Staff Spotlight: Dale Crawford

09 Jan
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Dale Crawford is NLA’s lead Program Coordinator.  Learn more about her below!

WHO ARE YOU?  WHERE ARE YOU FROM?  HOW DID YOU GET HERE?

My name is Dale Crawford. I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia.  I went to college in Washington State and got my BA in Outdoor Environmental Education.  I then worked as a Naturalist in California for two years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2010.  I earned my Master’s in Teaching from Chatham University in 2011.

I worked at another nonprofit organization prior coming to NLA, where I worked as Coordinator for before and after school programming.  From there, I became interested in continuing work in the after school education field, which led me to Neighborhood Learning Alliance.

WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR JOB?  MOST CHALLENGING?

I love working within my community to help provide children with academic and enrichment opportunities after school. I also enjoy collaborating with coworkers and partners on how to continually improve programming and think of innovative ways to best serve our students.

ANY FAVORITE MOMENTS OR EXPERIENCES SO FAR?

Watching the high school Warriors do STEM and reading with the kids, spending time in the programs, creating lesson plans, and collaborating with teammates.

WHAT IS ONE BOOK YOU THINK EVERY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SHOULD READ?

To Kill a Mockingbird.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Spending time with my daughter, spending time outdoors, reading, traveling, and gardening.

WHAT IS A “FUN FACT” ABOUT YOURSELF PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW?

I love spicy food!

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