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There no substitute for Kristy Cramblet's smiling face

Feb 21, 2019 02:40PM ● By Editor

Exclusive to Boreal Community Media - February 21, 2019

Introducing Kristy Cramblet (aka Provider of Jolly Ranchers).  Kristy is a substitute teacher at Cook County Schools.  Her smiling face can be seen in the hallways several days a week.  

Kristy has worked for Cook County Schools since 1994.  However, since she graduated from CCHS in 1974, she has really been here since 1961!  Following high school, Kristy graduated from the University of Minnesota and taught there for a year before moving back home to Grand Marais.  She taught preschool and kindergarten in Grand Portage then began subbing for different grades throughout the district. She has done long-term subbing for high school special education, 3rd grade for Julie Viren, and physical education for Pam Taylor.  Kristy shared that she also taught middle school math in Santa Barbara and science in Santa Ynez, California.  She is licensed PreK-Adult.  In addition to subbing for Cook County Schools, she has also subbed for Birch Grove, GES, and Grand Portage.

The favorite part of Kristy’s job is not having to give out grades!  Kristy stated that “love comes so much more easily when you provide help, but not the final judgement”.  She enjoys the fact that she has taught several generations of a family, which is a big connector in a smaller community.  According to Kristy, she “gets a lot of loving as a sub”.

Kristy grew up in Grand Marais and is the proud mom of two young sons.

Many people would be surprised to learn that Kristy and her friends hitchhiked to Temperance River quite a bit as young teens.  She and her friends also hitchhiked to California after high school, where they stopped to walk two different parts of Yellowstone Park.  She recommends working in a national park for a summer where you get to explore the park and meet people from all around the world.  

Kristy said that the best advice she was ever given was “Make sure you get out of Cook County and see what magnificent things are out there, then come back because it IS the best place to live”.