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Crystal Tyus Joins JC Schools Team as Lawson Elementary Administrative Intern

Jefferson City School District today announced Crystal Tyus, an experienced elementary school teacher, will join Lawson Elementary School as a new administrative intern.

As an administrative intern, Crystal will support the building principal in building management, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She is joining the JC Schools team with 17 years of experience in education, the majority of which has been in the classroom as an elementary teacher. 

“Crystal brings a wealth of knowledge and teaching experience to our elementary administrative team,” said Lorie Rost, assistant superintendent of elementary education. “Those who have previously worked with Crystal describe her as a dedicated and passionate educator who strives to connect with students and families. She is a people-person and does a fantastic job forming strong relationships. Crystal is innovative, and she’s a go-getter when it comes to helping students and staff be successful.”

Crystal started her teaching career in 2003 at Decatur Public Schools in Decatur, Ill. She then went on to work for Columbia Public Schools as a Student Advocate, supporting students and their families and working together with them toward the goal of student success. In the role, she also assisted her principal in tackling disciplinary issues. 

She went back to the classroom in 2010 and taught elementary students in Columbia Public Schools for the next decade. 

“We are excited to welcome Crystal Tyus to the Jefferson City School District and our Lawson family,” said Lawson Principal Patricia Tavenner. “Ms.Tyus brings many years of teaching experience to her new role as administrative intern at Lawson Elementary. Upon talking with her, the expertise she has in working with students who are in need of a helping hand is a quality that quickly shines through. Her positive attitude, and the drive she brings to this role, shows the passion she has for helping others and doing what is best for kids.”

In her administrative role at Lawson, Crystal will utilize the vast knowledge and skills she’s developed over the years. 

“One of my goals is to ensure a culture of continuous improvement for students and teachers at Lawson Elementary,” Crystal Tyus said. “I’m also determined to develop an environment that encourages open communication with parents, students, colleagues, and the community.”

Crystal earned her bachelor of science in elementary education from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. in 2001. She also holds a master of science degree in education administration from Eastern Illinois University and an educational specialist degree from William Woods University.