Montgomery educator ends school year strong

Class Act: Montgomery teacher ends school year strong
Crayton with students before summer vacation starts (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Crayton with students before summer vacation starts (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Mr. Crayton wins the Class Act award! (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Mr. Crayton wins the Class Act award! (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - This school year may be wrapping up, but that's not stopping one Montgomery educator from continuing to put 110 percent of his time and energy towards the kids he serves, and his name is Kris Crayton.

Crayton, a collaborative teacher at Jeff Davis High School, decided to pursue a career in education after he was inspired by someone from his own academic journey.

"The reason I decided to become an educator was because an educator played an important role in my life," Crayton said. "It was a teacher by the name Bobby Hall; he was my coach, he was my mentor, and without him there is no telling where I would be. I felt as though I could give back in the same manner that he gave to me, and that was to educate."

Through his teaching methods, Mr. Crayton is helping students build confidence in themselves. He does it all so these teens will have the tools necessary to excel later on in their lives after graduation.

"Once you are educated, it opens up a whole new mindset and with that - that's the language of the world," Crayton said. "Education is the language of the world to me, and once you actually are educated there is nothing that you can't do."

After six years of putting both heart and soul into his work, it's humbling to Crayton to know his determination and desire to always go the extra mile for his students is being noticed.

"You know - nobody ever comes out and lets you know 'hey - you're doing a good job' so just to know this (now)... I am doing something right," he said.

Congratulations Mr. Crayton, you're this week's Class Act!

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