January 14, 2015 15:53 Age: 3 yrs

Meet Our “Team & Family”: Crystal Ward

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When Crystal Ward taught sixth-grade science and social studies at a turnaround school in Washington, D.C., she noticed the students who thrived in her classroom were asked to leave almost all of their other classes because of misbehavior. To Crystal, that seemed unproductive and unfair. As Achievement First’s director of school culture, Crystal coaches deans across the network in maintaining high expectations while creating environments where children love school because they feel affirmed, safe in taking academic and character risks, and secure in the knowledge that their “Team & Family” cares about them and their success in life and school.

In her role, Crystal works closely with regional superintendents to ensure each school has the foundational structure it needs to foster uninterrupted learning and deep intellectual engagement with academic content. 

Crystal’s childhood experiences drew her to a career in education. Growing up in a military family, Crystal attended public schools in England, Alabama and New Mexico. She was accepted to a Connecticut prep school in 10th grade and—despite the fact that she had always been at the top of her class in public schools—found that she was initially underprepared for the rigorous reading and literacy curriculum. At Achievement First, she works on a “Team & Family” committed to making sure students are prepared for future success.

Read more about Crystal and her work at Achievement First on our AF Network Support Profile page.