Meet Crystal Hurt, Teaching and Learning Coordinator  

August 17, 2016
I credit my grandmother for my love of literacy. She loved taking me to bookstores for my birthday, and I began collecting books for a library of my own at a very young age--thus began my love for reading and writing. After teaching for the past seven years, first at Lexington in 9-12 English and ELL, then at Pleasanton in 7-12 English, Drama, Speech, and Journalism, I have learned that giving away books and sharing my love of literacy is far more rewarding than book hoarding. 

I grew up in Ansley, Nebraska, and currently reside in Broken Bow with my significant other, Clay, who is a fifth generation farmer, and our two kitties, Butler and C.C. (Cindy Clawford). I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I competed on the UNL Speech & Debate Team, cultivating my passion for public speaking and performance. This past summer, I completed my graduate degree as a PK-12 Reading Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  

I have a younger brother who lives near Omaha and works in Industrial Distribution. I love to garden and can vegetables, hone my green thumb skills, cook for family and friends, read (preferably in the sun), enjoy the water at my dad’s cabin on Sherman Lake, and attend concerts. I look forward to learning from other teachers and sharing my passion for literacy and technology at the ESU.