PBS Digital Innovator 2020

Crystal Monteiro

Crystal Monteiro Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island PBS
  • East Providence School Department
  • East Providence, Rhode Island

Crystal Monteiro has been an educator in the East Providence School District for 25 years. She is honored to serve the families and students in her hometown of East Providence, Rhode Island. As a first generation college graduate, she fully understands and values the power of education and credits her family and 4th grade teacher for instilling a love of learning and encouraging her to reach beyond all expectations. This is what led her to the teaching profession and what continues to ground her commitment to teaching excellence and advocacy. Throughout her career she’s taught grades three, five, and six and has loved every minute of it. Throughout her career she’s worked on a variety of district and state initiatives focusing on professional development, curriculum design, teacher preparation and teacher leadership. She served as a statewide induction coach for beginning teachers and launched RI’s first ECET2RI Convening which focuses on elevating and celebrating the teaching profession by placing teachers in the lead. Her current role as a district K-5 instructional coach provides her with the best of both worlds allowing her to share her genuine passion and excitement for teaching and learning, while also giving her the opportunity to share best practices while supporting and empowering her teaching colleagues.

Fun Fact: Crystal is adventurous and loves to travel. Her dream trip is heading to Hawaii to see a real volcano!

Favorite PBS Character/Show: Cyberchase “because it adds real world and FUN to math!”

Social Media Handle: @cmonterio8172