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Freelance Writer- Education and Literacy

About Me

Crystalee Calderwood is a high school English teacher. As an AmeriCorps member, she had the privilege of working with diverse learners, including Pittsburgh’s refugee population and youth in under-served communities.

Crystalee is passionate about education and the importance of literacy on all education levels. She currently writes about education, literacy, and the issues that teachers face inside and outside the classroom.

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My Writing Samples

Making an Educational Trip a Fun Trip: Four Ideas Your High School Students Will Love

High school students are notorious for not enjoying traditional field trips. Here are some fun ideas that they will love!


The 8 Best Classroom Projectors

This was my first article for The Moneywise Teacher


Breaking Bad Body Habits Online

An article I wrote about my experience as a plus-sized woman online


6 of the Very Best Classroom Book Bins

Another article I wrote for The Moneywise Teacher


The 10 Best Side Gigs for Teachers

The 10 Best SIde Gigs for Teachers for The Moneywise Teacher


How To Teach Online in Difficult Times: Online Learning and You

For Mobile Permissions


Using Children's Books to Teach Literary Theory in High School

English teachers struggle to introduce literary theory to their students. Here's how I recently tackled this necessary topic with my own classes.



English Teacher

Instruct six periods of English classes a day, grades 9-12 ● Differentiate instruction for students based on academic needs and provide one-on-one classroom support as needed ● Design curriculum for all English classes

Company: The University School

I worked there from 11/2012 until now

Adjunct Instructor- ESL

Instructed small classes of adult English Language Learners in speaking, listening, reading and writing exercises ● Utilized instructional strategies such as cloze exercises, dialogues, and total physical response ● Differentiated instruction for multiple students, ensuring they can work at their own pace ● Engaged students in English-only conversational environment

Company: Community College of Allegheny County

I worked there from /2014 until /2017

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