Black History Month Employee Spotlight: Katrina Spottsville
What do you do for Crandall ISD and how long have you worked here?
I am the district's Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, and I have been in this position since November 30, 2020. Part of my job is to educate, support, and be a resource to the students, staff, and families in CISD in all things related to social-emotional learning and well-being.
What motivates you to come to work each day?
What motivates me to come to work each day is being able to positively impact students' lives on a consistent basis. This position allows me time with students and gives me the opportunity to help create programs and procedures to help them thrive and be the best version of themselves. I became an educator because I knew the importance of this type of work and feel blessed to be able to do it.
What three words best describe you?
Positive, consistent, and flexible
Are there any influential African American role models in your life?
There are quite a few that I could name, but if I had to choose, I'd have to say, Maya Angelou. I know she is no longer with us, but her life is a true example of resiliency. In my opinion, she was a trailblazer. Despite her traumatic start, she overcame. By society's standards, she was the one who shouldn't have made it- but she did. She had tenacity. As a result, became an inspiration to us all. Her contributions are astounding, and I think the world is blessed to have had her.
Why do you think celebrating Black History Month is important?
I think celebrating Black History Month is important because it allows all students to learn about African Americans' contributions past and present. Also, it enables African American students to see themselves, their potential, and what's possible. Celebrating Black History month confirms to African American students and all students that there is no limit to their potential and achievements.
What is one childhood lesson that you still carry with you to this day?
A childhood lesson I learned is to treat others the way you want to be treated. It is profoundly simple but true. I learned that people are people and should be treated as such, regardless of their background, status, color, or circumstance.