Crystal was born in Poway, California and raised in Vancouver, Washington. She recently relocated to California from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Instrumental Music Education from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and a Master of Education degree in Special Education from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Crystal began her teaching career in 2005 as a high school band director. It was her later position as a one-on-one instructional aide for a high school student that inspired her to pursue a career in special education. In this position, she became proficient in various assistive technology options and learned the importance of preparing students for a smooth and successful transition to independence. Crystal’s passion is student success, and she believes each step toward goal attainment is worth celebrating!
Crystal lives in Long Beach, California with her husband, Patrick, and her pet tortoise, Billy. She enjoys playing the trombone, watching movies, cooking/eating, riding her bike and drawing.
CIP Long Beach
4510 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90804