Crystal Xu is a member of the Design and Implementation team, working with school districts around the country to plan and implement different change management processes to drive strategic change. Prior to joining Education Elements, Crystal served in various roles in both public and charter schools in Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. Crystal served as a curriculum writer for 8-12 science, math and Advanced Placement classes, founding teacher, instructional coach for the National Math and Science Initiative, Assistant School Leader, and district leader. Crystal has extensive experience in designing and building new schools and programs to drive for change, most recently serving as the founding Director of the Metro Atlanta Teacher Residency to acquire and train new teachers for the talent pipeline. Crystal’s experience and passion also includes implementing personalized learning in high schools to better prepare students for a choice-filled life, data-driven systems to increase results as well as leadership development and instructional coaching. At Education Elements, Crystal works extensively in crafting the equity methodology to ensure DEI is at the forefront of systems level redesign and infused within instruction, leadership development and design-based solutions. When not working, Crystal likes to connect with friends and family through a meal, read and explore different cities around the world.
Crystal holds a B.S in Economics and International Affairs from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Rice University.