K-12 Dance Education
Why dance education?
A. Lorraine Crittendon first began as an intern at an after school program at a public charter school her senior year of college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After graduation, she was offered a full time position as a Kindergarten teaching assistant. She was later promoted and then sought out a position for a public school dance educator.
An opening at another public charter school gave her the opportunity to work within her degree field. L.Critt started as a middle and high school Dance Educator in 2016. She welcomed the challenge of bringing dance to the under privileged youth of Charlotte. Now, she is finishing up her lateral entry teaching license for K-12 dance education in North Carolina.
A.Lorraine Crittendon won the Teacher of the Year Award for 2016-2017 at her current position.
A. Lorraine Crittendon teaches based on two pieces of imagery: bridges and tools. L.Critt believes that dance can be the bridge to our past, present, or future; and it holds many pathways of success.
L.Critt reminds her students that dance may not be for everyone, but it can be a bridge or a tool if you allow it to become one. Based on this philosophy, L.Critt focuses on teaching the NC state standards in a way that connects them to the world and the people within in. Dance is just the tool they will use to communicate with when words fail to suffice.
A. Lorraine Crittendon has plans to obtain her Masters in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro starting in 2020.
L.Critt aspires to continue working in the public school system as a K-12 Dance Educator because it was from this same system that she was able to get her own start.
Later, she will obtain her PHd in Dance History and work on a collegiate level to guide the next generation of dancers through every bridge of dance.