Alumnus Teacher Featured in College Board Report

    The College Board and Phi Delta Kappa International featured Steven Crawford '98 in a recent report as one of eight teachers who "epitomize the profession's most admirable qualities."

    The report, Teachers are the Center of Education, is meant to acknowledge the hard work of teachers while noting challenges faced in today's schools. Eight teachers from across the country, nominated by College Board members and staff, were profiled with articles and photos that showcase a day in their work lives.

    Crawford teaches Spanish at Bellevue (Wash.) High School, where he encourages his students to chat, but never in English. "This Spanish teacher is trying to impart a real understanding of the language's mechanics along with an appreciation for the culture," and he has an "ability to draw out otherwise guarded adolescents in Spanish conversation," according to the College Board.

    "Like so many excellent teachers out there, Steven inspires students to achieve - to want more for themselves and to require it of themselves - and that is the essence of this project," said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board. "It's good for the public to get a glimpse of what's right about public education, and we believe that starts with the most crucial force in learning: our teachers."

    Crawford majored in history and Spanish at Willamette before going on to get a master's in education at Seattle University. He served in the Peace Corps before joining the teaching staff at Bellevue High seven years ago.

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