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Crystal Bobb-Semple

Founder/CEO
Plato Learning

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Crystal Bobb-Semple is the Founder/CEO of Plato Learning, the company behind the exuberant literary summer programs, Camp Half-Blood and the Double-Daring Camp for Girls. Plato Learning transforms classic stories into play-based explorations of History, conflict, morality and character development through a unique platform that helps kids develop social courage. Since 2010 her company has established itself as one of the foremost enrichment programs in Brooklyn for kids age 6-14. She is working to enlarge the company’s footprint throughout New York City with the ultimate vision of extending its model across the nation. Bobb-Semple has been a community leader for nearly two decades. In addition to owning and operating Brownstone Books (2000-2010) she has been active in developing businesses and civic organizations that have evolved the educational landscape, and bolstered efforts to bring industry to Brooklyn. She sits on the board of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, co-founded The Brooklyn Brownstone School and Stuyvesant Heights Parents Association and produces The Word of Mom; a yearly forum for independent private school admissions directors to connect with families in Central Brooklyn. Bobb-Semple is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education where she is researching progressive education teaching practices in communities of color. She resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant with her husband and two children and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn.