Teacher Profile: Mrs. Crandall

“When I was hired in BYMS in 1989, I thought it would be a great school. Students and parents seemed so involved, and I knew that was very important to student success,” explained Mrs. Crandall, a composition skills and Language arts teacher at Bernardo Yorba Middle School.

Mrs. Crandall has taught here at Bernardo for 25 years, but previously worked at an elementary school for three years. Before she was hired as a teacher, she worked in factories and for a financing company during college. “All these jobs impressed upon me that I wanted to finish college and become a teacher,” explained Mrs. Crandall.

After she had children, she worked as a stay-at-home mom and mainly occupied her time with her kids. But that did not stop her from focusing on becoming a teacher. “I also took time to go back to school and earn my master’s degree in special education,” stated Mrs. Crandall.

When she first started teaching at BYMS, Mrs. Crandall first taught as a resource specialist and was an associate for CARE (Comprehensive Accelerated Reading Education) before moving on to teach language arts and composition skills. “I have enjoyed the changes; they keep me constantly learning to teach new ways,” she remarked.

What Mrs. Crandall most enjoys about being a teacher is seeing the transformation of her students through seventh and eighth grade. “When the students begin 7th grade, they are a mixture of kid and grown-up traits. By the end of 8th grade, they have matured into young adults with life goals starting to form.”