Snapshot: Merredith Christos

Published: July 20, 2018 at 12:00 am


Occupation: I am the Outreach and Operations Manager at EverWonder Children's Museum. I've been doing that now for about a month and a half. I was a stay-at-home mom for the last four years because I have 4-year-old twins. Before them, I worked at Enterprise Car Sales for eight and a half years, but I couldn't go back full-time when I had the twins. When the twins were 1 years old, I joined the MOMS Club of Newtown and was on the board as the secretary for two years. Then in the last two years, I was heavily involved with the Cub Scouts. My degree is from the University of Illinois as a recreation supervisor/management. I loved the volunteer opportunities that I had when I was not working, and EverWonder seemed like the perfect fit.

Family: My husband, James Christos, and I have been married for 12 years. He is a police sergeant in Bethel. We met in high school at band camp and have known each other for 22 years. We have an 8-year-old, Andrew, who's going into third grade next year; and 4-year-old twins, Jacob and Jackson, who will be going to Head O' Meadow next year.

Pets: We have a gentle giant. Delphi is a 9-year-old great Pyrenees and is about 130 pounds of love. We also have a 12-year-old orange tabby cat, Oscar. We got him after we first got married. He was our first baby.

How long have you lived in Newtown? For 11 years. We moved here just after we got married. We fell in love with the Newtown community and knew it had a great school system.

What do you like to do in your free time? I have been dancing since I was 2 years old, and I've been going to The Academy of Dance Arts in Brookfield since 1990. Tap is my favorite. I'm also super involved with the Scouts. I'm Cub Master with the newly reformed Pack 470 at Head O' Meadow that was combined with Pack 270 for the last four years.

Do you have a favorite book? The Harry Potter books. I started to read them when I worked as a summer camp counselor, then got hooked. I love the magic.

What is your favorite travel destination? Growing up, my family constantly traveled every summer, so I have been to 42 out of 50 states. Internationally, my favorite destination is Santorini, Greece. My husband and I went to Greece for two weeks with his family when we were in college. The place is stunningly beautiful. The white buildings with the blue rooftops are spectacular to see. I want to go back someday.

What is the best part about Newtown? I love Main Street. I'm a sucker for tradition and that old town feel. I love walking to Edmond Town Hall, the library, and The Pleasance - it's all that quintessential Newtown feel.

Who or what has been the greatest influence in your life? My parents, Claire and Dick. I've been told many times that I'm just like my mom, and that's the biggest compliment that I could receive. She's taught me about good morals and ethics. My dad is the CFO of a company in Massachusetts and has always taught me about being very organized and managing money well.

If you could spend the day with one person, who would you choose and why? My mom's dad, "Pop Pop." He died right before I was born, but I heard that we would have been so close.

Who is your favorite musical artist? I'm an 80s girl through and through, so anything from Def Leppard to Madonna to Michael Jackson.

Do you have a favorite TV show? The Goldbergs. That show always makes me crack up.

What is something you cannot live without? Cherry Coke once a day, in the afternoon. I don't drink coffee or tea, so I need that every day.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Being lucky enough to find the right guy early and have three - although sometimes challenging - wonderful boys.

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