CrysMiss time is here… happiness and cheer!

If you think about my name, Crystal Missler, it’s really not so complicated. But the story goes like this… Just after college I moved to the Philippines and began serving at Faith Academy. I taught 25ish middle schoolers in a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants drama class. Upon introducing myself to them they immediately asked if they could just call me Miss Miss instead of Miss Missler. Well, I thought that was a lovely plan since being called Miss Missler felt so… old. 🙂 Everyone called me MissMiss, students, staff, secretaries, parents… apparently it’s really fun to say. Fast forward 7 years and a new crop of seniors (you know the kind, the ones that start to decide to see if they can call you by your first name and get away with it) had a dawning realization that was even more fantastical. And suddenly, one day at approximately 10:30am CrysMiss time began.

Every day is CrysMiss Day

It’s true, right? Well, for me anyway. And if it’s CrysMiss all the time how could it not be fun? If you think about the actual Christmas you’ll find these 2 things. #1 It’s a crazy complicated time full of friends, family, food, fun, surprise, joy, etcetc. Pretty much the greatest time ever. And #2 Stripped down it’s simply about love. The love of parents for their child. The love of a Father giving of his only son. The love of a Savior born to give his life for mine. And well, goodness me, that’s pretty much sums up my life and what I’m about. I’m a little bit of an adventure junkie, I treasure my peeps (see: flat world), I’m pretty much always having the greatest time ever OR you could say hanging out with me is pretty much the greatest time ever. Uh huh uh huh uh huh. #kiddingbutnotreally But when you get down to it, I may have an extraordinary life but it’s only because I am extraordinarily loved.

Faith Academy is an International Christian school, offering K-12 education for missionary, national, and international students. Faith utilizes a globally-recognized curriculum, and provides a progressive, well-rounded education. Faith Academy teachers and students represent more than 20 nationalities. The great majority of Faith staff are missionaries who have a love for students and a strong desire to serve the Lord through education. The majority of Faith’s graduates go on to higher education at colleges and universities around the globe. Faith is located approximately 14 miles (22 km) from downtown Manila, in the Antipolo/Cainta area.

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By now you've probably already figured out that I enjoy my life in the Philippines but probably have no idea what I do. Well, that's because I have no idea what I do. Ok, that's not entirely true, I do sometimes know what I'm doing. I am currently serving as Cadd Fine Arts Center Manager. Cadd houses a full 907 seat theater and several smaller meeting spaces that are used for a variety of school events from concerts and plays, to weekly chapels and staff meetings. I am the calendar ninja, making sure that all campus events play nice together nicely. I also direct plays, dabble in graphic design, co-advise the student executive council aka ExCo and teach HS theater classes. I've also been known to bring a mac back to life a time or two as an apple support technician.
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