USNA Volunteer Spotlight: Crystal Hochhalter

Get to know this year's Music Night Chair through a question and answer session with Volunteer Coordinator Helen Jahangir.
Q: Names of child/children that are at USN and include grade/s.   
A: Camille ‘33

Q: How many years have you been involved at USN? 
A: This is my third year.

Q: How are/have you been involved at USN? 
A: I served as room parent for First Grade Teacher Lizzie Ammerman’s class last year, and again this year for Second Grade Teachers Molly Darr and Megan Peterson. For this past Artclectic, I took on the role of Communications Chair in which I formed our media plan/ buys, communications material & ran the social media channels. I am excited to chair Music Night on Saturday, April 1.

Q: Why do you do it? 
A: When my daughter entered USN in the fall of 2020, we only knew one family. I was determined to build relationships within the school — even if it was via Zoom meetings. USNA was an amazing opportunity to not only build relationships but also listen to guest speakers and learn about volunteer needs. I love being involved & serving our school community.

Q: Would you do it again? Why? 
A: I can see myself taking the learnings from prior experiences and applying them toward another round with Artclectic or Music Night if needed in the future.

Q: Words of wisdom? Piece of advice?
A: Get involved and come to USNA and Dads' Alliance meetings if you can. Or, if you’re unable to attend meetings, signing up for a volunteer spot is deeply appreciated.

Q: What do you love most about USN? 
A: USN’s inclusive learning environment makes me feel both fortunate and proud to be a member of the community. 

Q: What else do you have going on in your life outside of chairing Music Night?  
A: I am a Project Manager at Zehnder Communications, a full-service marketing and advertising agency. You can also find me on campus once a month volunteering with our Girl Scout Brownie troop. During our free time, our family loves making music, ice skating, hiking, camping and spending time with our family dog, Belle.

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University School of Nashville models the best educational practices. In an environment that represents the cultural and ethnic composition of Metropolitan Nashville, USN fosters each student’s intellectual, artistic, and athletic potential, valuing and inspiring integrity, creative expression, a love of learning, and the pursuit of excellence.