Scott Crisp

Scott Crisp, left, stands with the other campus fellows at the U.S. Department of Education. Crisp participated in the prestigious fellowship in the 2017-18 school year, traveling back and forth to D.C. while remaining in his role as principal of Jackson Hole High School.

Scott Crisp is a U.S. Department of Education School Ambassador Fellow. Again.

The Jackson Hole High School principal is part of a cohort of eight educators from around the country who will work on capstone projects and present their findings to the federal Education Department. Crisp’s project will focus on the challenges that rural teachers and students face.

In the 2017-18 school year, Crisp was a fellow in the same program, crisscrossing the country on flights to Washington, D.C., to participate.

“In public education the ability to stay fresh in your work is critical,” Crisp told the Jackson Hole News&Guide at the time. “[The district] expects to be the best, we expect to be some of the best schools in the West, so these kinds of experiences push on that.”

The School Ambassador Fellow program aims to improve national education policy by incorporating the expertise of teachers and administrators who are actually in the classroom with students. Crisp and his cohorts will collaborate with each other and Education Department officials to craft new national policy.

The prestigious fellowship is a chance to integrate the things Teton County School District No. 1 has learned from educating rural students. Two of the fellows are full-time, working in the nation’s capital, but Crisp and five others are on the part-time track, which will allow them to maintain their day jobs while participating.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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