What do your students call you?
Crame-dog, Crame-ball or Mr. C
What made you want to work at FSHA?
Honestly, I hadn’t considered teaching all girls until the opportunity presented itself. I’d taught in a single-sex environment before FSHA, but it was at an all-boys school (Crespi). Someone suggested I look into teaching at FSHA, and that’s when my whole world changed. I am able to help the girls through the emotional roller coaster that is high school.
What has been your favorite teaching moment at FSHA?
It’s happened a couple times now where I’ve inspired some girls to choose American history as their major in college. There is no higher compliment of what I try to do in the classroom here at FSHA then when a student says I inspired them to study the same subject that has brought such meaning to my life. One girl even told me that she wrote her college admission essay about me. I cannot describe how profoundly moving that was, to have what I do at FSHA validated with such an amazing compliment. You don’t realize what an effect we as teachers have on someone’s life until a student tells you something like that.
What's your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot is the octagon, the stone-tiled platform that connects the bridge from the high school to the main administration building. Sometimes on a clear day, I’ll just walk down to that spot to enjoy the view. I grew up watching the Rose Bowl in early January, so being able to look down on the actual Rose Bowl anytime I want to at work still gives me a thrill. On clear days from the octagon, you can see almost to the end of the San Gabriel mountain range. Despite all of the activity on the freeway and in the homes below, looking out at the view always helps me put into perspective what we do up here on the hill at FSHA.
What's your favorite place in the world?
I have several, but I would say my two favorite are Wrigley Field in Chicago and the beaches of Key West in Florida. The Cubs have been my baseball team since before I was born (long story), so you could say I was raised on the Cubs at Wrigley. There’s kind of a picnic feeling in the stands where hometown and visiting fans are just there in the moment, together. When I lived in Miami, Key West was my escape. You could walk to one end of the main street in Key West to watch the sunset and walk back to the other end while enjoying the night life. The key in Key West is to stay in a hotel at the East end of town so you can then wake up and enjoy the sunrise. Both sites, in their own way, are breathtaking and peaceful.
Who has made the biggest impact on your life?
I would say the one person who made the greatest impact on my life would be the late Dr. John Wabrick, conductor of the Men’s Glee Club at Miami University. When I first went off to college, I didn’t take my studying seriously as I was enjoying college social life a bit too much. Rather than passing judgment on me as many other teachers and family in my life did, Dr. Wabrick took the care to watch over me. Regardless of the ridiculous things I would do or say, Dr. Wabrick would help me through my rough patches with a kind of fatherly care. Even after graduating college, I would still call him a couple times a year just to talk about what I was going through. We’d listen to each other, tell some stories about our time at Miami together, and remind each other that there really were people out there who cared. I didn’t choose music as my career, but music is a big part of my life so I really look at Dr. Wabrick as my mentor.Back