Teacher Profile: Crystal Pullen

Crystal and family

Crystal and her family.

Courses Taught at NCVPS

Personal Finance

Additional jobs

In addition to teaching with NCVPS, I homeschool my two children. 🙂 NCVPS’s student centered approach to education mirrors how I approach my children’s education.

Teaching Experience

I have been teaching 17 years, 10 years of that with NCVPS.

Experience as an Online Student

I completed the majority of my course work for Workforce Development Education online through ECU. It was a wonderful experience that made the most of the technology available at the time. Lessons were often videos of the instructor and assignment submissions were video or audio recordings. There was a great deal of collaboration among students within the course as well. I appreciate the experience of being on the other side of the computer and believe it has benefited my students as I better understand their challenges and struggles.

Advice to Online Students

My advice to students on being successful in an online class is to communicate with their teachers and their classmates. It sounds trite, but the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. If you’re struggling with the course, the content, school, or life, speak up, ask for help. If you’re bored or what to know more, speak up. And especially, if you love your course and your teacher, please let your teacher know!

Favorite Internet Sites

My favorite Internet sites are related to cooking low carbohydrate foods. I spend most of my time on the YouTube Channel, Cooking Keto with Kristie. Kristie’s videos are fun to watch and the recipes are delicious and easy to prepare. The recipes helped make my transition to low carb eating pleasurable!

Gadgets and Things

My favorite gadget is my iPhone because with the one device I am able to connect with people, work, find where I am going, research any topic and play games.

What was a goal that you had this semester?

One goal I had for this summer was to make our new house feel like home. I expected this would take the entire summer, but I have been pleasantly surprised. With the help of many friends, our move went smoothly, and they continued to pitch in when it came to moving furniture again and again until it felt just right. I have a friend who is an incredible designer. She stops in a few times a week to visit and while she rearranges my house, I cook low carb goodies for her. I’m not sure it is all the arranging that’s gone on or the house always being full of people, but it already seems like home!

What is your favorite book?

I don’t think I’ve ever met a book I didn’t like. Growing up, I would read anything, even the back of a cereal box, and get lost in it. I love printed books, but ebooks tend to be more affordable, so I buy more ebooks.

Favorite Music

I have many favorite songs and musicians, so I’m going to take the easy way out and say my favorite band is The Molly Ringwalds, an 80s’ tribute band. If you ever get a chance to see them live, don’t miss it!! Take your children as well!

Favorite Shows

I rarely watch TV or movies. Most often the movies I run to the theatre to see are of books that have been made into movies.

Personal Note

I love what I do. I spend my day teaching my students across the state and my own children, helping them to become their best, supporting them as they overcome obstacles to finding success. I can’t imagine anything better!

The Future of Learning

I believe we will continue the trend to more online and blended learning opportunities for all ages as resources become more precious. Education systems are becoming more strategic about how their money is spent and online education with well-supported and trained instructors is a cost effective way to provide a variety of content to students. I also see the work we do as online educators and content developers seeping into all career fields as business and industry take their training online as well.

Advice to Online Teachers

My advice to new online teachers is to never underestimate the power of a strong connection and I don’t mean an Internet connection although that is a necessity as well. Building a relationship with a student from the beginning will help them come to you when things aren’t going well. Building a relationship with a parent will allow them to trust you if you need to approach them with a concern. Don’t wait until an issue arises to try to build a rapport with them, by then it is too late.