Mrs. Crystella Morales | Junior High Principal
Born and raised in the small town of Lamesa, Texas, I value community and church life. Growing up, I have experienced every sort of educational setting imaginable. From public schools to private Christian schools, to homeschooling with and without a support group. From my experiences, I have learned that education can happen in any setting. Whether learning happens or not mostly depends on the attitudes and habits of the learner.
In high school, I excelled academically and dreamed of going to college. But upon walking across the stage, I entered the world of employment. My family was not able to send me to college. Having never pursued higher education themselves, they were unaware of the possibilities and resources available. I worked for the next ten years, lived at home, and contributed to the family. I worked for five years in a local printing company and the next five years as the Warden’s Secretary for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Preston E. Smith Unit.
In my last year of working at the prison, I met my husband, David Morales, who was a parole officer. I resigned from my position, married David, and moved to San Angelo. David insisted that I go to college. I was almost 30 years old when I began to live out my dream of going to college. For me, stepping onto a college campus was a great privilege and honor. I felt so blessed to be able to pursue a degree. I worked very hard during this time. Not only was I going to college full-time, but also growing a family. During my six years of college, David and I had three children. Aside from marrying David, having my three beautiful children was the best thing that ever happened! During this time I also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a 3.7 GPA and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a 3.9 GPA.
I decided to pursue a career in Education because I have always cared about how children learn. Having children of my own, I knew that education would consume at least the next 20 years of my life. I wanted to make a difference and I believe that I am having a positive daily impact on kids. Sometimes the interactions are disciplinary in nature, but love is at the heart of everything I do.
I have had the privilege of teaching many students in San Angelo, but the best school I have ever had the privilege of serving in has been TLCA. I love the spirit and high work ethic that is entreated upon every student and staff member at TLCA. Every student has value beyond words, and I treat my students just as I would want someone to treat my own children. I am blessed to be able to go to school every day and love the job that I am doing. It is my prayer to continue to be a blessing and be blessed by my daily interactions with the precious students that I am privileged to work with every day.
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