Biography

Name: Krystal Queen

Address: 15186 N. Eden Drive, Eden Prairie

Age: 33

Family: Children Jermell, Mikai and Reese, all Eden Prairie students

Employment: Self-employed

Education: B.A. in criminal justice from Metropolitan State University; completing a Masters in leadership and management at Concordia University

Community involvement:

  • Co-founder and CEO of the Friendship Project
  • Vice President of Eden Prairie Football Association
  • Vice President of EP Boosters
  • Member of the Community Engagement Involvement Council

Previous experience: As a community member, coach, activist, leader and minority business woman, I started my career with entry level positions at hospitals, school districts and counties within the Twin Cities, moving up in positions within those organizations. Within the last couple years I started a nonprofit, The Friendship Project as a co-founder and CEO. Within leadership, I am on multiple boards with Eden Prairie Football Association, Eden Prairie Boosters and previously with Encourage Her Network along with being a current member of the Community Engagement Involvement Council.

Contact info: krystalqueen54@gmail.com, 612-385-9339

Q&A

Why do you want to be on the Eden Prairie School Board?

As an Eden Prairie School Board member, I would give voice to and advocate for the underrepresented, including: racial minorities, low-income families, and those who may have a different family lifestyle, while seeking to uphold and maintain the strengths of our school district. My goal is to work with others on the board to enhance our amazing school district by providing a missing perspective. After listening and seeking to understand, I hope to share strategic ideas and improve district policies to ensure structural barriers are reduced and the racial achievement gap is closed. With my education, knowledge, and life experiences, I would provide a different perspective and, therefore, be a great asset to the school district as it moves into the diverse world of our future.

What is your view of the state of the school district?

As a community member, previous school district employee, and a single mother of three multiracial young men and student/family advocate, I have seen the Eden Prairie School District make many positive changes in the last 10 years. The Eden Prairie School District administration is committed to preparing our students for the 21st century by providing the latest technology and staying on top of educational trends. Eden Prairie teachers and staff have done an excellent job meeting student social, emotional, academic, and learning needs by differentiating learning experiences and building relationships with families and students. But we can and should do more! By engaging and energizing all members of our community we will develop a village of unity that embraces, supports, and builds our next generation for future success.

What would be your top priorities as a School Board member?

  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Closing the achievement gap
  • Leadership development (personal & professional development)
  • Curriculum initiatives

What, if any, areas in the district budget should be adjusted?

At this time, I would say no. With all the changes that have come with our latest referendum, it will be nice to review and relook at the next 3- 5-10 years out and find ways to continue successful programs with proven results and look for ways to financially support initiatives and programs that show they are closing the achievement gap.

What should be done to address achievement gap?

If there was an easy answer to this question the gap would be closed, but our children and our country are counting on us to figure it out. The easy answer is more training – more training for administration, staff, and the community as a whole. And yes, training is important, but there are individual stories of success in our country, in our state, and in our school district and we need to harness and learn from those successes. We need to build on what works, and make systemic change. But before real change can happen, we need to remember and believe that we are all better, when we are all better, and a rising tide lifts all boats. Eden Prairie needs to know itself. Administrators, teachers, and staff need to know what is really happening in households across our community. They need know how to engage and empower students who “don’t fit in the box." As a district, we want to be that community to make sure failure is not an option. We want to show how all kids are succeeding and all families and students are welcome here. Eden Prairie Schools' theme is “Inspiring Each Student Every Day.” This means we need to identify we have students in or buildings that have a different story then their peers, but their story is just as important to the next. Our buildings are diverse and we need to celebrate that diversity to making sure the community comes together to promote and advocate for change to educate and support all students.

What skills should be added or emphasized in classrooms to educate students for a 21st-century career or workplace?

  • Leadership development (personal & professional development)
  • Life skills as an adult
  • Financial literacy
  • Employment options (self-employment)

How should Eden Prairie Schools ensure the safety of its students?

Eden Prairie Schools has done a great job ensuring safety within the schools from the security changes, to upcoming building changes but most important factor is the relationships that the staff and especially security guards are having with students. Watching security guards at EPHS interact with all students, talk with them and get to know them is phenomenal.

Have you ever been charged with a gross misdemeanor or higher, or been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy or foreclosure?

No.

Getting to know you

Favorite book or movie: "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein and "You are a Badass" by Jen Sincero

Last live show or concert you attended: Bruno Mars with all three of my kids.

Favorite subject in school: Math and science

What would be the title of your life story: Perseverance Queen

Dream vacation destination: Yoga Retreat in Tulum, Mexico

Favorite local business: HealthSource of Eden Prairie

Eden Teller is the multimedia reporter for Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about fostering productive conversations and empowering communities. When she's not reporting, she can be found reading a book, on a hike or tackling home improvement projects.

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