Desert Vista Elementary teacher Crago uses gymnastics to keep students engaged

Claire Crago and her family. (AJUSD)

Claire Crago may be in her first year of teaching, but she knows how to draw from experience to keep students engaged at Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction.

Claire Crago on a balance beam. (AJUSD)

When asked to do a special part in an assembly, the second-grade teacher incorporated a few gymnastics moves into her routine. Months later students still ask her if she can do other flips and tricks, according to a release.

Ms. Crago’s love of gymnastics began as a child watching the 1996 Olympics. She took gymnastics classes, trained for years and won numerous ribbons and trophies. Her performance on the balance beam brought home many of her awards, but Ms. Crago said she preferred floor exercise where she could showcase her personality and individual style, the release states.

Due to an ankle injury she no longer competes, she said.

Ms. Crago is the eldest of six children – all of whom are adopted. She and two of her sisters are originally from China, one sister and one brother are from South Korea and one brother is from India, according to the release.


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