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At Skyline Prep, we believe great teachers are the foundation of a strong education. The success of our students begins with giving our teachers the professional development, empowerment and resources they need to be highly effective.

As the new year is underway, we want to introduce you to some of the teachers from the Skyline Prep family. Today: meet Crystal Henning, our 9th-12th grade History teacher.

Read on to learn why Crystal chose to teach at Skyline Prep, what she enjoys most about being a teacher, and the #1 concept she strives to teach, both in and out of the classroom.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I am an Arizona State University (ASU) graduate in Secondary Education, with an interest in History. My love for teaching history comes from the years traveling the world with my parents while my dad served in the United States Navy. I have been to 15 countries and 45 U.S. States. My passion for teaching history enriches my students learning.

As a teacher, what attracted you to Skyline Prep.

I truly believe in our vision statement; that we “encourage Academics, Arts & Athletics to ALL Students.

What do you find most rewarding about being a teacher.

I mold the minds of our future. Every day I advocate for my students and I am not only their teacher, but someone they can count on. 

Without empathy, history cannot be obtained. 

Who (or what) inspired you to become a teacher.

My inspiration came from noticing that I wanted to help promote change for AZ, and who I could make a difference in a student’s life. I wanted to be the teacher that I did not have in High School, the teacher that was not there for me or did not care if I was excelling or not. I wanted to become a mentor, an educator and advocate for the future leaders of this country. I wanted to inspire the uninspired.

What do you like to do in your free time.

I love to watch sports, either on the TV or in person. Hockey, Football and Baseball.  I also love to sing. 

How do you inspire your students to love History.

I teach History, Government and Economics, I instill fun activities and try to help them see that History can be exciting and engaging. I try to explain to them that in order to achieve greatness they have to expand the minds. 

What is your favorite topic or concept to teach.

I love teaching Government and WWII. Empathy is a concept that I try to instill into my students. Without empathy, history cannot be obtained. 

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