Help CPS Principal Rob Croston
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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We are new to the area where Jenner School is located and I have read many articles through the now closed Dnainfo of Robert's devotion to the children of Jenner and how the school had turned the school around. I pray that your faith will see you both through this time and I pray for a miracle for your Husband. God is still working hard in that area. May God keep you and Bless you.
Hello Robert you & your wife are truly some good neighbors & Rob I miss seeing u walking your dog & I'm sure he misses you too. But u get well & we'll see u soon when you come home & mat God conto to Bless you. Derrick,Sonya & kiarra.
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 .