Crystal Humphries

Guest Blogger

Community Engagement Manager, Brilliant Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

Crystal Humphries is the Community Engagement Manager with Brilliant Detroit, a nonprofit where she coordinates with Detroit communities to help set goals and actions for early childhood learning so that all kids are kindergarten-ready. She is no stranger to working with inner-city youth and families. Having spent 14 years as an educator in Detroit and Las Vegas, she has been acknowledged for having exceptional parental support and high student achievement. Passionate about empowering parents, caregivers, families and community members, Crystal synchronizes the relationship between them, local businesses, schools, civic and community groups along with other groups within the community, to foster a community where kid success is not only a priority but a reality.

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Posted Apr. 11, 2018

I’ve Done More to Help Students and Parents Than I Ever Did During My 15 Years in the Classroom

The day that I ended my career as a teacher, I woke up as a parent. I had taught for…

By Crystal Humphries

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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

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