Meet Christopher Michael ’14, an art teacher at East Rockingham High School in Elkton, Va., who has taken his creativity to another level—and a new medium—as a TikTok sensation.
If you’re a TikTok user, you might have stumbled upon Michael’s videos without even realizing he’s a Bridgewater graduate. He has garnered 3 million followers for his impressions of well-known characters such as The Grinch, Elmo and Mickey Mouse, as well as parodies and comedic sketches on his account, @christwodafur.
In summer 2019 Michael joined TikTok, a social media app where users can create and share entertaining short-form videos. Since then, he has published close to 300 videos to the popular platform.
“Making videos has really become its own medium. I am now entering the world of voice acting to further share my various voices,” Michael says. “What art, teaching, voice acting and videos all provide me is the opportunity to be creative, try new things and just have fun.”
While at BC, Michael discovered his love for making metal sculptures, was a student ambassador and orientation leader and served as vice president of his senior class. After graduating with a degree in art, he won Teacher of the Year accolades following his first full year of teaching at Linville-Edom Elementary School in the 2014-15 academic year and again at Peak View Elementary School in the 2016-17 academic year.
“Teaching is a blast. I enjoy being able to have conversations with my students and provide comedic relief in stressful times,” Michael says. “The art studio is a great place to let creativity shine and not be afraid to try. My TikTok voices tend to poke their head in from time to time in the classroom, and it’s just a casual way to interact and laugh and learn.”
— By Logan Bogert