Mr. Crist- Teacher Feature
By Roni Flynn
Our teacher feature this week (the 28th) is Mr. Crist. Mr. Crist teaches math, however, the type varies from year to year. This year, Crist is teaching Algebra 2 and AP statistics. His classroom is located in the D205 classroom.
Roni: How long have you been coaching the high school tennis team?
Crist: I’ve been coaching for 19 years.
Roni: Have you coached anywhere else?
Crist: “Oh yeah.” In terms of high school, Seattle Prep, Cleveland High, Holy Names, West Seattle, Lincoln… Outside of schools, I’ve coached at the Seattle Tennis Club, The Department of Parks, Tennis World, and Seattle Tennis Center. I might’ve missed some, but that’s about it.
Roni: What is the craziest thing you did in highschool?
Crist: I don’t know if this is it, but we used to have two fundraisers that were volleyball and basketball marathons. They would go all night from after school on Friday to Sunday morning— people would even sleep in the stands. Right after school, there would be teams waiting to play and it would always be really crowded. So our team wouldn’t even show up until 7 o’clock. We’d go home from school, do whatever, then meet for dinner. Afterwards, we’d go at like 7 o’clock and we’d be playing ‘til 5 in the morning. I remember one time at a basketball marathon, we had to go wake the other team up because they were sleeping in the stands. “That was fun.”
Roni: What is the funniest thing a student has said to you?
Crist: “I mean maybe the guy who told me I looked like the old guy in Monopoly”
Roni: If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which one would it be and why?
Crist: For me, it’d be more about the person that I’m with not the restaurant because I don’t like going to nice restaurants by myself, but it would probably Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, New York. I really think it’s one of the only good delis left in New York.
Roni: Did you do any extracurricular or sports in high school?
Crist: I played tennis and volleyball. We didn’t have as many clubs as you guys have but we had grievance procedure board of appeals. It was actually an elected office. Any time a student had a complaint with a teacher or with another student, they could bring it to this board which was comprised of students and teachers and they would settle it. They would decide if you had been treated unfairly or not. It was something new, and “I think we only did one thing all year” but it was good.
Roni: What do you do in your free time?
Crist: I like to build things, and I’m doing some woodworking now. “I used to play a lot of bridge— I don’t play much bridge as I used to.” I travel a lot in the summer and I like to go out to restaurants. I go to theater— not to movies— but to theater.
Roni: What’s your favorite place to travel to?
Crist: Well, I go to LA every year because I’ve got friends there. “And I usually go to New York, although I did not this year because my son lives there. I mean it’s not like I didn’t go there because my son lives there. I just didn’t go there. I didn’t have time.” I may go this Spring but I haven’t decided yet.
Roni: Who is the most interesting person you have ever met?
Crist: June Foray. She just died and was about 93. She was very interesting, she was fun to talk to, and “everybody in this room has heard her voice but nobody knows who she is.” If you’ve ever watched a Warner Brother’s cartoon, you’ve heard her. She voiced Tweety Bird, Granny, the Witch, she was on the radio, she did Twilight zone. The person who wrote her autobiography said that he would talk to her about a voice she had recorded and she wouldn’t remember it. “She did so much work she didn’t even know about it.” She was hard to have a conversation with because she would do voices. “It [was] like you’re talking to five different people because she was so good at it.” She was just an enjoyable person.
Roni: What is one of your biggest pet peeves?
Crist: “People who drive slow in fast lane of the freeway.”
Roni: How long have you had your mustache?
Crist: “Since I was— Well I won’t tell you that ‘cause than you’d be able to figure out my age… Over 40 years. So now you know I’m over 40.”
Roni: By request, if you could do anything you wanted for work, what would do?
Crist: “This is it.”
Well that’s it for this week’s teacher feature! Any complaints about Monopoly, mustaches or midnight volleyball can be made to 1-800-MRC-RIST