Clarice Crawford was nominated by a colleague, Stephanie Fletcher.
Ms. Crawford is one of the many outstanding teachers at Malcolm X Elementary School. She is currently a 4th/5th grade ELA Teacher. Ms. Fletcher hasn't known her for very long, as this is Ms. Fletcher's first year at Malcolm X, but what she quickly recognized was that Ms. Crawford truly takes the time to get to know and care for each one of her students. She spends countless hours after school working with students, trains her colleagues on the ASPEN system for grades, and seeks multiple opportunities for her students to prepare them for middle school.
Ms. Crawford constantly shows that she cares for her students by using her lunch and planning periods on many occasions to help students with science projects, extra reading support, and homework help. In preparing students for the ANET and PARCC assessments, she took the time to prepare practice assessments and reviewed student responses to ensure success on the actual assessments.
Ms. Crawford spends countless hours at school. She arrives almost an hour early for work each day and stays after school to work with female students on "pom poms" to ensure that the girls are ready to compete against other schools.
She volunteered to train other teachers in the ASPEN data system to submit their grades throughout the school year. Ms. Crawford even followed up with the teachers to ensure proper submission of the grades, and made herself available for any questions teachers may have had.
Lastly, Ms. Crawford was instrumental in soliciting multiple opportunities to expose her students culturally and instructionally this school year. She spearheaded opportunities for students to participate in, including a "pizza and poetry" event that included the student and their parents, an overnight camping trip, and a field trip to their middle school for the following year. These are just a few opportunities Ms. Crawford was instrumental in obtaining for her students. For all of these reasons, Ms. Crawford is a LifeChanger in her community.
"Thank you Ms. Crawford for all you do for the staff, parents, and students here at Malcolm X Elementary School," Ms. Fletcher said.