by Zoey Petersen/Staff Writer
Photo Caption: Angela Crumlin, math teacher at GCHS, stays after school to help her students succeed in math.
Some math teachers have reverted to the good old whiteboard and markers to teach this subject most people would call complicated. Not Mrs. Angela Crumlin. She has bubbles that she blows to help kids de-stress. She has a tool belt around her waist to ensure she has everything she could need at any given moment. Not everyone can be happy when they are going into math class, but when students are on their way to Mrs. Crumlin’s room, their opinion changes.
Mrs. Crumlin’s love for math came from a struggle with spelling. That might not make sense, but to elaborate, she never wrote her spelling words down to practice them; she would always practice vocally. Practicing vocally didn’t help her to succeed in spelling, but writing everything down made her realize her love for problem solving. Once she realized that writing math down helped her to solve the problem, her love for it grew. After that, helping people was just instinct.
Mrs. Crumlin refers to herself as the “Energizer Bunny” and some of her co-workers agree. “I admire her energy. She has so much of it,” Ms. Kristin Harker, fellow math teacher, said.
Mrs. Michelle Marler, another math teacher, concurred. “Her energy makes her a good teacher, and how she really cares about her students. She’s really aware of what kids need.”
Not only is she a great teacher, she’s a good friend. Mrs. Marler recounted how she has gone to Mrs. Crumlin for advice when it comes to her kids. “She’s got more experience than me,” Marler noted. Mrs. Marler has worked with Mrs. Crumlin for 18 years now, and what she admires most is her “love of life.” Mrs. Marler has learned how to be a great teacher while working with Mrs. Crumlin. “She works really hard and sets a great example on what it means to be a great teacher.”
Ms. Harker has learned a thing or two from Mrs. Crumlin as well, like better organizational skills. Better yet, Ms. Harker has asked Mrs. Crumlin, “about specific student situations, to see if she would’ve made the same decision. She has a lot more experience than me.” It seems that Mrs. Crumlin is a go-to for advice on professional and personal situations. Mrs. Harker has also noticed how Mrs. Crumlin was able to “adapt to different environments” when the pandemic made everything electronic. “She learned how to use the technology in order to be there for her students. She provides a lot of resources,” Harker said.
Mrs. Crumlin has clearly influenced others in her department and one can see her dedication and love for her craft. One may walk into her classroom apprehensive about math, but one will likely walk out with confidence. She helps students to realize, “Math is your power. iIf you can do math you can do anything,” as Mrs. Crumlin says.