Prior to becoming a principal, Crystal Cooper worked as an assistant principal and literacy coach in Georgia. She taught grades 1-4 for seven years in Paterson, New Jersey and received Teacher of The Year recognition in 2004. She also served one year as a sabbatical reading coach for the New Jersey Board of Education. Crystal holds a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University, a master’s degree from The University of Georgia, and a specialist degree from the University of West Georgia. She recently completed her doctoral studies at the University of Georgia in 2018 in Educational Leadership. She is a former graduate of the Learning Forward Academy Class of 2018 and a current member of the Leadership Gwinnett Leadership Academy Class of 2021. Cooper continues to receive awards and accolades for her collaborative work over her 23 years in education. She enjoys supporting educational and community-based initiatives, while serving as an active member of various volunteer and leadership organizations.