Lindsay Cross by Kristen Rivers, Academic Support Specialist
Pacific Collegiate School alumni Lindsay Cross, Class of 2005, says she found that the culture of PCS allows things to happen for students to grow into their personal agency in an atmosphere of trust and independence.
In fact it made such an indelible impression upon her life and her path that when given the opportunity to return to Pacific Collegiate School as a teacher, she jumped at the chance. She values the atmosphere at PCS which provides a lot of autonomy and professional freedom.
Ms. Cross is a UCSC graduate and has been teaching Math and Health at PCS since 2015. She is newly married to a her former PCS classmate Kennan. They plan a move up to the tiny mountain hamlet of Boulder Creek imminently, which is intended to help the newlyweds find more peace and relaxation, as well as time for outdoors with their adopted Rottweiler, Pele.
Ms. Cross has a gentle and inviting nature and feels that teaching is a great privilege.
She fondly recalls that Mr. Bill Koens, who was her Math teacher from 8th to 12th grade, taught her to love math, to learn the language of math, to find the beauty in it. She says she will not forget that and will always try and impart that same love to her own students.
Ms. Cross says that one of the greatest influences on her life and her personal development was living abroad in Germany for a year. She recalls loving it and the people for many reasons and felt that it was the most profound eye-opening experience she has had to date. Of all the experiences a young person could have, living and studying abroad is truly a gift she wishes for every student and she only regrets she didn’t do it more in college.
To close, her recommended reading list:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Hamlet by Shakespeare
The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done by Sandra Newman