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Posted October 4, 2012

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Former District Administrator Jumps Back into the Mid-School Classroom

Kimberly Crabtree of Jackson Mid-School missed teaching and her students, and her dedication to education wins her the Pepsi/APS Education Foundation Teacher of the Month award.

Kimberly Crabtree just couldn’t stay away.

The eighth grade math teacher at Jackson Middle School returned to the classroom after a five-year gig as a district administrator, working as an instructional coordinator for secondary schools.

Her passion for teaching and her dedication to students is what earned her the title of Pepsi/APS Education Foundation Teacher of the Month.

After 16 years of teaching middle school, Crabtree thought she’d try her hand at central administration. But when she saw how quickly education was evolving, she longed to get back to the classroom. She longed to teach, and to learn. She was especially excited to use all of the technology that has become available in the past few years.

“It’s changed the way I teach,” Crabtree said. “It’s amazing, interactive, real. It’s something the students can relate to. You can’t just give them a ditto anymore.”

Crabtree recalls one of her first days back in the classroom when she asked her students to get their calculators to figure out convergences and they all whipped out their cell phones.

“I didn’t want to be removed from that anymore. Teaching’s a hard job, but it’s rewarding.”

Pepsi, in partnership with the APS Education Foundation, recognizes APS teachers for their outstanding contribution to the classroom, school and community. The Foundation randomly selects one APS school each month, and that school’s principal is asked to choose a teacher to be honored. The teacher receives a $100 check from Pepsi and acknowledgment on the APS website, Facebook page and electronic billboards.

Jackson Principal Ann Piper chose Crabtree because of her passion for education and her devotion to her students. Crabtree was surprised with the recognition at a staff meeting.

“We want to thank all of you for what you do for our kids. Know that your work doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated,” said Pepsi representative Adrian Chavez. “Day after day, month after month, year after year, kids come out of APS better prepared to be a part of our community.”

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