Cris received his Bachelors of Arts degree and teaching credentials from California State University Sacramento.
Cris was a teacher in the Adults with Disabilities program at A. Warren McClaskey Adult Center, Sacramento City Unified School District for 32 years.
Cris was very active with the Sacramento City Teachers Association and the California Teachers Association (CTA). He even brought CTA in as an Intuitional Member which they have continued since his retirement last June.
Cris was an active committee member of the conference committee for the last two state conferences held in Sacramento and was Northern Section President Elect and Northern Section President for two terms. He also served as CTA representative to the CCAE State Board eight years. Cris received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CCAE in 2009.