Kathy Crawford, All Star Teacher 2007
Life has changed dramatically for me since I
was named an All-Star PFA instructor in 2007. Since that time I
began a new job with Project Fit as a regional trainer, became
a two time grand mother, and retired from my job with the Savannah
R-III schools. While not quite old enough to retire, it was a good
decision for me and my growing family. Here are a few of the things
I’ve got going on in my life right
I have trained and ran in 3 half marathons and a full marathon. My
husband, Kelly, son, Tyler, daughter, Jessi, and daughter in law,
Amy, have all ran in marathons, making it a family activity. Lessons
learned from persistence in Project Fit America gave me the confidence
and tenacity to go those 26.2 miles. I plan to do another next winter
An incident at my school prompted me to get involved with the volunteer
CASA program in Buchanan County. A CASA is a court appointed special
advocate for children in foster care. It is my job to be a voice
for the children and report to the judge on how the child or children
are doing in foster care and make suggestions and recommendations
for the good of the children. Not teaching this year has given me
the time to be more involved with this important program.
Travel has also been a focus for me and my husband. We recently traveled
to Alaska on an adventure vacation where we kayaked, hiked, whitewater
rafted, and mountain biked! This year to celebrate 30 years of marriage
we are planning a trip to hike on the AP trail.
My pride and joy is watching my son grow into the profession of physical
education. He has been a physical education teacher in Fulton MO
for the last 4 years. I have had the opportunity to watch and teach
with him a few times, and while I hate to say it; I think he is better
than me. No, I know he is, and it makes me extremely proud.
Not teaching this year has been a hard experience for me, as I loved
my students and my influence in their active lives. I miss school
life and the challenges of education. I live in the same small community
and keep track of them through local news and word of mouth.
Being a grandmother has brought a new joy to my life I didn’t
know was possible. I have two beautiful grand boys that melt my heart.
Kaler is 19 months old and Cade is 9 months. Nana is always ready
and willing to help out whenever she is needed.
Working as a trainer and traveling with PFA has been a dream come
true. When I received news that our little school had received the
PFA grant, I made it my goal to become an All-Star. It was a long
and busy road, and I was proud to accept the distinction. However,
words can’t describe how I felt to be asked to join the PFA
team. These teachers happen to be the best in the nation (I know
I’ve seen them in action), and I had been asked to join them!
I couldn’t believe it; I might as well have died and gone to
heaven. The first time I met with them I felt like I had returned
to the mother ship where there were people who shared my enthusiasm
and love for physical education and understood “my language”.
What I have learned during the last two years as a trainer is that
all kids are the same wherever I go, from the smallest school to
the largest, kids love physical education and are hungry for quality
time in physical education, and I love to provide teachers with tools
to help their students.
I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I have plans
to continue to accomplish great things. I would love to hear from
any of my in-service schools or anyone else that loves to teach!
God Bless and Get Busy, Kathy