Krystal Clifton is a 2020-2021 Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellow. Krystal teaches 4th grade at King Middle Grade School in Kankakee, Illinois. She serves on both the School and District Leadership Teams. Prior to her current role, she taught for 12 years in the Montessori magnet school in Kankakee and served as an instructional coach at Kennedy Middle Grade school in Kankakee. Krystal has provided professional development on topics such as the instructional shifts needed to implement NGSS as well as student and family engagement. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who earned her BA in Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University and her MA in Brainsmart from Nova Southeastern University.