Oracle School District 2 has a new Assistant Principal, Crystle Gallegos. Ms. Gallegos is a Tucson native. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from the University of Arizona and Master of Education from Northern Arizona. While attending the U of A, she was a baton twirler with the U of A Marching Band. She taught Social Studies to 7th and 8th grade students in the Flowing Wells School District and has served as an Assistant Principal the past five years.
As an Assistant Principal, she has experience supporting grades K-12, implementing a successful PBIS program, college and career readiness initiatives, development of community partnerships, and earning the Arizona Education Foundation’s A+ School of Excellence Award.
Crystle is single and lives with her Labrador mix dog, Elliot. She also has a “wonderful niece named Bella.” She likes reading, especially historical fiction, cycling, hiking and yoga.
“I always loved school, so when the time came to declare a major, teaching made the best sense,” she told the Miner. “I aim to pay it forward. I was blessed to have caring teachers and mentors. I aspire to be a caring influence for kids.”
Ms. Gallegos had this to say about her career choice and philosophy: “Since transitioning from the classroom to school leadership several years ago, people often ask if I miss teaching. My response is, ‘I teach every day!’ Each time a student is sent to my office for a variety of reasons, I view our conversation as a learning opportunity for the student. When I work with teachers to challenge students and plan meaningful instruction, I influence student achievement. When I speak with parents and advocate for our school in the community, I help connect adults with the magic that takes place in our classrooms each day.”
“I recently heard the following quote from motivational speaker Josh Shipp and it has shaped my vision for the 2017-2018 school year, ‘Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.’ With great enthusiasm, I thank you for choosing Mt. Vista K-8 School. Together, I look forward to focusing on each individual student and supporting them as they write their success story.”
Crystle believes that communication with families, the community, school staff, and students is very important. She can be reached via Email at email@example.com and in the Mt. Vista office at 520-896-3003.