Mike Crawford: Science Teacher
I grew up in Anaheim, California and moved to San Diego for college, where I received a Bachelor's degree in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from UC San Diego. I then got my teaching credential and Master's degree in Curriculum Design from San Diego State University. I have been teaching 7th and 8th grade science in SDUSD since the year 2000, first at Monroe Clark Middle School, then at Creative, Performing, and Media Arts Middle School, and now at Lewis Middle School. In 2009, I was honored to be awarded SDUSD Middle School Teacher of the Year.
In the classroom, I am a strict but fair teacher. I have high expectations for my students, both academically and as citizens. My goal is to use science as a tool to teach kids the skills they will need to find success in the classroom, in the work place, and in life. Most of my students would say that I am pretty funny and easy to talk to. The greatest compliment I get from students is that they can tell I really care about them, not just as students, but as people.
When I'm not in the classroom, I love being outdoors. I enjoy camping and hiking in the mountains and desert, and snorkeling and bodysurfing at the beach. When my aging body allows it, I love to play water polo, soccer, and basketball. My favorite way to spend time is playing yard games and board games with family and friends. I am an avid video game player, and a huge Star Wars nerd. I play guitar, and love writing music and poetry.
In 2010, my life changed when I married my best friend and fellow teacher, Becki, who currently teaches 3rd grade at Grant Elementary. Our family grew in 2012 with the addition of our dog, Penny, and in 2013 with the birth of our daughter Liliana, who makes me laugh and smile every day.