Help CPS Principal Rob Croston

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Sheena Croston  CHICAGO, IL
Please help CPS Principal Robert Croston overcome Marfan Syndrome, a disorder that has resulted in Rob undergoing multiple heart surgeries and more than 9 weeks in the hospital since September. Marfan Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue resulting in potentially life-threatening complications of heart and aorta function.  Because of Rob’s health, neither he nor his wife Sheena, a CPS school counselor, have been able to work this school year.

Rob is the beloved principal of Jenner Academy of the Arts, a public elementary school in the former Cabrini-Green neighborhood in Chicago. Under his leadership, Jenner students have made significant gains in attendance, performance, and social-emotional development. His motto -- be the N.E.S.T. (Be Neighborly, Stay Engaged, Be Scholarly, and Use Teamwork) – has energized students, parents, and teachers alike. His big smile, colorful bow ties, and encouraging words are missed everyday in the halls of Jenner. 

Although he is only 33, Rob has already been recognized for his inspired leadership and dedicated teaching. He was recently named "Educator of the Year" by the Chicago State University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International. He also received the 2016 Community Service Award from Brothers Standing Together and the Community Advocate Award from the Near North Unity Program. He was also honored to have been designated the 2016 David DeCoursey Fellow in "Leadership Greater Chicago," a leadership development organization that brings together high performing civic leaders to tackle the city's most pressing issues.

Rob received a Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's School Leadership Program, a Masters in Social Science from the University of Chicago, a Masters in Teaching from Dominican University, and a BA in Political Science and Government from Marquette University. Before serving in CPS, Rob served as a school director for Teach for America and a teacher/academy director for EdisonLearning.

Rob’s wife Sheena has been by his side throughout his many surgeries and extended hospitalization. Sheena also works for CPS as a school counselor at Morrill Elementary School in Englewood.  Sheena received her BA in psychology from Aurora University, a Master of Arts degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a Master of Education degree in counseling from DePaul University.

Rob and Sheena are pastors at Crusaders Church.  Together, they lead the children’s ministry. They live in the West Pullman Community in Chicago where they enjoy celebrating their rivalry between Sheena’s Bears and Rob’s Packers.

Rob is not able to return to work at this time so please join us in supporting Team Croston as Rob recovers. Rob and Sheena desperately need our prayers and financial support. Funds will be used to help cover medical and living expenses. 

Thank you so much for your love, prayers, and support during this time.
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Update 1
Posted by Sheena Croston
18 days ago
Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support! We are overjoyed with your generosity toward us. Rob is stronger day by day! If you know Rob, you know he is a man of many words with a big sense of humor. I want to invite those that have been encouraged by Rob, shared a laugh with Rob, or have a funny story about Rob to share those stories with us at LettersToAPrincipal@gmail.com. Words are life, so let's shower Rob with our words of life, love, and power in our Letters to a Principal, Rob Croston! Thank you to all the children, families, and educators from Crusaders Children's Church (C3), Jenner Academy of The Arts, and CICS Loyd Bond Elementary School who have already sent letters.
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Julia Ross
25 days ago

likeSᴛᴀʀᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ғʀᴏᴍ ʜᴏᴍᴇ! Gʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴊᴏʙ ғᴏʀ sᴛᴜᴅᴇɴᴛs, sᴛᴀʏ-ᴀᴛ-ʜᴏᴍᴇ ᴍᴏᴍs ᴏʀ ᴀɴʏᴏɴᴇ ɴᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴇxᴛʀᴀ ɪɴᴄᴏᴍᴇ... Yᴏᴜ ᴏɴʟʏ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ʀᴇʟɪᴀʙʟᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ ᴄᴏɴɴᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ... Mᴀᴋᴇ $90 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ $15000 ᴀ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʙʏ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʟɪɴᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴛᴛᴏᴍ ᴀɴᴅ sɪɢɴɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ... Yᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴇᴇᴋ... Go to the web :: ═►WWW.joinpay40.C­O­M

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Reda Howell
1 month ago

Mr. Croston my prayers are with you and your Wife . Your were my son Jonathan Howell teacher in second grade . You were one of the best teachers he has had. I remember you talking to your students in second grade about different Universities and Colleges. Each time I picked Jonathan up from your class your were working with your students . We need more positive roll models like you. I hope this make you feel better to know that Jonathan is now attending Walter Payton H.S. He is a freshmen .

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$43,387 of $100k goal

Raised by 498 people in 1 month
Created December 19, 2016
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Michael Gann
3 days ago

Thoughts and prayers

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Chanelle Gilchrist
4 days ago
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Dawn Prather-Hawk
5 days ago
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DeJernet Farder
7 days ago
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Anonymous
7 days ago
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Deborah Farrow
8 days ago
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M. McLaurin
9 days ago

Crostons, keep the faith!

RT
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Rashad and Raven Talley
9 days ago

Team Croston all day long! We miss you Sheena, but we know Rob needs your strength and energy right now, so we aren't selfish! Be encouraged.

SG
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Senalda Grady
10 days ago

May God continue to bless you and your family as you are working on getting stronger.

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Anonymous
10 days ago
Julia Ross
25 days ago

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Reda Howell
1 month ago

Mr. Croston my prayers are with you and your Wife . Your were my son Jonathan Howell teacher in second grade . You were one of the best teachers he has had. I remember you talking to your students in second grade about different Universities and Colleges. Each time I picked Jonathan up from your class your were working with your students . We need more positive roll models like you. I hope this make you feel better to know that Jonathan is now attending Walter Payton H.S. He is a freshmen .

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