THIS QUOTE from the late and legendary women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt, speaks about how one should approach a new situation or challenge. You must have the right attitude and belief in yourself to succeed.
Summitt was known for her big heart and persevering attitude. Yes, she won games and championships, but her legacy of hard work and motivating her players continues to live on through those she touched.
Lisa Crabtree has worked to do the same and positively influence her students over her 35 years as a teacher. She hopes to further her positive influence and diligent attitude as she takes on a new role as principal.
Crabtree accepted the position of principal at Huntland School in October.
“I came to Huntland at the beginning of October,” she explained. “Previously, I had been at Franklin County High School since 2001 in several capacities. I began as a teacher and girl’s basketball coach, moved to the assistant principal’s office in 2009 and served as athletic director for several years. When I was approached about the principal’s job at Huntland, it seemed like the perfect time and a wonderful opportunity.”
Crabtree is no stranger to the love of teaching others. Thanks to her father’s example as a teacher, her love of teaching came from him.
“My dad was a teacher and coach growing up, so I was indoctrinated in the education world,” she said. “He was my classroom teacher for a few years as well as basketball coach for several. Being an athlete, I also worked some camps throughout my career, which helped to solidify my love of working with children. But my dad was my role model, and I followed in his footsteps.”
Now in her 35th year of teaching in the Franklin County School System, Crabtree said she is excited to continue her work in this new role.
“It’s been a wonderful transition for me,” she said. “Sometimes you need a new challenge and a change of scenery. I had been at [Franklin County] for 20 years, which was good, but it has also been good for me to do something different. The people here have been wonderful.”
She added that she is also proud to join an institution where the school and the community are one.
“The school is the community, and the community is the school,” said Crabtree. “The people here love this place. Every morning begins with the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, and ‘Go Big Blue.’ If Huntland School hosts an event, everyone in the town comes out to support. It is a great tight-knit community that loves and supports our school.”
As she becomes more acclimated to her new position, Crabtree said she hopes to help Huntland School reach new possibilities.
“I would like to see Huntland School be the best we can be at everything we do,” she said. “I believe this school can be a ‘Reward School’ and excel athletically. I believe we can look at our data, make a few changes, get some things in place, and watch us grow. That is a very real possibility for Huntland and so much more!” GN