I’m not exaggerating here, but Crystal is amazing. I had worked along side of Crystal for a few years now, without knowing much about her. Last year I had the privilege of having her as my daughter’s teacher. My respect for Crystal grew with every interaction I witnessed, be it with a student or another adult. She is a wonderful example of composure, heartfelt love for the kids, and professionalism. She is that rock solid individual who flies under the radar, and sees no need in self-aggrandizing (i.e not at all like me). She is the definition of good people, and I assure you she will be red in the face reading this. Though she earned her BA in Leisure Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration, she has been working in Early Childhood Education for more then 18 years. Crystal is here because she truly loves what she does. A Mom, a softball champ (code name: Red), and surprisingly tender soul, we are so lucky to have her among us.
I asked her to tell us a bit about herself:
How did you find your way to TLS?
I found TLS through the internet, or rather my husband did. I was looking for a school closer to home than where I currently was. My husband sent me links from 4 different schools he had come across while he was looking. He spends much more time on the computer than I do. :) After interviewing and comparing the schools, TLS was by far the most impressive!
When looking at The Little School website my first impression was the menu! I was so amazed at the types of food that the children was being served. Much different than coming from some where frozen food and food from a can was being served. When touring TLS I loved the atmosphere and was impressed hearing how the teachers communicated with the children.
What do you value most or hold most dear at TLS?
My relationship with the children and how we communicate. I love that we teach these children how to self regulate. We help them recognize their feelings and emotions and what their peers are feeling. We guide them in using their own words to communicate with us and their peers to socialize and problem solve.
My husband and I went to Las Vegas. From there we took a small charter plane and flew to the Grand Canyon. It was breath taking!
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role?
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Julia Roberts. I guess its obvious I like her!
What would you listen to if you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life?
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong