The ExCEL ceremony for Crystal Wilkerson was a vocabulary lesson of wonderful traits the G.C. Burkhead Elementary School teacher possesses. Former and current students and staff, in a video and in person, held up cards with words such as “enthusiastic” and “compassionate” to describe the fifth grade teacher.
Michelle Richardson, a fellow fifth grade teacher, had the last word, and it was one she didn’t use casually, she said. Richardson called Wilkerson a “friend,” to her students and colleagues.