Teacher Feature: Central’s Crim works to open communication

Key to positive environment for all students

Emilee Crim, pre-kindergarten teacher at Central Elementary School. (Photo provided)

Editor’s Note: Yukon Public Schools’ 11 “Teacher of the Year” finalists are being profiled in The Yukon Progress. Finalists were selected by peers to represent their school sites. A committee of past YPS winners and professional development representatives will select the Teacher of the Year with the winner announced at a March 26 banquet.

Emilee Crim was awarded the honor of being Central Elementary’s 2019-20 Teacher of the Year. This is Crim’s sixth year teaching at Central Elementary. She taught one year of second grade and the other five years she has taught pre-kindergarten.

Crim did her student teaching at Central Elementary and prior to her student teaching, she taught English abroad in South Korea. There Crim, along with a translator, taught English to students in kindergarten through fifth grade as an extracurricular activity.

Crim is a proud Yukon Miller graduate.

After graduating from Yukon, she continued her education and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with honors. Crim received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She is a member of Central’s Leadership Team and their Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust (OETT) Grant Recipient Team.

Crim helps model and set expectations for their new equipment along with explaining the technology to her team and fellow educators.

For three out of the five years of teaching pre-kindergarten at Central, Crim has been the inclusion teacher. She has co-taught with the pre-kindergarten DD teacher to provide the most engaging and effective classroom environment for all students.

“The only way for inclusion to work is open communication between the teachers,” Crim said. “Communication is the key to a positive environment for all the students.”