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Crista McAlester named Edison Middle School Teacher of the Year

Band director Crista McAlester has been selected as the 2021-2022 Edison Preparatory Middle School Teacher of the Year!

One of her nominators said: "Mrs. McAlester always makes sure that every single student feels like they can come to her. Not only does she provide a warm and welcoming environment with her classroom, but also with her personality and character."

McAlester has worked at Edison for three years. She teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced band, as well as marching band, concert band, and middle school jazz band.

"There is a magic that comes with playing an instrument and learning to perform," she said. "That magic is the reason I am where and who I am today. As a natural leader, teaching always felt right for me. It was at a very young 12 years old that I decided to be a band director and now I’m living the dream!"

She said her favorite part of the job is seeing students grow from from sixth grade to senior year. She even gets to help some students prepare auditions for college.

"Anyone interested in fine arts at TPS should come see what we have going on at Edison. We offer experiences and opportunities that will benefit our students in and out of the classroom for a lifetime," said McAlester.