Chris Cronas - Principal
In 2011, Chris Cronas was appointed principal for Wedgwood. He was the assistant principal at Nathan Eckstein Middle School, a position he held for two years. Prior to his assistant principal role, Mr. Cronas was an instruction and curriculum coach for three years. He also taught four years overseas in Japan, and is fluent in Japanese.
His professional preparation includes a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and English Education from Ithaca College and Master of Education from the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington.
New Interim Principal Announced: Chris Cronas
July 26, 2010
Dear Wedgwood Community:
It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Chris Cronas as the interim principal of Wedgwood Elementary School, effective immediately. After reviewing characteristics provided by the school community, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Susan Enfield and I believe that Mr. Cronas’ recent administrative experience in Seattle Public Schools and his background as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and assistant middle school principal qualifies him to be an excellent interim principal choice for Wedgwood Elementary School. His student-centered approach means that he works for the success of all students at every level; he exhibits personal integrity and an ability to foster positive change.
Mr. Cronas’ appointment will ensure continuity of Wedgwood’s current programs. He is currently the assistant principal at Nathan Eckstein Middle School, a position he has held for the past two years. This role has provided him an opportunity to gain experience as an instructional leader in a school setting comparable to Wedgwood, with Spectrum and special education programs. His responsibilities included supervising and evaluating staff, leading professional development workshops in the areas of curriculum, assessment and instruction, and overseeing the humanities department and its implementation of Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop. Additionally, he worked with staff and community partners including the PTSA, Community Learning Center, and Building Leadership Team facilitating budget and grant development and providing student advocacy and support.
Mr. Cronas’ work demonstrates his commitment to collaborative decision-making through a clear and effective communication process that solicits input from appropriate stakeholders. He values relationships with staff, students, families, and community, and is committed to ensuring academic success for all students.
Prior to his assistant principal role, Mr. Cronas was a house administrator, an instruction and curriculum coach, and taught overseas in Japan for four years. He is fluent in Japanese. His professional preparation includes a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and English Education from Ithaca College and Master of Education from the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington.
We want to again take this opportunity to thank Denise Espania for her outstanding educational leadership. Her dedication to providing the best possible education for every child has been a gift to the Wedgwood school community. We wish her all the best in her new role as assistant principal at Nathan Eckstein Middle School.
Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, Ph.D.