Degrees and Certifications:
MA Special Education - University of St. Thomas BA Geography - Syracuse University
Hello, my name is Jim Crist. I've been involved in urban education in one way or another since 2004, and am beginning my 4th year teaching special education at Murray. Before that, I have worked in Minneapolis and West St. Paul. I enjoy working with students to help them figure out how they can be successful in the classroom in order to prepare them for a successful future. When I am not teaching, I like to spend time with my wife and 3 year old daughter, playing or watching soccer, and being outside whenever possible. I am looking forward to another successful school year!
Hello! My name is Laura Madsen and I will be student teaching in your class this year with Mr. Crist. I am working on my masters degree in special education with St Paul Urban Teacher Residency Program at the University of St Thomas and will finish this coming summer. For the last three years I was working as a teaching assistant at Eastern Heights Elementary in St Paul. In my free time I like to read, be outside and play roller derby. I am excited to be working at Murray and getting to know you all this school year!