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Mrs. Taylor Crossland
Taylor Crossland, a teacher at Fort Allen Elementary School in Hempfield, poses for a photograph in her classroom.

The new evolution of teaching with social media and online technology has allowed the creativity behind Fort Allen Elementary teacher Taylor Crossland to shine. Mrs. Crossland, as a young teacher, has used social media accounts to showcase the special incentive ideas she uses for her class and homemade activities for other teachers to try themselves. 

At the end of September, she posted of a “Starbucks Day” incentive that she created, and it reached 9 million views. Crossland’s 20 third grade students drank chocolate milk and whipped cream faux coffee, corrected grammar and spelling on pretend Starbucks menus, completed a cash register math activity, and came up with their own Starbucks drink recipes. This catapulted her right into the eyes of celebrity, Kelly Clarkson. Taylor was contacted to be involved in an interview on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” which showcases online content enjoyed by the producer.

Mrs. Crossland stated, “I was so happy to explain my project and ideas to the world hoping other educators would become inspired from it.” It was quite unique for this to be the program showing her popular video as she stated, “I am a huge Kelly Clarkson fan, so I was kind of fangirling while watching.”

She originally started this account to show home organization projects during quarantine but has been mostly shifted to a teaching page. She puts together videos of the crafts and activities she completes for her class, going the extra mile as an educator. She is the kind of teacher who wants her students to feel the most comfortable and enjoyment when learning to their fullest potential (the best kind). 

Her husband Jared, also a Hempfield Area Elementary teacher says, “Now through this, she’s had a positive influence on her peers and other teachers who are able to see some of the ideas she has posted”. 

I am lucky enough to know Taylor Crossland on a personal level, and I can say that outside of the classroom and the tiktoks, she is an amazing, kind, and generous person, fully showcasing what it truly means to be a proud SPARTAN.

Tiktok – CrafTayCorner – Video Of Starbucks Incentive

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Tanner Trageser
Tanner Trageser, Contributor
From going to football games, Hempfield nights out, and Dr. Seuss Nights as a kid, to now writing for The Royal. Tanner Trageser has been living the Spartan lifestyle for 18 years now. Tanner wants to give back to the school and community by being involved in as many activities as possible. He is the senior class vice president and very much apart of the Mini-Thon program. This is his first year being a contributor for the school newspaper, "The Royal" to talk about all the good things happening around the community. Tanner wants to especially showcase the Hempfield athletic teams and their season events coming from an athletic background himself. He plans to attend a large university to become a sports agent and take in the big campus lifestyle. Outside of school, he enjoys hanging out with friends as often as possible, attending sporting events, and working for All American Flooring installing high school gym floors.