Cross(en) Over!

Mr. Crossen, as shown above, is demonstrating his dominance over his APUSH class.

Mr. Crossen, as shown above, is demonstrating his dominance over his APUSH class.

Dominic Catallo, Reporter

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If you can go back in time, what would you do differently in high school? 

Mr. Crossen: Do more work in school for scholarship money, since I was very lazy. 

What was your favorite part of high school? 

Mr. Crossen: Sports, the comradery was very appealing to me. My friends and experiences I shared with them was very memorable. My teachers were also a huge inspiration for me. Overall just doing fun stuff was the best part. 

If you were able to, would you go to an IB school? 

Mr. Crossen: Yes, if I know what I know now about the program, but I wouldn’t have done it then since I was very unmotivated. 

What inspired you to go into teaching? 

Mr. Crossen: Never wanted to until a college literature class when I compared Shakespeare to history and my professor asked if I wanted to teach and told me that I should. After that I gave it some thought and here I am.  

Was that your first choice, and why? 

Mr. Crossen: No, since I couldn’t talk to kids. 

Did you teach at a home school, and if so, how was your experience? 

Mr. Crossen: I taught at Bemis for one year and was a substitute in the district, so I got a bit of everything. I enjoyed teaching at Bemis since it was very easy and not as demanding as this school. 

What profession would you choose if you didn’t become a teacher? 

Mr. Crossen: Writing or Acting, but I get bored too easy, so most jobs don’t interest me.  

What do you most enjoy about teaching? 

Mr. Crossen: I get to share my passions with others. 

What is one challenge about teaching? 

Mr. Crossen: Grading promptly. 

What was your favorite/funny memory while teaching? 

Mr. Crossen: My favorite moment is whenever a student comes back to me and tells me how something they learned from me helped them out in some way shape or form. 

Who is a memorable student and why? 

Mr. Crossen: There was a group of students who went from Bemis to IB with me, who some of them keep in touch with me today. There was one kid I had at Bemis who sends me good books to read. 

What led you go to the college that you attended? 

Mr. Crossen: It wasn’t on the west coast, and the dad of the girl who I was tutoring recommended it to me. I shadowed the campus and loved it, so I applied and got in. 

Did you do any sports during high school and college? 

Mr. Crossen: In High school I played football, wrestling, basketball, and even skiing. In college I did intramural sports such as flag football where I lost a tooth, and basketball. 

Or any extracurriculars? 

Mr. Crossen: High school I did theatre, debate, ski club, volunteering for flood victims. In college I did chess club and movie reviews for the college newspaper. 

Recall a failure/challenge that taught you something. 

Mr. Crossen: I biffed a field goal snap on the opening game of senior year, and from that we lost the game.  

How did you bounce back? 

Crossen: I went in to see the game film ready to be chewed out, but instead I got support from my team and coaches.

What are 3 things on your bucket list? 

Mr. Crossen: 1.

  1. Write a novel 
  2. Travel more with my wife
  3. Be on Jeopardy 

What places have you traveled to? 

Mr. Crossen: I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, England, Scotland, and all throughout the U.S. 

What is your favorite television show? 

Mr. Crossen: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

What is your favorite movie? 

Mr. Crossen: Jeremiah Johnson 

What is your favorite song? 

Mr. Crossen: I Got a Name– Jim Croce, and Want to Get Fooled Again– The Who 


Mr. Crossen: Elvis, The Beatles, or Johnny Cash 

What is something students don’t know about you which might surprise them? 

Mr. Crossen: I’ve taken classes in social dance, ballet, gymnastics, and tap dancing.