Q+A with Mrs. Crawford

Simone Westerlund and Rylie Nupcharoen

Mrs. Crawford has taught art at Sehome since 1996. We had an in depth question and answer session to learn about more aspects about who she is on a surface level, and deep down.

  1. Why did you become a teacher?
    • “I guess it’s because I didn’t have any good ones. I thought I could be that good one, I don’t know. Do you think it’s working?”
  2. How long have you been teaching?
    • “I’ve been teaching a million years. I am 89. This is actually my 32nd year.”
  3. What is your least favorite part about teaching?
    • “Hmm… That’s a hard question. It’s hard on my heart to deal with kids that are not well. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just hard.”
  4. What is your favorite part of teaching?
    • “My favorite part is when I get to hear kids say, “I didn’t know I could do this, look what I did,” and then they take their artwork home and they’re proud and they hang it on the refrigerator.”
  5. How is it working alongside Schang / King ?
    • “I work with the best teachers, I mean who wouldn’t want to work with Mr. Schang? He just makes me a better person and Ms. King is a ray of sunshine.
  6. What do you think you would be doing if you didn’t get into teaching?
    • “Oh, (gestures to shirt) I would be riding my horse and eating tacos. I have a horse, her name is Jessie. I also have a dog named Arrow and a kitty named Pebbles.”
  7. What is one trend that your students followed that you didn’t like?
    • “Well, the vaping. That’s not a good trend. There was a fashion trend when you were little when boys would wear pants way, way off their bottoms and that was a little awkward. You know, some of the social media trends I think are really unhealthy and unfortunate and really bad for kids.”
  8. How much support did you receive going into art originally?
    • “I don’t know, you know I was a grown up when I became an art teacher and so I don’t need anybody’s okay. You know, all of my friends and family just want me to do what makes me happy.”
  9. What’s it like teaching high schoolers?
    • “Well, it’s cliché but you know that expression, “herding cats.” Or you know that expression, “nailing Jello to the wall.” It’s all like that, it’s great.”
  10. How difficult is teaching art for you?
    • “Well, I think people who try to do a good job, they’re always having challenges. But, I think it’s really fun.”
  11. Do you ever wish that you taught older/younger kids?
    • “Well, you know, young kids like you. They all love you. I remember teaching younger kids and they all adore their teachers. And that’s kind of a nice feeling. And they all want to be good. Teenagers are good though.”
  12. What is your favorite medium?
    • “Hmmm…. I like oil pastels, I like painting.”
  13. What is your favorite piece of art you’ve made?
    • “I have some paintings of horses at home that I like a lot.”
  14. What is your favorite color?
    • “I don’t know. I like blue, I like pink, I like purple a lot. Yellow is pretty neat, too. I like red, green is nice. How can you have a favorite color?”
  15. What do you miss about the old Sehome?
    • “Is it the perpetually cold room? Was it the electricity that would just sort of flash? I don’t know. I don’t miss anything about it. I loved it, it was my home, and now I have a new home.”
  16. How long have you been teaching at Sehome?
    • “Since 1996. You do the math.”

      Mrs. Crawford smiles for the camera inside her art classroom.

  17. Do you enjoy living in Bellingham?
    • “I don’t live in Bellingham. I live in Sedro-Woolley, the cultural mecca of the universe.”
  18. Have you lived in Bellingham your whole life?
    • “No, who would do that? I was born near San Francisco and my family moved to South-West Washington when I was young.”
  19. Which season do you like in the Pacific North West the most?
    • “Summer.”
  20. What is a hobby that you enjoy that most students don’t know about?
    • “I don’t know a lot of students know that I like horses, that’s what I like to do.”
  21. What is your favorite restaurant in Bellingham?
    • “I like to go to Blue Fin. I like to have sushi, all the time.”
  22. What did you last eat?
    • “School lunch. I eat school lunch everyday. I mean, the salad bar! What else could you want? I mean everything is great. I used to not eat lunch, but then the new school came and the lunchroom is right there. $4 for lunch? Everyone should try school lunch.”
  23. Do you believe everything happens for a reason? Yes or no?
    • “No. I think we’re really good at making reasons later, though.”
  24. How would you describe your fashion style?
    • “Benign randomness. I shop at Costco.”
  25. What movie do you watch when you want a ‘feel good’ film?
    • “Well, it’s not a movie but I watch “The Office” sort of therapeutically. My favorite character depends on my mood, there are different characters for different moods. Don’t you think? Depends on how the day went.”
  26. What’s your favorite childhood movie that brings you nostalgia?
    • Well, you know we’re getting to the holiday season. So, I always watch those old movies, you know the Claymation… Rudolph. All those just get me in the feels. All those old Christmas movies are the best.
  27. Do you drink coffee? What’s your coffee/tea order?
    • “Lately, I’ve been getting lavender mochas. The lavender puts me in a good spot.”
  28. Do you believe in soulmates? Yes or no?
    • “Sure. Yeah.”
  29. Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes or no?
    • “Yeah.”
  30. What is your favorite book?
    • “That’s so hard. I used to be an English teacher, I’ve read a billion books. I can’t pick one. Well, I recently finished the book, “The Goldfinch.” It’s a Pulitzer prize winner. It was really good.”
  31. Who inspires you the most in your life?
    • “My husband.”
  32. What’s one of your favorite words?
    • “I like, “juxtaposition.” I’m really excited when I can use it.”
  33. What motivates you greatest?
    • “I don’t know that I can be motivated by external forces!”