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Theresa Crowder

Faculty Information
Location(s) Advancement Office
Title(s) Records Manager for Advancement
Contact Information
School Email
  (Primary)
School Phone
(828) 210-9171   x342
Education
Degree(s) A.A.S., Asheville-Buncombe Technical College
Other Information
2002 
 
Theresa Crowder is the Records Manager in the Advancement and Alumni Office and has been at Carolina Day School since 2002.
 
Get to know Theresa Crowder:
 
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “I like that I am busy all the time with layers of versatility thrown in. Things are fairly fast paced in the Advancement office. It helps to keep me on my toes.”
 
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? “I see examples of this out my window when I watch the Key children at play or gardening, when I watch the videos where the children recreate the Iditarod and the Monarch butterfly migration, donate their time, energy, and money to charities, do research projects, and when I see the beautiful artwork done by our students of all ages.”
 
What books and authors inspire you and your work at CDS? I have a favorite quote by teacher and author Joyce Meyer and it is this: “It’s not what we do one time that brings results. It is what we do consistently day after day after day after day that brings results.”
 
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “It’s rather long, but here it is:
 
When You Thought I Wasn't Looking
(Written by a former child)
 
A message every adult should read, because children
are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my
first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted
to paint another one.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you feed a
stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind
to animals.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my
favorite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be
the special things in life.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a
prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always
talk to and I learned to trust in God.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a
meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I
learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of
your time and money to help people who had nothing
and I learned that those who have something should
give to those who don't.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take
care of our house and everyone in it and I learned
we have to take care of what we are given.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you
handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't
feel good and I learned that I would have to be
responsible when I grow up.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come
from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things
hurt, but it's all right to cry.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you
cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of
life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and
productive person when I grow up.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you
and wanted to say, "Thanks for all the things I saw
when you thought I wasn't looking."
 
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? Hard-working, conscientious, low maintenance, enthusiastic, have a  positive attitude.”
 
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “Each day when I wake up I say a prayer to God to help me do whatever I need to do that day and do it with a good attitude and without complaint. I’m not always successful, but I always pray again and start again. I’m getting better but I’ll always have to work at it with God’s help.”
 
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? “I very much enjoy a school atmosphere where learning is happening. I like being part of the process in a more behind-the-scenes way by providing support to those more closely involved with the “frontline” educational experience. It really does take all of us working together and supporting each other.”
 
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “The curriculum seems to be more diverse and flexible as opposed to being mostly from a textbook and therefore the same information presented in the same way each year. Working a little outside a textbook enables students and teachers to interact more with the subject matter and think about it in a different context. They have fun with their hard work!”
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