Faculty Spotlight: Christopher Werry

christopher-werryName, subject(s) taught, joined MMS in what year, and city of residence
Christopher John Werry. I’ve lived in Scotts Valley, San Diego and Campbell. I teach ninth grade Physics, Geometry Honors and Precalculus Honors. I’m a fresh recruit; I joined this year!

What inspires you?
The potential to instill a sense of mastery over difficult subjects.

215010_207535309275302_3585531_nWhen you were a student, what was your favorite subject in school? And now, as a teacher, what is your favorite subject, and why?
My favorite subject has almost always been Physics. While it is a taxing subject to learn, Physics provides an insightful look at the mathematical simplicity of the world.

If you had the power to change one thing in the world, what would it be?
I wish we lived in a political system which represented a true democracy, with well informed, unbiased, morally responsible citizens.

10648220_10204527045229672_2961795202246848823_oIf you could go anywhere, where would you go?
I would love to visit the castles in Sintra, walk through the forests in England, and lay on the beach at Santorini.

Name one big challenge in your life right now:
Mostly, I realize that I struggle to manage my time between work, friends and loved ones.

What is your dream job?
I would love to work on a historical turn-based role playing video game with Intelligent Systems.

What are your three favorite things?
A heart-to-heart feeling between friends, a nostalgic scent, and the fresh air while encompassed in trees.

Favorite book:
I recently re-read J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and the main character is so infectious and entertaining.

297129_523542147674615_909483871_nWhat do you want to do in the next five years?
See my mom in a better situation, nurture my girlfriend’s art pursuits, grow myself spiritually, and improve as a teacher.

Something that makes you smile:
When our cat Cleo is playing and rolling around.

A favorite MMS memory – and why?
On the siege boat during the rafting trip, we would approach the boats with a ferocity that would never be expressed between student and teacher – except for at Mount Madonna! I was able to let my playful, competitive side through and it was a memorable bonding experience.

Top three most played songs on your iTunes or iPod:
I’ve heard these songs so many times in my life: Beethoven’s Pastoral, Foster the People’s Pumped up Kicks, and Hilltop Hood’s The Hard Road – Restrung.