Posted Date: 12/01/2018
All her life Crystal Robinson enjoyed being outdoors learning about wildlife and nature. She loved the outdoors so much that this Whitney native left after high school to attend college at Texas A&M University at Galveston where she studied Marine Biology. After years of studying Ms. Robinson took her knowledge and worked on fishing boats in Alaska, studying marine life for about ten years. In the end, family is what brought her home to Texas. Ms. Robinson moved back to Whitney where she lives now with her five year old son, to be closer to her sister who teaches Special Education and both of her parents who each live in Hill County and are retired from U.S Corps Of Engineers.
After her return to Texas, Ms. Robinson got an alternative certification which allowed her to teach secondary Science. She has been teaching at Morgan I.S.D since 2012 which began her experience of meeting new kids and sharing her knowledge with them. For the past 6 years, she has taught almost every type of science class from 6th grade Science to IPC, Health, and Anatomy. We are truly grateful and blessed to have her here at Morgan ISD, we are grateful for her work and dedication to this school, and without her we wouldn’t be able to have these superb STAAR scores in Biology. She feels like she was part of the community from the time she first started, and that the students and faculty are the reason why she keeps teaching in Morgan.
After a series of medical complications, spring of 2018 Robinson received life halting news of a cancer diagnosis. Neuroendocrine Cancer, or NET cancer for short, is the term used to describe a slow to moderate malignant tumors that grow within the endocrine cells. Robinson’s tumor, which was found in her pancreas, was removed in surgery at the end of last school year. In the summer, she started her six rounds of chemo which she finished this fall. Through this process and many days of being sick, Ms. Robinson has shown us a tremendous amount of love, strength, and courage in her battle.
This November we were able to return some of that love back to Ms. Robinson at a fundraiser to benefit our beloved science teacher, who not only gives us her knowledge whether it’s Biology, Physics, Chemistry, or Food Science, but she has poured so many hours working and teaching, for us to be able to learn. Our hearts dropped when we found out she was diagnosed with NET. This school year, although she was getting her treatment, that didn’t stop her from coming to teach us, as her body could handle it. As time progressed we at Morgan School and community decided that we wanted to benefit her, while she is battling NET.
On Friday November 9th, the cheerleaders dedicated a pep rally for her, at which our principal Mr. Ramirez spoke about her fight and the Student Council presented her with a gift. Many students, staff, and community members wore t-shirts designed and sold in her honor. November 10th is known as World NET Cancer Awareness Day. So on this Saturday, our community members planned a day long basketball tournament that had something for everyone including: basketball games, home cooked meals, bakesale, and raffle items. Many pitched in to help including staff, parents, community members, and students whether helping with the gym floor, cooking and serving food, managing the bake sale and raffle, running the clock and books, or donating to the good cause. This includes our many basketball players that ranged in ages and from all over Morgan, and surrounding cities and counties.
In the end the gray team, comprised of local Morgan students, former students, parents, staff, and community members, pulled out the victory! We couldn’t thank everybody enough for coming out and supporting Ms. Robinson. Thanks to everyone we earned a grand total of around $4,600 to help support Ms. Robinson and her family. We are also happy to announce that latest scans show no more signs of cancerous tumors and doctors believe Ms. Robinson is now in remission!