Crystal Claytor

Crystal Claytor

Special Education Teacher 7th-12th
  • Ohio University, NAU-Yuma, Arizona Western, Grand Canyon, Rio Salado
  • BS of Special Ed k-12, Masters of Ed/Multicultural Studies, course certificates
  • (480) 222-0811
  • cclaytor@santancs.com

My Bio

It is my opportunity to help students learn to find and use their resources to aid them in everyday living, create an atmosphere for positive experiences and leave a legacy that others will be able to bank on for the rest of their days and generations to come and hopefully to become productive citizens who give back to their communities.

One student WILL become President of the U.S., another WILL win the Nobel Peace Prize, become that lawyer, chef, doctor, and yet another WILL top the music or athletic charts and so much more.   Some WILL become the writers of books, magazines, newspapers; leaders in Congress; or directors of those favorite T.V. shows we love to watch.  Surely, whatever each student chooses to do, his or her success will be passed from generation to generation; thus, will my ideas and dreams be fulfilled.

I started out my journey in the country and went to the big city.  I played clarinet in the band, and at one time the oboe and cello.  What I really wanted to play was the harp.  I went from concert band, to orchestra, onto marching band, then symphonic band and PEP band from grade school through college.  Started at college as a Music Therapist and changed to Special Education. I do not play instruments anymore, but I have a heart for music.

I have a B.S. in Special Education K-12, and MA in Ed/Multicultural Studies. I also have a Structured English Immersion K-12 Certification and a Care Giver’s Certificate.

I wanted to be a nun, but gave that up at 10 years old because of my love for children.  I have two; always thought there would be more, lol.  Started in Ohio and now I am in Arizona.  I have been in SpEd for 40 years Certified and 3 years before that uncertified while working on my degree, and now Pastor a small bible study group which I have plans to turn into a Prayer Chapel one day.  I have three grandchildren and my daughter has about 12 god-children all since babies with the oldest now 12..

I love hot chocolate, hiking, fireplace, travel, making a snow man which haven’t done since I moved to Az in 88, writing books, a good movie, sports, HGTV, live performances through the Arts, Survival & Nature shows, listening to good music, fine dining, and would love to climb mountains again one day to name a few things.  Took canoe training once and would love to learn to drive a small boat.

I have worked in residential homes (children), behavioral treatment centers (K-12), volunteered in mental health institutions (adults) and currently work with handicap adults in my spare time.  I have taught in incarcerated institutions (juveniles) and taught at the High School, Junior High, and the Elementary Level.

I like making sure students and adults do the impossible, become confident and excel, and working with parents to help turn impossible situations around!  Empowerment!  I Love Life!

Birthday: May 18th

These are A Few Of My Favorite Things…..

Color(s):  Royal Blue, Lavender, Red, Apricot, Yellow

Flower(s): love yellow flowers (yellow Daffodil is pretty) love others too – happy thoughts with yellow

Healthy Snack(s):  cashews, lemon protein bars, organic apples, grape licorice, mangos

“Junk Food” Treat(s): lemon bars from Rubio’s, lemon filled donuts…, lemon cake, no lemon meringue pie unless its cream cheese topping, don’t like meringue.

Drink(s): Organic lemonade, alkaline water, green smoothies, banana/strawberry smoothies, hot chocolate and marshmallows 

Scent(s)/Essential Oil(s): Lavender oil, vanilla/cinnamon mix candles

Game(s): Monopoly, Word games, Puzzles (scenic, oceans, nostalgic home winter scenes,)

Sit-Down Restaurant(s): Applebee’s, Sombrero’s, Golden Corral, Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden

Fast Food Restaurant(s): Veg. sandwich at Jimmy Johns, Fish sandwich at Culvers, ATL Wings-lemon pepper and/or sweet & tangy flavor, Pete’s Fish and chips, Canes, Little Caesars, Salad-n-Go, Dunkin Donuts

Place(s) to Receive a Gift Card: Applebee’s, Human Bean, Sprouts, Trader Joes

Most used school/office supply: sticky notes, black pens, Lysol wipes, postage stamps

What I would really like is: Gift Cards, Healthy Snacks, Junk Food, Drinks, Flowers

Heroes: My heroes are those who make the necessary sacrifices to achieve their dreams and goals to benefit mankind! People of Faith! 

Hobbies: I love listening to gospel, plus good sound music upbeat, inspirational, calming, soaking moral, watching relax daily (relaxdaily.net) by Michael Fesser on YouTube, look forward to hiking again one day, maybe climbing mountains again one day, Adaptive Fitness, Reading, cultural events, plays, sporting events, love to do things no one thinks can be done to build hope, writing books, spiritually uplifting materials and events, supporting Children’s organizations for hunger and various other needs.

 

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