Combining 15 years of experience in a variety of educational settings, Crystal Beshears serves as a Learning Design and Innovation Lead for the Office of Innovation for Education at the U of A. Her diverse work includes: teaching social sciences to secondary students in the Arkansas Delta, supporting state and national school improvement efforts for the U of A and the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, and teaching personal development and yoga locally and abroad. From 2009-2014, Crystal led instruction in Lincoln, Arkansas, and considers Lincoln her teaching home. She recently returned to Arkansas after spending a year abroad in Europe with her youngest daughter, Sam, who is now a student at Fayetteville High School. Crystal's oldest daughter Val, is currently a U of A student pursuing Counseling, and is active in local youth organizations. Crystal's work at OIE includes passionately supporting Schools of Innovation and contributing to research dedicated to innovation.