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Despite International Experience, Hyatt is Content to be at Craver
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Students at Craver Middle School have the pleasure of being greeted by Christy Hyatt's smiling face and positive attitude.
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Christy Hyatt is a new face among the teachers at Craver Middle School this year, but she is certainly not new to the area or to education. Hyatt is a native; her parents Betty and Jerry Filpi lived in the area and she attended the Rye Schools all the way from Kindergarten to graduation. Hyatt says she was anxious to return to the area to live and teach here.

Hyatt says she is "surprised to see so many new faces and feel the fresh energy in the community."

Hyatt is teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies to sixth graders at Craver. She says she loves the combination of the two classes because she can cross connect the two activities. She used as an example that they study the Depression era in Social Studies and at the same time can be reading a book like "Out of the Dust" about the same topic. Her class sizes range between 20 and 28 students. Hyatt is involved with the Source of Strength Suicide Prevention Program, is working on setting up the Walking Club at Craver, and will be the assistant coach for track this spring.

Hyatt greatly enjoys the children; working with them and seeing them learn. She says, "The thing I enjoy most about teaching is when a student has an ' AHA' moment when all the pieces come together and they get it. I love when they ask questions and discuss the subjects we are studying."

Hyatt is very dedicated to teaching every single student. She says one of her biggest challenges as a teacher is knowing how to reach everyone because the students come into the classroom with such a wide variety of backgrounds, life experiences, levels of learning, abilities, and skills. She keeps an eye out for anyone struggling and tries to level the education field. "Parents everywhere just want what is best for their children, " Hyatt states, " so we work to involve them too."

Hyatt did not set out to be a teacher. She attended Colorado State University in Pueblo for two years and then went to University of Northern Colorado (UNC) to receive a Business Degree in Marketing. She wanted to work in non-profit marketing but while working for United Way she discovered she was bored with sitting in a cubicle. She was already volunteering with the children's program at Crossroads Battered Women's Shelter. Her sister-in-law , who is a teacher, said to her " When are you going to realize teaching is what you are meant to do?" Hyatt thought about it, and returned to UNC to a fast paced post baccalaureate program to get her Master's Degree.

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