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April 18, 2016

Faces of Fauquier: Cop mentors middle schoolers

“I grew up in Vermont,” Mundy Crummett says. “I’m not a city person. I like the wide-open spaces and being outdoors.”
Everyone messes up. You treat them like your own kids. You tell them, ‘You messed up and there are going to be consequences.’ But you let them know you still love them. In high school, you have to be more of a cop, but in middle school you are more of a mentor.
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She sees herself as a mentor to more than 480 middle school students.

Mundy Crummett, a school resource officer at Taylor Middle in Warrenton for 10 years, builds relationships with students as she interacts with them throughout the day.

“Don’t be afraid to be goofy . . . . Show them its OK to laugh at yourself and have people laugh at you,” Ms. Crummett said of her approach to the job. “This is such a rough age for kids right now, and it’s getting harder and harder with social media.”

With an infectious laugh and enthusiastic personality, Ms. Crummett greets students by name and gives them high fives in the hallway.

“I’m out in the cafeteria meeting the kids. I go and play with them in PE. You just go out and be with them,” she said. “The kids used to call me Mama Crummett and then Coach Crummett and, now that I have grandchildren, Mawmaw Crummett.”

A sheriff’s deputy for 20 years, Ms. Crummett says she chose a law enforcement career because she wanted to help people.

Ms. Crummett started volunteering at the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office under Joe Higgs. She began working in the emergency dispatch department in 1996 and then became a deputy in the jail and civil process.

In 2006, she became a school resource officer.

“I like working with kids,” Ms. Crummett said. “They keep you on your toes.”

She also has coached youth sports throughout Fauquier for 20 years.

She proudly displays photos and mementos given to her by previous students and those she has coached in basketball, softball and soccer.

Ms. Crummett says she tries to mediate disagreements and motivate students to make good decisions.

“Kids change so much,” she said. Some of the challenges of her job include “getting people to understand that, ‘I know they would have never done that before,’ however, things are changing, they are trying to impress more of their friends then their family.

“I tell the kids, ‘You don’t have to like everybody, but you have to respect each other so you can be in the building without being salty’,” or having a bad attitude.

She lists the job’s rewards as the relationships she builds with students and those she inspires.

Ms. Crummett estimates about 12 former students have gone into law enforcement careers.

“It’s incredible . . . knowing you helped with some of their decisions,” she said.

• Age

• Home

• Work
Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor Middle School resource officer, 2006 to present (in addition, served at Cedar Lee, Auburn and Warrenton off and on); deputy since 1996.

• Why do you do the job?
I like helping the kids. I’ve screwed up more than my fair share in my life. and I always had good support from my parents. Some of these kids don’t have a lot of family support. If you can be the one they can turn to in a rough time, that’s why you do it. If you can help influence a better decision . . . . Everyone messes up. You treat them like your own kids. You tell them, ‘You messed up and there are going to be consequences.’ But you let them know you still love them. In high school, you have to be more of a cop, but in middle school you are more of a mentor.

• Family
Husband, Charlie; daughters, Angel and Robinette; two grandchildren.

• Education
Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, road school, 2006; Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, deputy school, 1997; Victory Baptist School, Nokesville, 1987.

• Civic and/or church involvement
Member, Soul Purpose Church. Athletic director at Taylor Middle School. Former coach for 20 years: girls softball, basketball and soccer; some co-ed teams.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 1985.

• Why do you live here?
I married a Fauquier boy. He was born and bred in Fauquier County. I grew up in Vermont. I’m not a city person. I like the wide-open spaces and being outdoors.

• How do you describe this county?
Huge, when you have a call on one end and you are on the other end. It’s really diverse. You have the really rich portion and really poor portion, and then you have the middle class. It’s growing. It’s home.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Though I hate cities, get more industry. Maybe it would balance out some of the income shortages.

• What do you do for fun?
I’m training my dog, Torro, to become a therapy dog.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
I like going to C.M. Crockett Park near Midland with my dog. He kayaks with me.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
Probably too many houses. A lot less rural than it used to be.

• Favorite TV show?
“Ice Cold Killers,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “I Love Lucy.”

• Favorite movie?
I’m not a big movie person. “The Sound of Music.” When the Von Trapps fled Austria and settled in Vermont, my grandparents worked on their farm.

• Favorite book?
Anything by Nora Roberts. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Vermont. Going home back to my mountain.

• Favorite food?
Shrimp and steak.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
My parents (taught me) sometimes things are out of your control that happen, but how you respond to it and how you pick yourself up from there, that really defines you. You can sit there and whine about it or you can pick yourself up and do something about it. If you don’t like where you are . . . change it.

• Who’s your hero and why?
Other than my parents, Taylor Middle’s Principal Ruth Nelson. She is who I want to be if I ever grow up — classy, strong. She is probably the strongest lady I know.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Build a house. Give each of my kids a couple $100,000 and get a camper in Vermont. Give my daughter some money to let my daughter go to nursing school full-time and not have to work.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

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• Remington Baptist Pastor David Blevins devotes himself to helping others.

• Civics a passion for Fauquier election poll worker Ben McCartney.

• Philip Mulford makes a career of the search for middle ground.

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• Sherrie Carter’s creativity becomes her business.

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• Jim Cirillo’s call to Casanova extended.

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• Earl Arrington serves printing customers and his community.

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• Health care for the needy Rob Marino’s mission.

• Daphne Latimore focuses on human capital.

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