Vote Krystal Watson for QuickSchools Teacher of the Year 2012!

Help Krystal Watson win the inaugural QuickSchools Teacher of the Year awardTo all teachers out there, we salute you! is a fully-online school management system.

Krystal Watson is a Rockstar Teacher!

Ms Watson teaches Middle School Reading at Annoor Academy in Knoxville, TN. Here’s what Elisha had to say about Ms Watson in her nomination entry.

This teacher not only teaches her class, but also gives up many of her planning periods to help students who are struggling in lower grades. She handles all the special programs at the school ESL, standardized testing, Acclerated Reader, IXL, and enrichment classes. She is also on the Accreditation committee that is working toward getting our school accredited.

Ms Watson – you are awesome!

We then asked Ms Watson a few questions…

How did you get into teaching?

From the time I was a little girl I knew I would someday be a teacher.  In elementary school when someone asked what I wanted to be I said a teacher and that followed me to the present.  I had some really great teachers who made such an impact on me that I knew I wanted to be like them and follow in their footsteps.  Those teachers to this day are still my role models and I credit them with my decision to become a teacher.  In addition, to the fact my parents have always emphasized the value of education and expressed the extremely valuable role of a teacher in a student’s life.

What do you hope for your students?

My hope for my 8th grade students is that they become confident and well-rounded individuals as they proceed on to high school.  I hope that my students are well grounded and able to withstand the adversity which faces them as minorities and hold strong to their faith.  I hope they leave Annoor Academy with their head held high and are able to recognize that the future is filled with endless possibilities.  I devote my heart and soul to my students but the struggling learners have a special place there.  I spend countless hours working with these students in hopes of making a difference.  For these special students I hope they become confident and understand that they have as much potential as any other student.  It is important that these students believe in themselves and never fall victim to the put downs.  The sky’s the limit!!!

Anything you’d like to share with us? e.g. favorite moments, etc.

I would like to share that although I work hard and go the extra mile for my students so do my colleagues.  I have an excellent team of teachers and administrators that I am blessed to work with.  As a team, we do whatever it takes to ensure the students are successful and receive exactly what they need.  My colleagues have supported me through it all and without them it would be impossible to commit the time needed to each and every student I work with. I feel incredibly lucky to work and be part of an excellent and ever-changing school.

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Yes, you can do all four! 🙂

Voting ends at 11.59 pm on Friday May 18, 2012. Winner will be announced on May 25, 2012.

275 thoughts on “Vote Krystal Watson for QuickSchools Teacher of the Year 2012!

  1. Go Krystal!! We all would be lost without her, I love how much effort she puts into helping us with Reading and all of the assessments. The kids are always sad when she’s not in the library for AR class. Thanks for all you do.

  2. I’ve just gotten to know Krystal over the past year on a personal level and I know that everything she said in the interview is true to her heart, beliefs, and values. She obviously has a special gift to work in a difficult environment, yet works tirelessly to provide the best education possible for her students. Proud of you Krystal!

  3. Krystal is an amazing teacher, and I am so blessed to get to work with her and learn from her! She works so hard and really goes the extra mile. Thank you, Krystal!

  4. If you think of a devoted, sincere teacher who would do her very best for each of the students, Krystal is the one.

  5. Krystal is definitely one in a million! Of course some people may think that I am biased. Krystal is a great colleague, mentor and sister. Last year Krystal assisted me in organizing and preparing my room for the first day of the year. We spent weeks in my Classroom but it looked awesome! When school started I needed help with assessing my students. She came in and started assessing all if them. Eventually she would come in and assist my intervention students. For the longest time she developed a bond between many at Annoor Academy and did not ask for anything in return. In late October she was hired and the AR program was up and running. The kids were motivated to read and were begging for more books. Teacher Krystal spent endless days labeling the books with quiz numbers and grade levels to better accommodate the students. Today Krystal is still going over and beyond to accommodate all of her students no matter what she has to do. She is committed to all the programs that she is in charge of and also committed to a small group of students that play a large role in her daily life. She is devoted to her children at home and at school. She definitely deserves to be Teacher of the year!!!!!

  6. I am proud to be Krystal’s principal. Krystal is a very hard working, effective teacher. She has so many responsibilities within the school, and she carries all of them very well. She is cooperative, friendly, and very sweet. I love having her in the school and so does each one of her colleagues.

    • Thank You I think our school and staff is pretty amazing. You are a great support. Love ya!!!

  7. Krystal is an inspiring teacher. She always goes out of her way to help students and fellow teachers! So glad she is being recognized for her hard work at our school!

  8. Krystal is a very good teacher. She’s got a very pleasant personality, and is always there to help. What will we do without you Krystal.

  9. Diane,

    Teaching is never easy but I would never say it’s difficult. I absolutely love teaching and making a difference in the lives of my students. I am blessed to have established so many wonderful bonds with my students, colleagues, and friends. Just as I am blessed to call you my friend. Thanks for the kind words.

  10. Our school is truly blessed to have such a hardworking, kind and caring individual on our team. She has so many responsibilities that she has to juggle, and yet she does so beautifully. Others have said it, but it’s worth repeating that we would be lost without her. More importantly, the students she works so hard for would suffer greatly without her! She’s such a sweetheart and willing to help everyone, and just her devotion to our students are all reasons why she deserves Teacher of The Year!
    Thank you Krystal for all you do. I’m glad you’re getting recognition- you truly deserve this!

  11. The school is blessed to have such a great, loving , selfless and a hard working teacher.I am especially lucky that I have Krystal to talk over my concerns about my struggling students.She is always there for me whenever I need her even though she has her hands full with so many responsibilities.I don’t know what I will do without her.
    Thanks Krystal for every thing!

    • Rehanna,

      I love being there to help and together we do make a difference for these students, They have made so many gains and I am so very proud of them . TEAM WORK: it makes all the difference.

  12. I truely agree. I had a few moments with Krystal but I know how sweet and caring she is….and thank you krystal for your help for our children….. You deserve it……..

    • Thanks I am blessed to work and be a part of AAK. I couldn’t imagine my life without the many people I have met along the way.

  13. I believe that Tr.Krystal is a great role model herself and her student learn the best from her!!

  14. Krystal is a wonderful teacher who not only devotes her time to her students and school, but gives her whole heart. I have loved every moment working with her and I couldn’t imagine our hallways without her. You deserve this Krystal. I am so proud of you and have always believed in your ability to be the best teacher ever! Love you!

  15. You’re an amazing role model for our children. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to their education!

    • Thank You!! That is very kind. I love teaching and making a difference for all students.

  16. Noorayn said, “I vote for you Tr. Krystal. I hope you win! I love you.”
    Rhonda said, “I love you Tr. Krystal you are the best teacher ever!”
    Ashraf said, ” I hope you win and you are the best teacher.”
    Laiyal said, “I hope you win and you are the awesomest teacher and you are sweet.”
    Omayah said, “I love you Tr. Krystal and I hope you win!”
    Sarah Q. said, ” I love you Tr. Krystal and you are the best teacher ever. You are so kind and sweet!”

  17. Omar S. said, ” I love you very, very much! I hope you win!”
    Sarah A. said, ” I love you Tr. Krystal and you are awesome!”
    Youssif said, ” I hope you win and win you get the prize you could give it to me!”
    Ruqayyah said, ” I love you Tr. Krystal and I hope you win the prize.”
    Omar H. said, ” I hope you win and when you win and I reach my goal for Ar you can give the IPAD to me as my reward.”
    Fawzan said, ” I hope you win and you are the Best Teacher!!!!!!!!”
    Tr. Billie said, ” Good Luck and 2nd grade wants you to WIN!!!!!!!”

  18. Krystal is a wonderful teacher, friend,sister,mother, aunt and daughter! who gives her whole heart to what she believes in! She definitely deserves to be Teacher of the year!!!!!

  19. Krystal definitely cares a lot about those around her and puts her whole heart into everything she does, including teaching, from what I can tell.

  20. Krystal has such a heart for her students. She genuinely cares about them as individuals and works hard to identify how each of them learn so she can meet them there. She understands that HER job is not just A job. She is a blessing in its porest form to her students.

      • Thanks Heidi I would understand poorest but purest is even better. Thanks a bunch!!!

  21. Teacher Krystal should be teacher of the year because she is nice and a good teacher!

  22. I don’t know what I can say about Krystal that hasn’t already been said! But, to know Krystal is to love her! I admire her courage, commitment, and compassion, as well as her faith and instructional expertise.

  23. Teacher Krystal is so great!!!!! she deserves to be teacher of the year. and she is so nice. I can prove it that she is going to rock!!!!!! I love you teacher Krystal. You are the best teacher in the world. You have beautiful clothes on when you come to school like a butterfly. you are so smart and kind. How many I love you’s can I say? maybe 1,000,000 !!!!!!! you are so the best.

  24. Teacher Krystal is so great!!!!! she deserves to be teacher of the year. and she is so nice. I can prove it that she is going to rock!!!!!! I love you teacher Krystal. You are the best teacher in the world. You have beautiful clothes on when you come to school like a butterfly. you are so smart and kind. How many I love you’s can I say? maybe 1,000,000 !!!!!!! you are so the are great

    • Thanks Noorayn!! You guys are so special to me and I enjoy working with each and everyone of you. I am truly blessed. 🙂

  25. Tr. Krystal, you’re the best teacher ever!You’re AWESOME!!! YOU ROCK!! Thanx for being such a great teacher. You deserve it! =)

    • Thanks Tashfiya!!! You guys are very special to me and I have absolutely enjoyed being your teacher this year. :))) Middleschool is very entertaining. Lol

      • hahaahahaha o ya we are allsome !!! o ya but not as much as u !!!!! we love you teacher ….!!.ur really truelly alsomest teacher

      • Thanks I appreciate the nice comment and love you guys bunches. 🙂

    • Thanks sweetheart that means the world to me. I have loved teaching middleschool. 🙂

  26. Here’s a special poem dedicated to you:
    Tr. Krystal,
    I’m happy that you’re my teacher;
    I enjoy each lesson you teach.
    As my role model you inspire me
    To dream and to work and to reach.
    With your kindness you get my attention;
    Every day you are planting a seed
    Of curiosity and motivation
    To know and to grow and succeed.
    You help me fulfill my potential;
    I’m thankful for all that you’ve done.
    I admire you each day, and I just want to say,
    As a teacher, you’re number one!

      • Um…..Tr. Krystal, if u think the poem’s written by me, it’s wrong. Sorry, i didnt write the poem, but i really wish i cud write sumthing like that. But each and every word in it is true. I’m really sorry =(. Plz dont be sad. =(

    • Tashfiya it doesn’t matter to me if you wrote it or borrowed it from another author. It’s still very special to me and I do appreciate the effort you went through to find it. I love it regardless and will cherish it. You are an exceptionally sweet and compassionate young lady. Thank You!!!

  27. I really hope you win krystal you deserve more then an I pad . You’re an inspiration your energy, patience,dedication and most of all your humility we should call you wonder teacher .good luck

    • Thank You!!! Your post means so much to me. I would trade it for anything in the world. I love AAK and working with the staf, students, and parents. Thanks again 🙂

  28. Thank you, teacher,
    for being my life’s role model.
    When I consider all you’ve taught me
    and reflect on the kind of person you are,
    I want to be like you—
    smart, interesting and engaging,
    positive, confident, yet unpretentious.
    I want to be like you—
    well-informed and easy to understand,
    thinking with your heart as well as your head,
    gently nudging us to do our best,
    with sensitivity and insight.
    I want to be like you—
    giving your time, energy and talent
    to ensure the brightest possible future
    for each of us.
    Thank you, teacher
    For giving me a goal to shoot for:
    I want to be like you!

  29. krystal is a great teacher! I can always depend on her and trust that she does the right thing,on the right time. She does her work and more. As her principal I vote for her as the teacher of the year.

  30. Krystal you are a true inspiration to many individuals. I am extrmely proud of you. GOOD LUCK and I hope you win.

  31. Keep up the good work! Remember Without teachers there would no other professions. Good Luck !!!!!!!

  32. vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote for tr.krystal come on for me ok you win i will vote for her

  33. I know my Kindergarten students are rooting for you! No one else in this school can keep them as excited about reading as you. I watch them during play time and the girls play “school.” They will argue over who gets to be Teacher Krystal. They look up to you so much.


    The Good Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day of ‘overtime’ and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility for teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children. An angel appeared to Him and said, “You are taking a long time to figure this one out.”

    “Yes,” said the Lord, ” but have you read the specs on this order?”


    …must stand above all students, yet be on their level
    … must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
    … must run on coffee, coke and leftovers,
    … must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
    … must have more time for others than for herself/himself
    … must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
    … must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
    … must have 6 pair of hands.

    “Six pair of hands, ” said the angel, “that’s impossible”
    “Well, ” said the Lord, ” it is not the hands that are the problem. It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!”

    The angel looked incredulous, ” Three pairs of eyes…on a standard model?”

    The Lord nodded His head, ” One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher’s head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known. The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she ‘acts out’ in order to reflect, ” I understand and I still believe in you”,
    without so much as saying a word to the child.”

    “Lord, ” said the angel, ” this is a very large project and I think
    you should work on it tomorrow”.

    “I can’t,” said the Lord, ” for I have come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that comes to work when he/she is sick…..teaches a class of children that do not want to learn….has a special place in his/her heart for children who are not his/her own…..understands the struggles of those who have difficulty….never takes the students for granted…”

    The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating.
    “It is too soft-hearted, ” said the angel.

    “Yes,” said the Lord, ” but also tough, You can not imagine what this teacher can endure or do, if necessary”.

    “Can this teacher think?” asked the angel.

    “Not only think,” said the Lord,. “but reason and compromise.”

    The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger
    over the teacher’s cheek.

    “Well, Lord, ” said the angel, your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that you were putting too much into this model.
    You can not imagine the stress that will be placed upon the teacher.”

    The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the teacher’s cheek.
    It shone and glistened in the light.

    “It is not a leak,” He said, “It is a tear.”

    “A tear? What is that?” asked the angel, “What is a tear for?”

    The Lord replied with great thought, ” It is for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task. It is for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves. It comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students
    and get ready to welcome a new class.”

    “My, ” said the angel, ” The tear thing is a great idea…You are a genius!!”
    The Lord looked somber, “I didn’t put it there.”

  35. The most admired teacher
    Would be caring, kind and smart.

    She’d always have her students’
    Best interests in her heart.

    She’d help us love to learn.
    Her lessons would be clear.

    She’d motivate with praise,
    And always be sincere.

  36. “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” — Carl Jung
    Teachers play a vital role on everybody’s lives. They help us a lot to learn and they deserve respect from us! good luck Krystal

  37. Congrats on this recognition;it is well deserved. Your patience and support is much appreciated.

  38. Teacher Krystal is nice and sweet. She is awesome and she should be queen of AAK:).
    She helps with AR and IXL. She is really fun and gives us parties if we meet our goal in AR.
    She is so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Tr. Krystal u r soooooooooooo awesome ,nice, and special to me. You encouraged me a whole lot this year. Thanks 4 everything! <3

  40. I dreamed I stood in a studio
    And watched two sculptors there,
    The clay they used was a young child’s mind
    And they fashioned it with care.

    One was a teacher:
    the tools she used were books and music and art;
    One was a parent
    With a guiding hand and gentle loving heart.

    And when at last their work was done,
    They were proud of what they had wrought.
    For the things they had worked into the child

    You are a great inspiration; thanks for all you do for my family.

  41. It’s great to see all these great posts that many have posted. Words can’t describe what a blessing it is to have you in the AAK family. You are a motivator to many of our students and my kids have grown to love reading even more; and they look forward to see how close they are to meeting their goal and the rewards as well 😉 Your patience, enthusiasm and loyalty to your job is very obvious to many. Good luck and u deserve this!!

  42. You are such a great role model and a wonderful teacher. Thanks for all you do to support your students.

  43. Tr. Krystal is an an amazing teacher. She helped me learn a lot and believe in myself when I was at my lowest point. She has motivated me to read and to love reading. Thank You!!! I love ya!!!

  44. Teacher Krystal is my current teacher (i am in 8th grade at Annoor Academy).Teacher Krystal is one of the best teachers i have had. She helps us when we need help, she cheers us up when we are down, and she also there when we are upset and she calms us down. Teacher Krystal if you are reading this you are a teacher but you love us like your children and well YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!
    LOVE YA! 😀 🙂

  45. Teacher Krystal is an amazing and wonderful teacher.She’s helpful,supportive and loving.She’s one of the best teachers In Annoor Academy.I appreciate everything she does for me and my class.Tr.Krystal is just pure awesomeness! <3 <3 <3

  46. Tr. krystal you is amazing she teaches us reading everyday and sometimes she gives us candy// 🙂


  48. Krystal is an amazing individual. I have known her for many years. She is an inspiration to many because of her determination. The steepest mountain will never be too high because she will never allow anything to get in her way. I am so proud of Krystal and all of her hard work at school and at home. Good Luck!!!!

  49. I am so proud of you. I told your dad when you graduated that you would be an amazing teacher. The proof is here. Congratulations.

    • Krystal you know I have to get my babies on here as well. They love you and your family. We may get up there this summer. Good luck.

  50. Congratz to Sarah’s mom. She told me to vote for you because we want you to win and bc you are awesome.

  51. We love her ,, she is the reason Zain enjoys reading .. good Luck Krystal you deserve the best ..

  52. I love you tr. Krystal you are awesome because you help us read you give us certificate and candy and books when we meet our goals you let us go to field trips too thank you . Every body vote for tr. Krystal

  53. I am so happy that Annoor Academy was blessed with such a wonderful teacher like Tr. Krystal. Allah has blessed our school and our children with this wonderful teacher.

  54. Teacher Krystal is the best teacher because she believes in the students at AAK. She offers the students incentives to encourage and motive them to read. The students become competitive with other students and classes. She is a great teacher.

  55. Both of my daughters are at the Anoor Acadmey. Teacher Crystal is responsible on setting up all the exams and many instructional matters. I think Tr. Crystal is absolutely magnificent at everything she does! I am glad my two daughters get their educations from the best! Thank you very much Tr. Crystal.

  56. Teacher Krystal is an amazing teacher…we’re really blessed to have her as on of our teachers 🙂

    Original Author Unknown
    Adaptation for teachers by Charles Nelson and his fellow teachers
    Reprinted from

    Reminds us to look for the good qualities in our students.
    You may be the only teacher who says something positive to them that day.

    Reminds the teacher that they have to be flexible.
    Things don’t always go the way we plan,
    But flexibility will help to work it out.

    Reminds the teacher that sometimes we do more than teach,
    That we help heal hurt feelings, broken dreams,
    And lend an ear to a problem.

    Reminds us to be thankful and we should list our blessings daily,
    But also encourage our students to list their blessings
    And to be proud of their accomplishments.

    Reminds us to allow students to know we are human
    And make mistakes just like they do, and it’s ok.
    We must all be able to learn from our mistakes.

    Reminds us to stick with it
    And encourage our students to do like wise.
    Even the impossible task or assignment can be accomplished
    By sticking to it.

    Reminds us and our students we are worth a mint.
    (We may not be paid a mint, but are worth one.)

    Reminds us that everyone needs a hug,
    Kiss, or warm fuzzy everyday.
    (All teachers, students, parents, and even administrators)

    Reminds us we need time to relax,
    Go over our blessing, and take time for others.
    Family, husbands, wives, friends, children need quality time together.

    A teacher must be willing to show their students how much they care!!!
    and krystal you have always done that!

  58. Ms Krystal you are such a nice person. Fact is your family is too. I miss you and your family and I be praying that you win. Maybe we can visit you all soon.

  59. This is my first semester working for Annoor academy. At first, I met Tr. Krystal to show me things around the school, I thought Annoor academy should be proud to have this didicated and determined teacher. Since that day I noticed she is always there helping and monitoring every one in the school ( teachers and students).
    So Yes, we go for Krystal and her hard work. She deserves to be the teacher of the year in the town.

  60. It seems as though you have already won… regardless of the “official” outcome.

  61. Teacher Krystal rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    She helped us get AR points
    She got the AR points thing for all 120 students

  62. Teacher Krystal one of teachers who knew how to win the hearts of the kids, my daughter Sara one of those kids. because Krystal likes them and reacts with them.

  63. Krystal really deserves to be the best teacher. She is the most loving, passionate, sincere and devoted teacher. She sure made a huge change among the kids by creating a unique learning atmosphere in the school and developed the love for reading among them.
    Krystal, you are the best!!!

    • Thanks the support from the parents, students, and my colleagues means the world to me. 🙂

  64. Tr. Krystal is a patient, sincere, kind and devoted teacher. We are grateful to have her at our school.. 🙂

  65. Krystal has always been a loving, caring and truly devoted individual. Keep up the good work.

  66. Krystal is an amazing person. She goes over and beyond for anyone. I am extremely happy for her on her nomination and will be praying that she wins.

  67. She’s an excellent teacher who strives hard to ensure each of her students needs are met!

  68. If anyone deserves to be teacher of the year, it’s Krystal Watson!! Her kindness, patience, perseverance, and ability to adapt into any grade is amazing!

  69. Go get them Tr. Krystal!!! My first grader loves you! He is an over-acheiver in reading thanks to all your hard work.

  70. Tr.Krystal you deserve it more than anybody does! You deserve the credit and the work you have done! I love you Tr.Krystal<3!

  71. Great work! Keep up the excellent work it’s already paid off for the students. You have made an incredible difference.

  72. I knew you could do it! You make such an incredible difference for those kids. So proud of your work. 🙂

  73. vote for tr.kystal no yes no yes no yes no yes no yes i can go on for ages no yes no yes no fiine i will vote for tr.krystal you are good like tr.krystal

  74. I love you the best teacher ever I you aak’s people and i are blessed to have you as our teacher teaching aak an me you are awesome kind sweet nice helpful you taught me a lot of stuff such as learning and reading you are honest you deserve to be the teacher of the year you keep me happy and exited you never got me mad or sad vote for teacher Krystal as teach of the year you are the best teacher ever and in the world from: Sarah qaddo 2nd grade aak of Knoxville the best school in the world because teacher krystal made it the awesomest and because she is awesome and she made it awesome too to: tr. Krystal the awesomest teacher in the world and ever too love to you Sarah qaddo every-one should love you because you are awesome

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