Chrystalla Cruz

Preschool Teacher


B.A., Early Childhood Studies (Child and Family)
The University of Western Sydney, Australia
Teacher since 2010

How many years have you worked at Oak Grove?

2020 was my first year at Oak Grove.

Why do you work at Oak Grove?

It’s undeniable that Oak Grove, with its beautiful outdoor spaces for children to explore and create, would be a wonderful setting in which to work. My even greater desire, though, is to be part of a nurturing environment for children and teachers alike where authentic, meaningful learning takes place.

A quote that inspires your approach to your job.

“May your heart always be joyful. May your song always be sung.” – Bob Dylan

Where is your special spot on campus?

Walking the path through the oak grove.

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee in the morning, tea at night.

What makes an Oak Grove education unique?

In preschool, teachers work together to gently guide the development of the “whole child” through an emergent curriculum. We foster creativity, thinking and problem-solving skills, questions, experimentation, and open-ended play.

What outdoor experience has been most impactful for you?

Anytime I visit Joshua Tree.

The best live music performance/concert you ever attended is …

Seeing Depeche Mode play at the Troubadour was surreal.

Which teacher in your life affected you greatly? How?

My third grade teacher Mrs. Bradley had the same essence as Mr Rogers. She was gentle, kind, compassionate, inspiring, and had such a fun way of telling stories! She would sing to us in German and always encouraged me to ask questions about the world. Mrs. Bradley introduced me to some of my favorite children’s authors, like Mem Fox, Pamela Lofts, and Roald Dahl. Thank you for being a true inspiration, Mrs. Bradley.

Person (dead or alive, famous or not) that you’d most like to share a meal with.

My mom and dad.

Name a place you’ve always wanted to visit, but haven’t yet.

Cyprus and Egypt.

Share a hilarious OGS experience.

I haven’t had one… yet…