Hi! My name is Crystal Wilson and I am thrilled to begin a new adventure in first grade this year. What a privilege to teach children about the Lord on a daily basis. It is a joy to watch them discover the truth of Colossians 1:17 in all the subjects that we study: “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

I received my Bachelors Degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and my M.Ed. from Cambridge College in Massachusetts, where my thesis focused on infusing biblical principles in children through interactive play. I enjoy helping students develop the skills and love of reading because this ultimately helps them to know God more personally and to understand His will for their lives.

My husband, Theo, and I have been married for 25 years. We are active members of Akron Baptist Temple, where we co-lead an adult Bible study and I teach a K-2 Sunday school class. We have two children: our son, Sachem, serves as a ‘soccer missionary’ while he plays the game professionally in Europe. Our daughter, Jaya, runs track and plays soccer for her university in Houston, Texas.

My ‘current’ life verse is Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.” This scripture inspires and challenges me to always represent my Savior well–whether inside or outside the classroom. Fun facts: I have lived in England (as a student) and Hawaii (as a ‘Navy wife’). I love reading, classical music and teapots!

What’s special about this grade?

During this year, students make great strides academically, emotionally and physically. They experience (a bit) more independence, express themselves in different types of writing, and learn to cooperate with peers through group learning activities.

Major events of this year:

  • Dr. Seuss Day
  • 120’s Day
  • Community service projects
  • Field trips to McKinley Museum and Rufener’s Pumpkin Farm
  • Attend a play or musical
  • Gingerbread Week

Special projects this year:

  • animal research project/presentation
  • write and publish a class book through “Student Treasures”

Recommended links:

  • superkidsreading.com, splashmath.com, eduplace.com, starfall.com, gonoodle.com, extramath.org