Mrs. Crystal Washington, 2022-2023

EMS Teacher of the Year Winner, 2022-2023

Mrs. C. Washington

Crystal Washington
8th grade ELA


I was born, raised, and educated in the beautiful, historic city of Savannah, Georgia. I attended Savannah State University where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Language, and Literature. I also attended Armstrong Atlantic University where I obtained my teaching certification in Middle Grades and Secondary Education, holding a specialization in English: grades 6-12. I have a diverse, experienced background in education that includes receiving the Reading Endorsement, Gifted Endorsement, and the Georgia S.T.E.M. Institute training certification. I began my teaching career in Chatham County Public Schools, but am ecstatic for this opportunity to educate, learn, and expand in the Effingham County School district.   

My philosophy of teaching is that every child is deserving and capable of learning. I pledge to create an instructional environment that promotes literacy, high-level critical thinking, logical reasoning, problem solving, and enhanced creativity. Additionally, I pledge to foster a nurturing, safe environment where students feel free to express themselves within a space of respect, compassion, leadership, and integrity. Every voice counts. Every voice will be heard. 

I have been married for 10 years and have three wonderful children. Nothing is more precious than the time I spend with my family. I am active in my church, enjoy reaching out to help the community,  and love to fellowship with others. I believe that laughter is the best medicine for the soul. I pride myself in seeing beauty in the ordinary whether it's admiring a bright, orange sunset or the honest, endearing smile of a stranger.