As stated in her nomination, "For the last thirty years Cristine Crooks has made an important footprint on the landscape of arts in education in Alaska. From her beginnings as a teacher in Juneau in 1977, through principalships in two Juneau schools (1984-1991) and then in her role as Staff Development and Curriculum Coordinator she consistently and continuously created opportunities for arts instruction.
Crooks is the Project Co-Coordinator of federally funded Project ARTiculate with the Fairbanks School District, in charge of disseminating its K-12 visual arts curriculum kits and training. She was on the board of the Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) since its inception until recently, when she became an Advisor and contractor in charge of summer institutes. For the 140+ teachers who have participated in AAEC Basic or Advanced Institutes Cristine is their hero."
Crooks received her award at the Governor's Awards Ceremony in Anchorage Oct. 23.