Board of Trustees
Crystal Ball O'Connor, Ph.D. is serving her third term on the Greenville County School Board. She received her doctorate in Education and Human Development from Peabody Teacher’s College, Vanderbilt University. She is a highly regarded educator and children’s book author who writes books with the mission of helping children preserve and protect the gifts of family, literacy and nature. Her books have received the highest rating by the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature.
As a registered artist in the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist in Residence Program, Dr. O'Connor provides writing instruction to students across the state. She also provides professional development and conference presentations on writing and arts integration for academic associations including the South Carolina International Reading Association, South Carolina Association of School Librarians, South Carolina Science Council, South Carolina Association of Curriculum and Instruction, Upstate Writers Program, Hands-on Minds-on Edventure Science Center, South Carolina Teachers of English, and South Carolina Title I Administrators.
Dr. O’Connor served on the Committee to Develop the Education Plan for the School District, the Roper Mountain Science Center Board, the Committee to Review the South Carolina State Board of Education Gifted and Talented Regulations, and the Charles Townes Center Student Improvement Council. She is a member of the Naturaland Trust Board.
Crystal lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina with her husband Jim and their three children Brennan, Kay and Jake.