Desert Vista Elementary School Students Flip Over Rookie Teacher

By: Apache Junction Unified School District
Claire (second from left)  and her family
Claire (second from left) and her family
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - March 4, 2019 - PRLog -- Rookie teacher Claire Crago may be in her first year of teaching, but the teacher at Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave., in Apache Junction knows how to draw from experience to keep students engaged.

When asked to do a special part in an assembly the second-grade teacher incorporated a few gymnastics moves into her routine. Months later students still ask her if she can do other flips and tricks.

Ms. Crago's love of gymnastics began as a child watching the 1996 Olympics. She took gymnastics classes, trained for years and won numerous ribbons and trophies. Her performance on the balance beam brought home many of her awards, but Ms. Crago said she preferred floor exercise where she could showcase her personality and individual style.

Due to an ankle injury she no longer competes, but she still enjoys busting a move for the DVES Mustangs.

Ms. Crago has a unique family background. She is the eldest of six children – all of whom are adopted. She and two of her sisters are originally from China, one sister and one brother are from South Korea, and one brother is from India.

When not at work Ms. Crago enjoys photography, playing with her two Siberian Huskies, reading, and watching the latest movie or Disney Classic. Ms. Crago is enthusiastic about teaching and said her second-grade students are awesome. She may miss the camaraderie of competitive gymnastics, but is happy to do a few flips and cartwheels for Team DVES.

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