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In Loving Memory of Christopher Tully

We want to remember Christopher Tully as we all knew him – a father, a son, a brother, an amazing educator, wonderful friend, and mentor. Please post your stories in the comments below. Images and videos are welcome. If there’s issues posting to a comment, I will put them below in this page – but please email the images or video links to helpfindtully@gmail.com.

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To Sarah Michelle for making this amazing and heartfelt tribute for the MMT class at MBIT. Thank you!

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  1. My name is Ron Glinski, and I met Chris in approximately 1988 or ’89 at DPUSA. I used to go down with a group of guys from Staten Island. They went regularly. I did not. During taping, I was always in the background(which Chris would always bug me about), not caring whether or not I was on camera. In between taping, and during lunch breaks, some of us would battle, or just start a circle for fun. The first time I went into a circle with everyone there, Chris and I hit it off. We started talking afterward, exchanged numbers, and became friends. Every time I went down, I would show him some things that were going on in NY as far as dance, clothing, and music. He would absorb everything, and I would only have to show him things once. Eventually, I stopped going, but he and I remained in contact periodically.

    One time, a few years after I had stopped going to the show, I drove down to Philly for a Phillies game with my brother and a friend. As we’re driving down Broad St. in S. Philly, I see Chris in the back of what I believe was a fruit truck- I forget, but maybe he was working at a fruit stand on Broad St. when he was younger? I drove around the block, and passed the truck again, and this time, yelled out to him. He disappeared to the back of the truck. I drove around again, and got out of the car. I called to the back of the truck, and he very hesitantly came toward me. Now, he and I hadn’t seen each other in two or three years, but had spoken on the phone. I literally had to remind him of who I was! We laughed, because we had spoken on the phone fairly often. He actually thought I was someone who he had issues with from his school. He asked me to drive him home, which was literally a block or two away, and we talked for awhile before he got out of the car, and went our separate ways. When I got home that night, I had a message from him on my answering machine, just laughing about what happened earlier.

    When we were younger, and Chris wore a “tail” in the back of his hair, I used to tease him that “tails have been played out in NY since the early ’80’s, so get rid of that ridiculous thing!” He used to argue back that “we’re in Philly now, Ron!” On the rare occasions I saw him, I would always joke with him “Did you get rid of that ridiculous tail yet?”

    The next time I saw him was maybe 6 or 7 years later, he came up behind me this time, and I was the one who didn’t recognize him! But it was great to see him. I was at a restaurant in S. Philly, sitting at the bar. He was at a table with some people. He noticed me, and came up behind me. We hadn’t spoken on the phone in probably two or three years at that point, but it was like we had spoken every day. But then again, that was Chris(and by the way, first thing I said to him was “Did you get rid of that ridiculous tail yet?). We’d talk every so often after that, and probably hadn’t spoken in three years, other than every so often on Facebook.

    Now, I’m not going to claim to have been very close friends with Chris. But we were friends. Definitely more than acquaintances. I feel I knew him well enough, at least going back, to say that everything about him was genuine. It was real. I think sometimes when we say someone is “a nice person,” it’s taken as a bland, or neutral comment. I disagree. Sometimes, it’s the greatest comment you can give. And when I think of Chris, some of his best qualities are the simple ones. They came out in his dance when we were younger. It brought millions of teenagers across the country joy for many years. And while he danced for no one but himself(as any competitive dance does-and he loved to battle), it had to give HIM great joy knowing how much it impacted people- because he enjoyed making people happy. One thing I got from him at times was that he was a “people pleaser.”

    As shown by the amount of people who were lucky enough to attend the services these past few days, Chris pleased a lot of people. He earned the respects paid to him by the thousands who stood on S. Broad in frgid temps to say “so long.” How did he do so? It’s easy to say that it was because of his creativity, his teaching ability, the friendship he offered to so many. There are many reasons. But there’s ONE underlying reason- Chris was a NICE PERSON.

    It’s taken me days to write this, as I seemed to not be able to put this whole thing in perspective, even from afar. I am not certain that my words do my feelings and memories of him justice. But I am thankful for him, for getting to know him better through everyone elses memories, and Eddies stories and pictures, and thankful that this forum has been opened up to share and pay tribute to him.

    So long, Chris, and thank you. Rest peacefully.

  2. I’ve started and deleted typing this message several times over the past few days. Every time I finished, I just could not submit it because hitting that “post comment” button felt like saying goodbye, and I wasn’t ready to do that.

    Today I went to the visitation service for Chris. The amount of people there was s amazing. This was obviously a man whose lives Chris was part of was incredible to see.

    In 2007, I left an industry that I was burnt out on, and took a job as an assistant at my old tech school, Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. I was lucky enough to be placed as the assistant in Chris’s classroom. Chris demanded nothing but their best efforts, from his students, but he also supported them, listened to them, and motivated them more than any teacher I had seen before.
    He made time for each and every student to walk through his door.

    I think it was the opportunity to work with him that secured my idea that I wanted to become a teacher. I loved watching Chris run a classroom, he made his students laugh, he made them think, he made them discover talents of their own that even they didn’t know existed.

    While I worked my way through school to earn a teaching degree over the next few years, I would at times tell Chris about the intense education theories I was learning, and how I wasn’t sure they actually applied to a real classroom. Chris would be able to break things down into simple terms, tell me how they were used and even provide me examples of what he did in the classroom.
    Over those 2 years I worked for him, it was like having a college advisor on demand at times. That was Chris, he always had time as long as it resulted in the person he helped making the most of the time themselves.

    In the years after I left MBIT to start my own teaching career, I lost touch with Chris, as often times happens as we move between different stages of our careers. Occasionally, in my own classroom I would have questions about how to present a new lesson, and I would shoot an email to Chris an email. He would always get back to me that same day, often his responses would be a page long and full of ideas.

    In the summers, I would occasionally run into Chris at a Phillies game. He always made me laugh. He would tell me about all the successful students in his program at MBIT, and the new things he was working on. He would catch me up with the successes and achievements of the students that were in his class at the time I worked with him. It was at those times Chris seemed the most proud.

    In some of my higher education classes, I’ve heard professors state that with great teachers, their legacies are often the lives that person inspires. I think it is obvious that Chris inspired many including colleagues, and students. Many people learned from him. I know I did. Chris was an exceptional teacher; one of the best. I’m glad I had that opportunity to work alongside him.
    This is a man who for a long time to come will be remembered.

    So I choose not to say goodbye, just thank you.
    Thanks Mr. Chris Tully for being who you were, a genuine, and inspiring person who always made anyone he came in contact with strive to be the best that they could be.

    It was a pleasure knowing and working with you.

    -Jake Nisenfeld

  3. I am the Mother of a former student of Mr. Tully. My son was in Mr. Tully’s class every day for 3 years until he graduated from MBIT. I cannot express how grateful I am to Mr. Tully for the years my son spent with him. My son did not always have it easy at school or at home. In Mr. Tully’s class he found a place worth going, a teacher who genuinely cared, a mentor, and a friend. We all have concerns and worry about our children. We all also thank God when a person like Mr. Tully comes into their life. I knew that Mr. Tully genuinely cared about my son. He gave him special assignments that were perfect for my son both academically and socially. I have met and spoken with Mr. Tully several times and always liked and respected him. However, I feel I knew him much better than that because of all the wonderful stories my son would tell me about him. As anyone with teens knows this is not so usual a teen talking about their teacher with such admiration, respect, and quite frankly joy. I remember as soon as my son and I met Mr. Tully at a MBIT open house we knew immediately that this was the teacher and program for him. Mr. Tully was just an exceptional person. To all who knew him I’m so very sorry for your great lose.
    Grateful Mom

  4. I didn’t know Chris personally, I was one of his Dance Party USA fans. I remember having the biggest crush on him, and I had to go on the show and see him. So I lied about my age got the tickets and went of the show. Of course I did not even talk to Chris but being in the same room was enough for me. When I seen on Facebook he was missing it brought be back to Dance Party USA days and him being my crush. I shared every post on Facebook, I prayed for a safe return, and I also learned that Chris grew up to be an amazing person. I have read many comments from students and teachers whose lives he touched, I seen videos of the talent he has. My heart broke when I seen the post that they had found Chris, it felt like I lost a little piece of my childhood! My prayers are with his entire family! R.I.P Chris I hope your dancing on the highest cloud!

  5. via email
    Dear Marie, Ed, Eddie and family

    there are no words that can change this tragedy, I don’t even know the pain for each of you, I know it’s deeps and a great lost to all… I send my deepest symphony and prayers.

    Christopher will always be remembered for his beautiful smile, whit, intelligence, boldness, sweet voice, talent and commitment to being and doing the right thing and excelling when ever he could.

    We have to wonder how someone so special can be so troubled. Will never know but we’ll remember, things and people aren’t always as they appear!

    Christopher will be remembered and missed by many,

    May Christopher find his peace in heaven.

    sending love, heart to heart!

    peace be with you all!

    — Darlene Mea

  6. via email
    Christopher Tully was my teacher at MBIT. I never thought a teacher could make a huge impact on you until I met Mr. Tully. He was a friend, mentor and forever role a model. He taught me so many things in those three short hours five days a week. He made me become confident in myself. Before coming to his program I was a shy girl and was scared to do anything. I didn’t believe in myself. Mr. Tully helped me break out of that shell. He was the teacher who would listen to you and try to help you no matter what the case was. He provided me and so many other students with so many opportunities, he helped me learn and grow as a person. He went out of his way to for his students. He was the first teacher I know of to go so out of their way to help students. He wanted his students to succeed. He believed in every student he had. This, helped me to start believing in myself. You knew how much he cared about his students. Whenever he talked about his 3 boys in class you could tell how much he loved them. It would be impossible to pick a favorite memory with him. But, I everything he taught me in the Multimedia program will be something I will carry with me forever. I will never forget all the skills he taught me. I will never forget the laughs he gave me. I will never forget his stories. I will never forget all his learning lessons. I will never forget how much he went out of his way for us. I will never forget the conversations we had. I will never forget how he believed in me. He will forever be my role model. He has done so much for me and I will continue to thank him every day for this. I will miss you so much. We’ll miss you so much.

    — Maura Finegan

  7. via email
    My name is Thomas Cabano. I was a student in Chris Tully’s class in 2007 and 2008. He always made the class fun and enjoyable, all the while still having us learn. Instead of boring lectures, we had hands on training and there was never a dull moment in the classroom. Even when it was quiet in the room, Chris would always say something funny that made us all laugh. Chris Tully is also the one who inspired me to go to college and pursue my dream in film production.

  8. via email
    My name is Rebecca Lake i never had mr. Tully but i know many people that did have him. He was a great teacher and cared for students he didnt even have. He was at every school event and when we had open house a couple of days after he went missing it was very hard to do it without him. He was always the guy saying “we can get through this or lets get this done”. He was such a great guy and he will be missed majorly at MBIT.

    — Rebecca Lake

  9. via email
    I knew Chris as a teacher to my son. I will never forget the first Back to School Night at MBIT. My husband and I heard about how great Chris was in the classroom and how inspirational he was, but we didn’t expect what we felt that night. Chris had a magnetic personality and exuded enthusiasm. He gave us goosebumps. I remember being so excited for my son and the other students in the class because I knew their lives were about to change forever. As the year progressed, we saw the transformation of our son due to Chris’ influence. We also had the opportunity to experience a wonderful video created by one of Chris’ students with autism. The video was touching and well done thanks to Chris. The overwhelming message from the students was that they wanted to do their best and they would always encourage each other to be the best they can be.

    I had the pleasure of having conversations with Chris when I saw him at Centennial where he would assist his students with filming the school board meetings. He never ceased to amaze me. He was the kind of person who motivated others to be their best. He made quite an impression.

    My son graduated almost three years ago but fortunately ran into Chris quite a few times while he was working at an Apple retailer. They had great conversations and I know now that my son will always treasure the time Chris spent with him.

    I know I will never forget Chris and will keep his family and students in my prayers. The loss is so great.

    Take care,
    Colleen Ruch

  10. via email
    During my graduating year in 2006 at MBIT Mr. Tully’s multi media class was working with our cosmetology class on helping us create video portfolios. A small group of us spent many weeks with him and his students on this project. As the year progressed I found myself spending more time in his classroom. His constant words of encouragement as I was preparing myself for MBITs graduation speech that year was very inspirational. Mr. Tully was always full of encouragement and always had a constant smile on his face in the halls. After I graduated I came back as an adult to study for my cosmetology teachers license and eventually became a substitute teacher at MBIT. For the past 8 years Mr. Tully and I would see each other in the office, hallways, classrooms, banquets and lunch( whenever I would sub). He always remembered who I was as a student and constantly told me how proud he was that I have come so far. He always took such a deep interest in all the students he knew and inspired us to never give up, that one day we would reach our dreams. I have taken many different career paths in the past 8 years and each time I subbed at MBIT he would laugh and ask what I was up to now; knowing it probably wasn’t the same as the last time I was in. About 2.5 years ago I saw him in the office and laughed as I told him “ I finally have a big-girl job!” Mr. Tully knew I always wanted to be a full-time cosmetology teacher at a Tech school and although that wasn’t the job I was talking about he shared the excitement with me. He still reminded me to never give up on the end goal and to continue to work hard. Although I wasn’t one of Mr. Tully’s students he always told us that he believed in us. He knew that we didn’t all believe in ourselves so his belief and positivity throughout the years is something that I will always cherish. I have been lucky enough to have so many great teachers at MBIT, including Mr.Tully, that is something that is unfortunately rare to find in instructors.

    I just saw the heartbreaking update on the news tonight and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. There are so many great and positive stories from many other students and colleagues about Mr. Tully and hope these interactions help in knowing that he was such a great person in school. If there is anything I can do I would be more than happy to help any way possible.

    My sincere condolences,

    Heather Post

  11. via email
    I didn’t know you that well Tully. But the few moments we connected – have always stayed with with me. In AZ at the Apple Conf – you were so damn generous. You gave with all of your soul. I learned so much from you and am so thankful. My heart goes out to your family. Let your wife and children know you taught us how to teach. And to inspire others.

    — Jonathan Furst

  12. via email

    Picture it. Summer 1989. Cable TV but not a whole lot of channels like today. No internet, no cell phones. A 14 year old girl in Central NJ is in her last summer before high school. Babysitting every day but home by 5. One day she finds a show on USA network. Something she’s seen before, but on a different cable station and then, called Dancin’ on Air. Last time the kids seemed much older than her but now, somehow, they seem to be the same age. And they’re having fun! And dressing stylish. And they’re dating each other! And they are in her house EVERY. DAY.

    That girl was me, of course. It didn’t take long before I was obsessed. Friends watched Santa Barbara, General Hospital, I watched Dance Party USA. No, I didn’t just watch I STUDIED. I knew full names, ages, favorites, relationships … and I had a crush. Oh boy did I have a crush. He rivaled my real life crush in how often I could see him and study him and imagine him. He was of course Chris Tully. I filled VHS tapes and friends and I watched and watched and watched.

    So much to say about how cute he was, even with that rat tail haircut, what a good dancer he was, what a good “character” he was. How jealous we were of Joanna, the Ware sisters, and whoever got to dance with him. I even got to visit the show and be in his presence. I wish I could say I danced with him – I didn’t, he rejected me – but no hard feelings. It was like being around a member of the New Kids, he was just that special to me. As time went on, Chris was on the show less, and I found other crushes. None were as dynamic as he was.

    Enter Facebook. Of course we eventually stalked and found him. We joined the DPUSA facebook group and years went on. Then that day that unthinkable day, that Eddie Tully posted about his brother. Two plus weeks of reconnecting with those high school friends, who understand why Chris Tully going missing is such a big news story for me. He’s an award winning teacher, beloved father, but to me he will always be that adorable 15 year old dancer on a cable show. May he tear up heaven’s dance floor.

    — Melanie Cortese

  13. via email

    Mr.Tully has been one of the most influential teachers i have ever had. 2 years ago when I first came into the Multimedia program I was incredibly person and I really didn’t think much of myself. After that first year in the program my whole personality changed and I started achieving my goals more. Towards the end of my 2nd year at MBIT I decided to leave the program and go to my home school full time in my senior year. One day Mr. Tully came up to me and said “You know Ryan I really am going to miss you”. After hearing that I couldn’t leave tech because I wanted to prove to Mr. Tully that I can do great things and be independent in my work as a student. I came back because I wanted to shake Mr,Tully’s hand at my 2015 graduation. Mr. Tully was an inspiration to me and all of the students he has mentored in the past 12 years. Pest in Peace Mr.Tully we love you

    — Ryan Smith

  14. via email
    My name is Jenna Jamison , I know Chris or better known as Mr. Tully from MBIT , I graduated from MBIT in 2012 , although I wasn’t lucky enough to have him as my teacher, I was still lucky enough to know him by his awesome smile & great personality , every morning Id see him with his huge smile standing there greeting everyone as they walked into school and it was the same way leaving school , he made sure everyone was having a great day ! I can’t tell you enough how much this breaks my heart , even though I only had the chance to know him for a short amount of time , whether he was waving to me or telling me to have a great day I know he was an awesome kind hearted man with a great heart , he will forever be missed ! I also want to send my prayers to the entire Tully family ” your path may seem stormy & rain now , but you will soon find sunshine again” I hope God guides each one of you during this hard time. Rest In Peace Mr. Tully – you will be missed .

    — Jenna Jamison

  15. via email
    My name is Charlotte. Mr. Tully taught one of my communication classes at Roxborough high school.

    He was very caring. One of the few teaches that taught from the heart. You could feel his passion for teaching us. He made himself available before class and after class. He never judged. He was funny. One time we had a talent show and to grab the attention of the students in the auditorium he came out singing Shai, If i ever fall in love again. Everyone just yelled from excitement.

    Even more I will never forget the day he announced to the class that his wife was pregnant with their first child. His whole face lit up. You knew his whole world changed.

    Mr.Tully will be remembered. I pray for his family. Everyone lost a great person but heaven gained an Angel.

    — Charlotte Hester

  16. via email
    My name is Linda Rivello. I didn’t know Chris. But I read and posted and Shared everyday for him and his Family , just reading about him made me want to help in anyway I could . I send you My Condolences for you and all the Family looking forward to reading more about him. RIP Chris

    — Linda Rivello

  17. via email
    I was lucky enough to meet Tully at my first job out of college at Philadelphia Park race track. He helped me learn somethings i did not learn in NYC. We both had fun at that job during work and hanging out with the whole crew after work. Tully and I wanted more than track tv so eventually i left and then he did. He always talked about teaching, and he knew his stuff, and if he did not know it he would study up on it and figure it out.
    We stayed in touch but i did not see him in person until one night i came to the school he worked out to check it out and help him out with some board thing. I was blown away by what he was doing and how good he was of passing his knowledge on. The thing about his teaching that is different from others and i saw it that night. He not only loved teaching but he had that thing that i imagine every teacher wants. He did not force kids to learn or bore them, he breathed excitement into his passion of broadcasting and kids wanted to learn, they wanted to have that passion. He put the belief in the kids that they could do this and i saw some of the videos they were doing it. We lost a great one today, but we have to pass on his passion of knowledge and his love of kids and teaching them or helping them to fulfill their dreams.

    — Brad Hennessy

  18. via email (before resolution)
    Dear Chris,

    (I am going to write this is a letter to Mr. Tully)

    It’s been nearly 3 weeks without you. And although I haven’t seen you much since about 5 years ago when I graduated from Multimedia Technology, you live on in me. You’ve shown me a side of myself that I never knew existed. You’ve shown a lot of people a side of them they didn’t know. I thanked you for that, but I never really FULLY thanked you. How can anyone ever thank you properly? Not only have you boosted our confidence, but you were a kind soul. You always listened when someone was down, when someone needed help, or when someone had a problem. I walked into your class at MBIT in 2007 with a closed mind and a shy mouth and gradually broke out of my shell by being called on, put on the “spot”, and given tasks as my responsible self was being proven. I was never one to raise my hand or be the first to volunteer but as the years went on and amazing opportunities arose, (such as producing Miles of Music, visiting the Eagles Television Network, and even getting paid to air Centennial board meetings) I broke out of my shell and never looked back. You never once let me down. I loved your loud sense of humor and when you would make songs from scratch. Here’s one some will remember: Sis-swanny-wanny-now. :) A song that will ALWAYS remind me of you is ‘Apple Bottom Jeans’. You loved to dance and sing. And some may have rolled their eyes then but I would do anything, anything to hear and see that again. You may have been my teacher of three years, but you were a heck of a lot more than that. You were like a big brother. A role-model. A true hero. You spoke with such intelligence that I couldn’t even comprehend – ha. When I graduated in 2010 from your class, I was truly sad leaving. We all were like a family. Walking down that long bright hallway to your class everyday was one of the highlights of my day.
    A few memories:
    When I was “modeling” and you kept telling me to relax my face and I just couldn’t. You almost got mad. Haha.
    You always told me that I reminded you of a girl from the Breakfast Club, I still don’t know who it was.
    When ever the girls were whispering, you always thought we were talking about you.
    You LOVED to scare the crap out of people by banging on their books.

    I truly believe that if I wasn’t a part of your class, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. The experience is something that I will never, ever, ever trade. Thank you for being one of the most influential, important human beings in my life.

    I love you, Mr. Tully….

    — Megan Sanders

  19. via email
    My name is Lauran Jones and I did not physical know Chris. However I grew up with Chris. I spent years watching Chris and his brother Ed dance on Dance Party USA. I couldn’t wait to rush home after school to turn on that show and hang out with all of my “friends”. Chris got me through a particularly hard summer in 1989. My parents moved me from one end of the state to the other so being that is was summer I knew no one. I cant tell you what solace it brought me to be able to turn on DPUSA and see Chris tearing it up on the dance floor, goofing around in ocean city, and performing some awesome lipsynchs. Chris was real, his personality jumped right out of the tv screen. That summer I shed many tears, being a freshman who had just lost all of her “real” friends, but Chris and the rest of the DPUSA gang somehow made me believe that if nothing else, I had them. I wound up befriending a great group of girls once school started, in fact most of them had been on DPUSA as guest dancers. The bond we all shared was our love for the Tully boys. To this day we are all the closest of friends, and this whole tragedy has struck each of us deeply.

    I pray for comfort and the lord’s guidance as the family and friends of Chris continue to look for him.

    God Bless

    — Lauran Jones

  20. It all started back in 87 I believe the first time I met Chris on a dance show, I wasn’t even of age yet to be on the show and I would lie about my age just to meet him, he was a regular on dance party Usa and yes I met Christopher as he was the sweetest boy and best dancer, after that I only lived a few blocks from where Chris lived and I would run into him occasionally and still he was such a sweetheart always polite, extremely funny and let’s not forget good looking.. Over the years I had become close to his wonderful brother Eddie, let me just say these two are awesome people. Chris was a wonderful loving father and admirable husband and educater. Thousands of people are reaching out to Eddie and his family for Chris and this doesn’t just happen this way unless you are a respected and loved person, as you all can see the love and devotion for Chris is overflowing something like I have never witnessed before in my life, and he’s well deserving of every bit of it.. I love you Chris I think about you non stop around the clock all day long. I will forever hold you in my thoughts and prayers as you are only a heartbeat away. Heaven has gained an angel and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, heaven is just a better place now that you are there Chris! Rip until we meet again.. Love xoxo michele

  21. This is the nomination letter sent to ACTE on behalf of Chris Tully for PA Career and Technical Teacher of the Year, which he was awarded in June 2014.

    On a personal note, I have known Chris for over twelve years and I enjoyed many spirited conversations with him on our beliefs about education tomorrow’s future and the importance of family.

    April 30, 2014

    I am pleased to write this letter supporting the nomination of Christopher Tully for Pennsylvania ACTE Outstanding Career & Technical Teacher. As the Administrative Director of Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, I have the pleasure of working with Mr. Tully for the past eleven years.

    Mr. Tully teaches Multimedia Technology at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, a career and technical high school. The program is unique because Mr. Tully teaches several types of media productions to high school students interested in the field and oversees an on-site multimedia studio. The on-site studio provides our high school students with authentic experiences in film, television and audio production.

    When Mr. Tully joined the staff at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology in 2002, the Multimedia program lacked clear direction. He worked diligently over the next eleven years to build the program, which has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for the past five consecutive years. This designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.

    Mr. Tully effortlessly balances his responsibilities in the classroom with valuable opportunities to work within our community. Whether he is creating public service announcements, community awareness videos or TV broadcasts for community television; Mr. Tully demonstrates his commitment to his profession. He uses good judgment in addressing problems, is consistent with his dealings with people, and communicates high expectations, which allow everyone to know what he stands for.

    Mr. Tully has earned the respect of our entire staff and is without question one of Middle Bucks’ top performing teachers. Without qualification, I recommend Mr. Tully for Pennsylvania ACTE Outstanding Career & Technical Teacher Award.

    Respectfully,

    Kathryn Strouse
    Administrative Director

  22. Chris will always be remembered in our hearts and memories. We will always think of him as a fun, compassionate, and giving friend, who loved his boys. In the teaching realm, we will miss his passion. Comfort and peace in this most difficult time.

  23. Chris was one of those guys that made you feel like you could go outside “the box” because you wouldn’t be alone. Ever picture I have seen with him and I together we were dancing! So much fun! I look the part of a crazed fool in most of them, but by golly I felt like a graceful Ginger Rogers at the time. :) Chris could make you feel like that. Watching all of the videoes and reflecting on the photos posted by friends has brought on so many smiles, helping to replace few of the tears. I have CJ’s photo as my banner on Facebook and I will leave it there in honor of him and his dad. I have 3 boys of my own, and I know how much he loved them. My prayers will be for them and all of you as you keep Chris’s spirit alive for them a they grow up. Love and prayers from KS!

  24. My sincere condolences to the Tully Family,
    I met Chris 10 years ago when I first started teaching. My principal sent me to his classroom to observe for the day. I was truly impressed with him as a person, his knowledge, his teaching style, and what he created at MBIT. Since that day, I strive to become a great teacher like Chris. I always looked forward to seeing him at media events and film festivals so I could have a few minutes to pick his brain for some new tech info or some teaching tool I could bring back to my classes. And we always had a little friendly competition to see whose students would place better. He never ceased to impress me. In all the times we met, I never would have known he had a mental health disorder. He was so friendly, energetic, passionate, and brilliant. He will continue to inspire me to be a teacher like him, but I still can’t figure out how he managed to accomplish everything he has done with only 24 hours in day. A true renaissance man too I guess. I am so sad and shocked that I’ll never have the chance to see him again, and I can’t imagine how his family feels. Rest easy now my friend, you’ll be missed by all, and will never cease to inspire us.

  25. I have worked with Christopher Tully for almost six years at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. I will remember him as an amazing teacher, full of life, funny, and energetic. I laughed each time I called his classroom and he answered the phone by saying “hello, housekeeping.” I smiled walking by his classroom in the morning and hearing the latest hit song being played so his students were energized for an exciting day in Multimedia Technology. I had the honor of attending the banquet last June in which Chris received recognition as Outstanding Career and Technical Teacher for the state of Pennsylvania. That night and that award meant a great deal to Chris. He will always be remembered for his passion towards making a difference as a human being and as an educator, especially in career and technical education. Chris was committed to elevating the dignity of career and technical education. He truly excelled in his craft as an educator hence the reason he received numerous awards recognizing him for that. Time may heal all wounds, but it’s going to be a long time before his MBIT family and all who knew him will be whole again.

  26. Reposted from Terry Colbert
    To the family, friends, co-workers (past and present) and students (past and present) of Chris my deepest sympathies to all of you. I’ve known Chris since 1997 from our days together in the in-house simulcast TV department at Philadelphia Park Racetrack (now Parx Casino). From the first time I met Chris, I knew he was destined for greatness. Even back then, Chris was passionate, dedicated and driven to push the boundaries to achieve greater success. His boundless energy and enthusiasm for always wanting to learn and do more was infectious. When Chris left Philly Park / TRN to pursue teaching it was a little surprising to me however it didn’t take long to realize that he was on the path to fulfilling his calling. I had the privilege of serving on his OAC at MBIT back in the mid-late 2000s as well as proctoring one of the NOCTI exams for his classes during that t

    ime and I witnessed first-hand, the incredible impact he was making on his students. After having spent the better part one day in particular observing him instructing and interacting with his students, it was very obvious that Chris had indeed achieved his destiny. On the way home that day, I couldn’t stop thinking about how impressive the program he built there at MBIT was. To think that the 10-12th graders that came through his program would be better prepared, educated and more advanced than college kids in programs at major universities, was quite a testament to his vision. I was always impressed by Chris’s work ethic, drive and how he found time to accomplish everything that he had going on! I wasn’t in touch with him much recently aside from the occasional ‘how’s it going?’ email. However back in the fall of last year after reading about the PA Teacher of the Year award he received, I emailed him to congratulate him. What an incredible honor and achievement for him and at the end of his email he humbly said ‘thanks and that we should get together sometime to catch up’. Well, unfortunately, we never had the chance to catch up. My regret now is that we didn’t meet up, however after reading all of the tributes on this site and others as well as seeing various video clips and seeing the impact he made on the lives of everyone he came across, I am even more grateful and honored that I had the privilege of being not just a previous co-worker but friend of his. He truly is gone too soon for who knows what other greatness he was possible of achieving. It is now up to us to keep his legacy alive and in his honor, to live life with passion, dedication, hard work and determination. To push boundaries, never stop learning and to inspire others. Goodbye my friend, may you now be at peace and have comfort. You will never be forgotten.

  27. Reposted from Tom McGee
    I found an old video of Chris when we met in 2009 at the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute. My team created a short project on Education Leadership. Chris took his turn to record, but unlike the others, of course, he had to put his own spin on it. –vintage Chris. That’s me in the background going along with his whimsical humor. This is the outtake we shot. Friends of Christopher Tully. You’ll be missed buddy!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeWfEFrE1kI

  28. Reposted from Steve Miller on Friends of Christopher Tully Facebook Page.
    My son and I went to an open house Wed. January 7, 2015 at MBIT. He was mostly interested in the automotive programs offered. After visiting these class rooms and teachers we decided to check out some other areas of interest as well, in the spirit of “open house”. We visited the classroom center for the multi media technology program. This seemed different. The student run presentation of the program was very impressive. They said there teacher was unable to attend that night, but the class worked together on a presentation to represent their course of study. The show will go on. They were confident and proud. At least 1 dozen or so students spoke about the program and the work they are doing. They all seemed excited and egar to learn. As a parent this was very appealing and unexpectedly uncommon. After milling around and talking to the students it was evident this enthusiasm came from their educator. It was a team atmosphere where all the students were cooperating and working together. Every student I talked to bragged about the teacher and spoke of him in the highest of regard. They felt he was the best teacher. One student even told me how shy and recluse he felt before meeting Mr. Tully And how Mr. Tully’s encouragement and this class helped him emensely in all facets of his life. The students were all brimming with optimism and gratitude. Who was this man? The man that inspired so many. The man whose thoughts, ideas, energy and values radiated to so many. The man who made learning exciting. I never met Mr. Tully but it is so very evident the impact he has made on this earth through the people he touched. For those of you. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  29. Reposted:
    Mr. Tully wasn’t just an educator to the students of MBIT, he was like a father. To everyone he met he made everyone of us feel like we mattered to someone and that we were unique and special. He let us all know that he cared and included us in everything he did.
    I remember the first day I met Mr. Tully; it was my 100 year at MBIT on the very first day of school. He brought his class in to my commercial art class room for an introduction telling us who he was and what he didthere and finished with how excited he was to meet us and work with us in the future since out classes were so closely linked. Through out my years there I had the unique opportunity to connect with him even though I wasn’t in his class. He allowed me to stop in during class periods and every time we saw each other we shared a packet of skittles. He would wander in to our class just to poke at our papers and give everyone a reason to smile. I remember sitting in my class across the hall from his drawing while listening to the sound of Mr. Tully playing on the full drum set in his room.
    Mr. Tully was unique in that he understood something very important.
    Kids need to have friends.
    We all have authority figures, parents, and bosses at work but we need to feel like there are adults on our side. He gave us all a teacher who we new wanted us to succeed and loved to watch us grow and we all loved him back.
    So thank you Mr. Tully.
    I’ve got a packet of skittles with your name on it.
    Love Janai
    MBIT class of 2014
    Commercial art and design

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