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Cyd Crue

Position: Principal
School: Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy
School District: Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy #483
City, State: Fort Hall, ID

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Dr. Cyd Crue was nominated by her colleague, Sherice Gould.

Dr. Crue is the principal of Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy (CTEA), which is located on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Fort Hall, Idaho. The school opened for the 2012-2013 school year with approximately 100 students, and it averages between 85-100 students each year.

Dr. Crue has taken it upon herself to make sure under-privileged students have food, clothes and presents every Christmas. She is a member of the Fort Hall community and has an adopted son who is a Shoshone-Bannock Tribal member. She has also had numerous foster children over the years.

CTEA is a state-funded charter school emphasizing the importance of teaching the language and culture of the Shoshone-Bannock people. It's a Title I school, and 100% of the students are eligible for free and reduced meals. The majority of students are from households associated with tribes whose demographics indicate they are living below the poverty level. 

Dr. Crue was born and raised in the South Side of Chicago and attended a Catholic school, so she appreciates a good education. She is knowledgeable about the needs of impoverished children and is compassionate towards their feelings, especially during this time of year. It is important that a child feel supported and part of the Chief Tahgee school family. 

"She sacrifices both time and money to ensure our students are cared for. She is an asset to our school and beloved by many students and parents/guardians," said Gould. "We value her commitment to the education and welfare of our students."



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