Faculty Spotlight: Crystal Lange

Meet Crystal Lange!! Crystal is a new faculty member this year at MSR. As a Permanent Substitute, she will be providing coverage for teachers and supporting students in classrooms. She is pictured here with her husband, Benjamin, and children, Carsten, Zoe, Soren and Gabrie. We are so excited to welcome Soren (UE I) and Gabrie (CH IV Ext. Day) to MSR as well! Be sure to say HI to Crystal when you see her around campus!

Tell us about your summer!
This summer was low key, we did a few day trips in the area and really spent a lot of time rebuilding our family structure and identifying ways our family can function better as a cohesive unit.

Tell us a bit more about yourself!
1. What three traits define you?

2. What is your personal philosophy?
I believe that everyone has a unique purpose and that purpose is to bring some measure of positive change in our culture and/or in the life of someone else.

3. What are you listening to/reading these days?
Reading The Esther Anointing by Michelle McClain Walters and Safe House by Joshua Straub.

4. Do you have any pets? What kind?
Yes, Ethan, our bearded dragon!

5. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
Relax, try a new restaurant or recipe and just sit on my deck and take in the beauty of creation.

6. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Italy. My dear friend of 18 years and I had not seen each other in several years and just needed a girls getaway!! Italy is full of beauty and history.

7. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Value your family and your friends by spending quality time with them and don’t hold grudges against people!

8. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I am an only child and I really did not enjoy it growing up. When I was 12, I was determined that when I grew up and got married, I was going to have a big family.

9. Who is/are your biggest inspiration/s?
I’m inspired by people that live with integrity, and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

10. Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I earned a B.S. in psychology from James Madison University and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.

11. Ten years ago, where did you think you would be now?
In a school somewhere in the world, surrounded by children.

12. What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?
Pay it forward. When people are intentionally doing good for others not just to get something but solely motivated by love and care.

13. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t a teacher?
I would serve in and build orphanages.

14. What is your favorite thing about working at MSR?
The peaceful work environment and the way the staff is encouraged to pursue further learning and experiences.

15. What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to your students?
Never allow negative words from others shape who you are. Know that you are valuable and significant.