Ms. Crys Hodgens has been an educator for eighteen years. She has spent seventeen years at Sparkman where she has taught English 11, English 12, AP Language & Composition, Writer's Workshop, and Mythology.
She has served as a reader for the AP Language and Composition exam for the last four summers and has been a NMSI trainer, which has allowed her to work with teachers across the U.S. She has also been a presenter at NCTE, presenting with teachers from three other states on how to use social media to build a professional network.
While this is her first year as a library-media specialist, she has spent the majority of her teaching career helping students find books that kindle their interest in the written word. She believes that the library is the heart of the school, and that it is imperative that she work with teachers and students to provide the materials they need to be successful.
Before becoming a teacher, she worked in the hotel business, following in her mom's footsteps. She began working at the front desk of the Tudor Hotel, located in South Miami Beach, and when she returned to Huntsville to begin college, she worked for Holiday Inn. She first worked at the front desk and then moved into the sales office where she was a sales coordinator, responsible for writing contracts, organizing meetings, wedding receptions, etc. She loved every moment of it; however, her heart was set on teaching.
Ms. Hodgens earned her Master's in Library and Informational Studies from The University of Alabama, and she looks forward to making Sparkman's library-media center one of the best in the state.