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

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.