Crystal Lail, Principal
Welcome to the ELE Family! The 2018-2019 year will be a great one for the ELE family. This is my sixth year as a member of the ELE family and my fifth year as the proud principal! I hope that when you visit our school you will feel our strong sense of community and family pride.
I grew up in a small town in Union County and graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a concentration in Child Development and Family Relations. My first teaching job was in Wilson, NC – right outside of Greenville, NC. I met my husband while we were both students at ECU and we moved back to the Charlotte area after graduating to be closer to our families.
My first position in CMS was as a teacher at Olde Providence Elementary. I taught first and fourth grades and served as a Literacy Facilitator in my eleven years at Olde Providence. During that time, I obtained my National Board Certification and began to serve in leadership roles for the district. I have worked as a National Board Support Coach, Professional Development Master Teacher, and Professional Development Instructor. In 2012, I was selected for the North Carolina Principal Fellows program. I served as a Principal Fellow at Elizabeth Lane for the 2013-2014 school year. I obtained my Master’s in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am both a licensed Principal and Curriculum Specialist.
My husband and I have two sons and we have lived in Matthews for almost fifteen years. Our oldest son is a sophomore at Appalachian State University and our youngest son is in eighth grade. We are a busy family and we enjoy trips to the beach or the mountains to spend quality time together.
I have been a part of the North Carolina Public School system as a student or employee for the past 36 years. I am committed to working with my staff to ensure that every child at our school receives the highest quality instruction in a nurturing learning environment. The ELE family is ALL in for every single child!