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We Congratulate Michelle Crews!

Headland Elementary School

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sk anyone around our community and they will surely say that Ms.Crews deserves this award!”

 

Michelle Crews teaches fifth graders at Headland Elementary School, but Kesha Thompson says the 11-year educator’s dedication spills out of her classroom.

 

“She is an exemplary teacher who doesn’t hesitate to go above and beyond for her students,” Thompson says. “The love she has for her students exudes in her classroom and beyond.”

Crews is the assistant varsity girls basketball coach at Headland High School and head coach of the JV girls basketball team.

 

“Where she finds the time to have all the accolades is Amazing!” says Thompson. “I guess that is the reason she has been named Teacher of the Year during her tenure as an educator. Ms. Crews does all of this with a sweet smile and a humble spirit.”

 

Crews says her desire to be successful keeps her motivated.

“There are days that are challenging, but I always want to win at whatever it is. So, I’m always searching for ways to do things better or in new ways to help my students understand and make myself become a better teacher.”

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It was Crews’ daughter that inspired her to become an educator.

 

“I wanted to be a teacher when I began to teach my daughter things when she was a toddler. It was impressive to see her do the things that I taught her and it was fun to see her apply those skills. I thought it would be cool to do the same things with other children.”

 

Crews says playing a part in helping a child lay the foundation for their future is the most rewarding part of being a teacher. Her favorite moment(s) is attending the graduation of every class she’s taught.

 

“It was something that I told them I would do when I taught them, and to see them walk across the stage was definitely a proud moment for me each time.”

 

While her students have taught her patience, Crews hopes they leave her classroom with goals and a good work ethic.

 

“I believe it’s important to have goals so that you always have something to work towards. Your work ethic is built from that and I think that is something that is important both now and later in life. It’s important they learn that early in life.”

Michelle Crews received her B.S. in Biology pre-health from Alabama State University, her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Troy University-Dothan, and her Master’s and Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Auburn University. She has one daughter, Jayden, who is a junior at Headland High School.

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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May Teacher of the Month: Michelle Crews

by Ashton Wright time to read: 3 min