Krystal Folk, LMSW received her BSW from the University at Albany and her MSW from Columbia School of Social Work (CCSW). She is a Founding Lead School Social Worker at a KIPP Purpose Academy middle school where she provides counseling and crisis intervention services to students while helping to create the founding social work and special education teams. Krystal has previous experience working in the juvenile justice system as a therapist in an alternative to incarceration program and as a forensic social worker at a public defenders’ office. These and similar experiences ignited her passion for criminal justice reform, specifically dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and decreasing its impact on Black and Brown youth. Because of this, Krystal is now in the process of pursuing her Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) at NYU Silver.
Krystal reconnected with CSSW and works part-time as a Live Support Specialist for the school’s online Master of Social Work program. She has represented the CSSW’s online campus at various conferences. Krystal is also a Field Instructor at NYU Silver where she is also her DSW cohort’s class representative and the DSW program’s representative for the Social Justice Praxis Committee.
Krystal is a die-hard Brooklynite who is currently living in Manhattan with her fiancé and their rescued pups. In her free time, Krystal enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, and watching reality tv shows.