David Cross joined CSMH in 2002. He teaches 8th grade History and a Geography/Current Events class. After graduating from the University of Santa Clara in 1979, Mr Cross joined the U.S. Navy and retired in 1996 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He has been teaching ever since. Mr. Cross has continued his education and earned a Master's Degree in History from the University of San Diego and a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from San Jose State University where he was named the IT Graduate Student of the Year. During past summers, Mr. Cross has participated in the IISME program while working at local high tech companies including IBM's Almaden Research Center, National Semiconductor and Lockheed-Martin. He also participated in summer seminars at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College and a history seminar in Philadelphia with the Gilder Lerhman Institute. Mr Cross leads the annual Washington DC trip, which travels to DC, Gettysburg and Philadelphia. He has lead fourteen trips with CSMH students. He enjoys visiting new places, especially those with some historic significance, and riding his mountain bike.