Dear Westtown-Thornbury Community,
It is with great pride and gratitude that I write this letter to officially introduce myself as Principal of Westtown-Thornbury Elementary. As a product of the distinguished West Chester Area School District and an educator for the past 18 years, it is an honor to assume this role. My Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, along with my Masters of Education and Doctorate in Policy, Planning, & Administration, have prepared me to lead Westtown-Thornbury to high levels of academic achievement. As a classroom teacher of grades three through eight for nearly a decade and an Assistant Principal for seven years, I understand the importance of providing a safe learning environment where all students can learn. Achieving academic excellence begins with relationship building and a positive school culture. All students will have a voice and feel valued in our school.
As a father of three, married to my high school sweetheart, family values are extremely important to me. My wife, Alison, is an elementary school teacher. My daughter Kaitlin is a freshman in high school with a passion for basketball while my boys, Jack (11) and Patrick (7), enjoy a variety of sports from soccer to basketball to baseball and more. We reside in Downingtown with our 5-year-old Golden Retriever, Max.
Although times are uncertain with the current pandemic, you can continue to expect excellence from our faculty and staff. We are diligent in adhering to social distancing and CDC guidelines while maximizing instructional time with students. I have already seen first-hand the dedication, enthusiasm, and creativity of our teachers. They are passionate about teaching and learning and it is my job to provide support and encouragement so that all students receive the outstanding education they deserve. We will persevere through this pandemic together and we will come out stronger because of it.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time with questions or concerns. This is the beginning of a wonderful journey together.
Dr. Shawn Cruice