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Classical School Directory

Jess Crownhart

English, Literature and Composition, and 8th Grade Homeroom Teacher

Middle School Newsletter

I am a native of Appleton, Wisconsin and have lived here for the majority of my life. My grandpa was in the Army; consequently, my dad ended up going to 21 different schools before graduating from high school. Wanting a more stable life for their children, my parents made the decision to keep my three sisters and me in one city throughout our schooling. I attended a K-8 school growing up. Having teachers who knew me since Kindergarten made the rough few years of middle school a little bit easier to deal with. In 9th grade, I transferred to James Madison Junior High and later attended Appleton East High School. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Language Arts. I also have my Master’s in Educational Technology.

After many years of living in Wisconsin, my impulsive nature wanted a change of scenery. Thankfully, my husband has a good sense of humor and champions my whims. We said good-bye to the snow and moved to Florida. Orlando, Florida, home of many theme parks, became our home for a few years. The sunshine and the plethora of activities the state has to offer made certain that we would never be lonely for family and friends wanting to come and visit us. While in Orlando, I taught fifth grade. I loved it! My students and I had fun translating each others’ dialect and slang. Apparently “bubblers” do not exist in Florida— just water fountains.

In the fall of 2004, Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne tested our sanities and the structure of our home. My husband and I decided it was time to return to Wisconsin. We packed up an enormous truck and moved back to Appleton in the spring of 2005. That summer, a good friend of mine informed me that Classical School was in need of a teacher for one math class and one English class. I immediately fell in love with the curriculum, students, families, and staff.

After teaching middle school English, humanities, and logic for ten years at Classical, I felt it was time for a change. When a third grade position opened up in 2015, I jumped at the chance to teach elementary school again while continuing to teach the rich curriculum that Classical School offers. Classical School third grade was my home for six years, and I loved it!

In the summer of 2021, I moved back to my original classroom and curriculum. Middle school is my home again. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach different levels at Classical School.

While I miss the thrill of living in Orlando, I couldn’t be happier to be living back in Appleton again. My husband and I purchased my childhood home from my parents. In late summer of 2008 we were blessed with our son Oscar. A year and a half later we were pleasantly surprised by the arrival of our daughter, Olive, in the spring of 2010. In late fall of 2012, we became a full house with the birth of our daughter, Violet. During the summer of 2017, we adopted a puppy and named her Mabel. As you may have guessed—our home is never boring!