Kimberly Cristal named K-12 Director of Humanities

Ms. Kim Cristal appointed new K-12 Director of Humanities
Posted on 06/04/2021

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Ms. Kimberly Cristal was appointed the West Irondequoit CSD’s new K-12 Director of Humanities at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. She will begin in her new role on July 1st, 2021. This is a newly created position based, in part, on the restructuring of our curriculum and instruction leadership. Since August of 2017, Ms. Cristal has served as the district’s K-12 Social Studies Supervisor and last February she took on the role of Interim K-6 Director of Instruction.

“Ms. Cristal has quickly established herself as a collaborative and supportive resource for staff and immersed herself in curriculum development and instructional design,” said Superintendent, Dr. Aaron Johnson. “Kim has taken a lead in the pursuit of culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy and has teamed with others to ensure that what we read and learn across the district appropriately covers all history and that our literature reflects the rich diversity of our families and community.”

A New York native, Ms. Cristal grew up just outside of Queens and graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She earned a Master of Arts degree in American History from the University of Rochester and received her administrative certification from Canisius College, where she specialized in Instructional Leadership.

Prior to joining West Irondequoit, Ms. Cristal worked in the Penfield CSD for eight years, the final two-plus as a K-12 Humanities Teacher on Special Assignment. She also was a social studies teacher in Penfield (five years) and at Patapsco High School in Maryland (three). Additionally, she was formerly the Director of Education at the Sylvan Learning Center for five years and an exhibit and curriculum developer for the Baobab Cultural Center in Rochester.

Ms. Cristal resides in Penfield with her husband, Ari Elliot, and their son, Evan.