Ms. Cristal Victoria James
Las Vegas, NV
What do you enjoy most about working/teaching at NSHS?
From kinders to seniors, I have always loved working with kids! When I think back to the teachers I’ve had that made a lasting impression on my life, I think about how wonderful it would be to be that person to one of my students.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I have so many hobbies! I love writing, traveling, cooking, planning, crafting, and reading. I’ve written three books and hope to launch my own consulting company in 2020. I also spend a lot of time with family, friends, and all of our dogs. To me, family and relationships are of the utmost value.
What is your favorite place in the world?
I would say my three favorite places in the world are Las Vegas, England, and New York City. Las Vegas has always been home to me. It is familiar, comforting, exciting, and a place of versatility and possibility. I also think England is a magical place to be. My father is British and I attended King’s College London and the University of Oxford, so I’m familiar with the picturesque villages and the benevolent people who live there. Last but not least, New York City will always have a place in my heart. I spent four years at Columbia University in Manhattan, and grew to love the bustling, bold, and beautiful Big Apple (plus, the food is amazing!)
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell.
Which authors have influenced you the most?
I am a writer and will be a published author by the end of 2019, so I seek inspiration from authors frequently. I believe that Rainbow Rowell, currently my favorite author, has influenced my own writing a great deal. Carrie Jones is another amazing YA author that comes to mind. As a child, Roald Dahl’s books were captivating, and I adored Junie B Jones, the Clique, and other early-reader series. I love to read, and have a library in my home.
What do you hope students will come away with after attending NSHS?
When I was in high school, my family struggled a great deal financially. I remember the joy and pride I had inside my heart when I was able to show my parents my acceptance letter and full-ride academic scholarship to Columbia University as a Kluge Scholar. My hope for our students is that they will not only be able to graduate with joy and pride, but also live out their dreams and make a difference in the world by using education as a pathway to success.