Westtown-Thornbury Welcomes New Principal

Westtown-Thornbury Welcomes New Principal

Dr. Shawn Cruice Dr. Shawn Cruice


The West Chester Area School District welcomes Dr. Shawn Cruice as the new principal of Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School. Dr. Cruice may be new to Westtown-Thornbury, but he is no stranger to the district, having spent the last seven years as an assistant principal at Peirce Middle School. He also taught math at Stetson Middle School, in addition to stints at Owen J. Roberts, Octorara, and Unionville-Chadsford School District.

The 2020-21 school year marks Dr. Cruice's 18th year in education. His educational philosophy centers around the idea that learning should be active, not passive.

"The primary purpose of education is to inspire students to find their passion and to provide them with the right tools to reach their full potential. All students will learn when taught in a welcoming environment where students feel safe, the curriculum is differentiated to meet individual needs, and instruction is engaging.

Dr. Cruice looks forward to building a community within Westtown-Thornbury that focuses on both relationships and academic excellence.

"The teachers are incredibly dedicated and passionate about student learning. In addition, I have found the parents to be very welcoming and supportive while the students have been nothing but kind and respectful."

What does Dr. Cuice love the most about working with children?

"I love the innocence of children and the opportunity to be another positive role model in their lives."

Dr. Cruice grew up in West Chester and met his wife while attending West Chester East High School. The couple currently resides in Downingtown, with their three children, Kaitlin, Jack, Patrick, and their Golden Retriever, Max. In his spare time, Dr. Cruice likes to golf and spend time at the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches.