“As a proud product of DCPS, it has always been my inspiration to give back to the community through my service, where the important work of education reform is greatly needed,” says Crystal Balogun. Ms. Balogun’s mother, who was an educator for many years in DCPS and Prince George’s County, taught her to pride herself on working in education. During her four years at Stanton, she has contributed to the school as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, and as the Homeless, Community Partnerships, and Food Service Liaison. Ms. Balogun also had the opportunity to sponsor an excursion trip for several students to South Africa.
Ms. Balogun knows that her work as Business Manager is essential to student achievement. “Student success is dependent upon having adequate resources for teachers and ample instructional supplies for all scholars,” she says, explaining that she admires her colleagues’ willingness, dedication, and commitment to their students. Ms. Balogun says she loves the work she gets to do at Stanton. “This opportunity brings me joy, but most importantly, I derive personal satisfaction from the warm smiles on the faces of my scholars.” Two of her children graduated from DCPS; her oldest daughter, Danielle Dortch, currently teaches 5th grade at Barnard Elementary, while her youngest daughter, Toyin Balogun, graduated from McKinley Technology High School in 2012 and currently attends Virginia State University.