Hello, Washington Wildcats! I'm Mrs. Crowson and I am your new 6th grade math teacher. I'm extremely excited to be a part of this unique middle school. Being on a team here with the staff, parents, and students at WGMS has been something I've felt drawn to being part of for quite awhile. I'm not a newbie to the district, nor the profession. I began my teaching career in the fall of 1997 at Mark Bills Middle School and taught all subjects and all grades at one point or another in that building. Seventeen years in, I took a change of pace from middle school and taught 4th grade at Northmoor Primary for the past five years. The opportunity to follow my heart to WGMS came along so I'm back to middle school. In addition to 22 years of years of classroom experience under my belt, I have a Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning. A lot has changed in all of these years of teaching, but I do my best to keep up with the times and continue my own education. This summer, I attended a "Gifted Bootcamp" at Northwestern University in Evanston with Mrs. Fleming, Mr. Weinrich, and Mrs. Martin. I also attended a district workshop on 1:1 computer use in the classroom. I'm reading many resources on my summer vacation to be ready to roll in this new setting!
More about me: I'm married to Chris Crowson, Richwoods Biology teacher and JV soccer coach for boys and girls. We have 3 daughters who attend Illinois Central College, Richwoods, and Washington Gifted. We are both natives to the area but you won't always find us here in Peoria in the summer...we LOVE to travel during the summer. We frequent Lake of the Ozarks, Seagrove Beach, Florida, and Crystal River, Florida. Around town, you'll see us walking our dogs, riding our bikes, or on the sidelines and fields of the area soccer fields. I am also a certified archery coach and have 3 seasons under my belt. It looks possible that I may be adding to that number this year. When I'm not cheering on my kids at their soccer games, cross country meets, musical performances or other activities, you'll find me enjoying time in the kitchen, reading, thrifting, or enjoying the outdoors. I look forward to getting to know you all this year and what you enjoy as well! I should also tell you this now: I LOVE WORD PROBLEMS. I LOVE PROBLEM SOLVING. No matter what your comfort level or love level of math is, I will do my best this year to get you to proudly say those two bold sentences above. See you all in August!