Drama teacher Crystal Krachtt makes connections


Jordan Jimison

Drama teacher Crystal Krachtt poses with past and current students.

Drama teacher Crystal Krachtt has been teaching for five and a half years. She came to the high school this year and her past students are very happy, to say the least. 

“I’m excited,” Sophomore Vivien Mann said. “We all loved her back in seventh and eighth grade, it’s nice to be in her class again.”

Before transferring to the high school this year, Krachtt taught at centennial middle school. 

“Ms. K is an amazing teacher, but also a person I can come to with anything” sophomore Kaylee McClellan said.

Krachtt connects with her students in many different ways. She does her best to make every student feel welcome in her classroom and that they have a safe space.

 “I am super cheesy, and I use my nerdy sense of humor to connect with students of all ages,” Krachtt said “Sure, they may act repulsed by my terrible jokes, but deep down, they love it. I think it’s because they can all see that I’m not afraid to look like a goof, and that helps them to open up in class as well.” 

There are also secret things that only Ms.Krachtt’s student knows, like secret codes. 

“I remember her introducing our eighth-grade class to the secret handshake backstage at our first show,” sophomore Malachi Johns said. 

It’s very important that theatre students and ONLY theatre students know about it. 

“I have a TOP SECRET handshake that I do with my students backstage right before a performance,” Krachtt said. “It is something totally random that my dad taught me when I was a young performer. I lost my dad many years ago and reflecting on his life was the thing that inspired me to change my career path and become a theatre teacher. It is really special for me to share it with my students now.”

From top-secret handshakes to hugs backstage, Krachtt’s personality supports actors to be the best they can.

“She supports everything I do and it’s moral support that I need to have to get better at acting,” sophomore Connor Harris said. 

She’s the person anyone can come to with anything.

“Ms. K is an incredibly influential icon, one of the most important parts of my life,” Johns said.

Krachtt also has an adaptive drama class for special needs students who want to be a part of the program.

“Adaptive Drama is a brand new class at BAHS this year, and I am very honored to be teaching it,” Krachtt said. “It is a place where students of all different abilities can come together and experience the magic of theatre. Don’t walk? No problem! Don’t talk? No problem! Don’t sit still? Don’t memorize lines well? Don’t read? No problem! Don’t know what electives to take senior year and like helping people? Already took all the theatre classes you can take and still want more? Adaptive drama is a place where everyone has a role that showcases what we do best, and we all work together as a team to create theatre.”

If you’re interested in drama, you can sign up for it during spring enrollment. If you don’t want to take a class but are still interested, auditions for the Footloose musical take place on November 3-5.