Teacher Spotlight: Elisa Crum


Crum Family

Elementary Teacher Elisa Crum

Sayler Beerwinkle, Editor

“I truly love my job,” 4th grade English teacher Elisa Crum said. “I love my students, my co-workers, the parents and our S-E Wolverine Family.” 

Mrs. Crum grew up in Canadian, Texas. She first went on a speech/theatre scholarship to Stephen F. Austin University but then transferred to a college a little closer to home. After leaving SFA, she graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Speech Communication/English. Later, she became certified to teach grades 4-8 language and reading. Mrs. Crum is married to Denver Crum and they have three children and three dogs: Callie, Caleb and Cuyler & Mixy, Danny and Togo. She also enjoys walking, reading, watching movies, going to live theatres and spending time with family.  

“We have been married for almost 25 years, and we met at our church singles group in the Dallas Fort Worth area,” Mrs. Crum said. “We were both teachers at different schools.” 

Mrs. Crum was teacher at Liberty Christian School, and Mr. Crum was teaching Special Education at Saginaw. 

“We have three children who are all grown up and big,” Mrs. Crum said. “Callie is 22, and lives in Amarillo with her husband Lazaro and their three dogs. Caleb is 21 and a senior at WTAMU. Cuyler just turned 19 and finished his first semester at West Point Military Academy.”

Mrs. Crum taught at Liberty Christian for about six years before her children were born. She taught 6th grade reading/language arts.  

“When Callie was born, I made the decision to stay home and focus on being a full-time mama,” Mrs. Crum said. “I continued to stay home when Caleb and Cuyler were born as well.” 

When the Crum’s moved to Springlake-Earth, Cuyler was old enough to start kindergarten and Mrs. Crum slowly got back into teaching. 

“I substitute taught for that first year and the next year I was in a classroom full-time,” Mrs. Crum said. “I have been in my same classroom now for 9 years and the students who were my very first fourth graders will graduate this year!” 

Current senior, Davey Crandall, remembers a few things from Mrs. Crum’s 4th grade english class.

“She made a huge impact on me,” Davey said. “I use some of things she taught me, still to this day.”

I hope I am making a lifelong impact on the kids I teach and that they will learn valuable lessons and knowledge in my classroom.

— Elisa Crum

From an early age, Mrs. Crum realized that she wanted to be a teacher. She would play with baby dolls and barbies and pretend that they were her students. 

“My mom was a teacher, and I admired what she did and looked up to her,” Mrs. Crum said. “I always loved the idea of learning and gaining knowledge and then helping others to learn and grow too.” 

She cherishes every relationship with each student who she encounters. 

“I love children and love getting to be their teacher and hopefully a good influence and role model for them,” Mrs. Crum said. “I hope I am making a lifelong impact on the kids I teach and that they will learn valuable lessons and knowledge in my classroom.” 

Callen Barber, 5th grader, loves Mrs. Crum and her teachings.

“I like Mrs. Crum,” Callen said. “She is always nice and takes good care of me.”

Also, each of her children studied and graduated from S-E. Callie currently works for TTU Hospital Administration. Caleb is a Communications/Broadcasting at WT. Lastly, Cuyler is majoring Pre-Law.

“All of my children were Wolverines and are now SEHS graduates,” Mrs. Crum said. “It’s Great to be a Wolverine!”