At Crystal, I have been fortunate to be surrounded by motivated, kind, passionate, smart people focused on extracting every possible ounce from their teachers and peers. As a student, could you ask for anything more? Crystal alum
Students at CSUS develop into independent and successful life-long learners by following a program that focuses on skill acquisition and content knowledge. Though the school can be described as academically rigorous, the rewards of such a program can be seen in the daily successes of our students. Whether it is struggling through an analytical essay or an enigmatic laboratory experiment, we believe students learn best in an environment that challenges them to reach beyond what they know to solve problems using the skills they have learned. Students are encouraged to question their teachers, seek new ways toward learning, and discover the complexity of the world around them.
Ned Diamond’s math classes exude a joyful energy which might seem unexpected if you didn’t know how much he encourages learning through play — or games — to be exact. He has also been teaching other educators at local conferences, another testament to this master teacher’s talent. The Gryphon’s Roar editor, Andrea Edwards, sat down with Ned to understand more.
Christy Dillon writes about Patti Syvertson, Crystal’s Director of Sports Medicine and Chair of the Mind Body Program, in her regular column. Patti has made a significant impact on every Upper School student, whether she’s guiding them on health and fitness or helping them to heal.
In her regular faculty-member spotlight, Christy highlights French teacher Sophie Perisic, a born teacher, who brings her varied international experiences and deep empathy for students to her classroom and overseas trips.
Christy captures 7th grade science teacher Brendan Gummerson preparing students to observe exotic wildlife in his classroom. Christy notes that Brendan made it seem a little dangerous (it wasn’t) to build excitement.
Chief Operating Officer Christy Dillon alternates her time between the two campuses. She is excited about what she witnessed on the Middle School campus during the first full week of school. Read on to learn more about some members of our dynamic Middle School faculty.