Beyond the classroom, Christopher Brooks has received many accolades for his work in the academic fields of ethics, philosophy and leadership education. In 2003, Brooks was awarded the Humanities Teacher of the Year award in the state of New Hampshire as well as a New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award through the NH Humanities Council. In 2006, Brooks was a recipient of a New Hampshire State Humanities Grant to further citizenry and education throughout New Hampshire. Part of this initiative was to begin to train teachers and other professionals in New Hampshire to integrate philosophy and specifically ethics, into their workplace in order to strengthen citizenry and community bonds throughout the state. During this time, Brooks helped to found the Souhegan Ethics Forum at Souhegan High School, a senior student group who work on community and statewide initiatives that enhance philosophy, ethics and leadership opportunities for high school students. This group has raised and donated thousands of dollars to non-profit agencies and organizations as well as mentored students both in and out of the SAU #39. Seven years ago, Brooks in conjunction with his students at Souhegan, founded a new philosophy association for high school students called HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts), offering students from all over the state of New Hampshire, the opportunity to participate in an annual statewide educational conference held at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. As a result of this work, the Souhegan Ethics Forum Leadership Team won a major renewable grant through the University of New Hampshire, Durham to continue the development and expansion of HYPE that continues today. The Forum was also acknowledged by the NH University System as an instrumental leadership group, having had a significant impact on the educational culture of the state. In recognition of this achievement, Souhegan High School, the Ethics Forum and Brooks were awarded the 2014 New Hampshire Granite State Award. This past fall, Brooks and the Souhegan Ethics Forum was honored with a national grant in conjunction with the New Hampshire Humanities through the Pulitzer Arts Foundation to continue work on developing new philosophy educational opportunities for New Hampshire’s high school students. This work will culminate in a documentary that will be produced by summer of 2016 highlighting the work of Brooks and the Souhegan Ethics Forum Leadership Team. This past year, Brooks was additionally honored by the NH Humanities Council as one of the Top Forty Humanities Heroes in the State of New Hampshire Over the Last Forty Years as well as the University of New Hampshire’s Innovations Division for his work in the field of philosophy and ethics education. Brooks resides in Nashua, NH with his wife, two children and his yellow Labrador Retriever Wally.