspired by his high school football coach, he decided to major in health and physical education to become a teacher. Exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle have always been important to him.                                       
In 1996, he decided to join a local boxing gym not knowing that it would eventually lead to a national ranking of 5th in the super heavyweight division. He was also decorated with three state gold medals and three national bronze medals during his amateur career. Shortly after graduating college, he signed a four-year professional contract and went on to have a successful boxing career traveling throughout the United States and Europe.  After retiring from boxing, Issac relocated to metro Atlanta and started his career as a Health and Physical Educator. He’s been teaching for over 20 years. In 2010 Issac was voted Teacher of the Year at DeKalb Transition Academy. In 2022-2023, Issac was voted Teacher of the Year once again at DeKalb Early College Academy which was an awesome achievement.
His greatest contributions and accomplishments in education are not the certificates on his wall nor the honors and recognitions he has received from his peers, but the success that he achieves with his students. His true reward comes from his students’ accomplishments.  In Coach Issac’s classes, accomplishments are not just the "mastery" of a skill or an "A" on an assignment. Accomplishments are the times when he hears his students using what he has taught them for personal enrichment. Often, he sees in his students’ eyes the look of true compassion and understanding of the importance of being physically active and learning about health.