Veteran teacher named interim director of Summit CDS Upper School

Summit teacher assumes role of Upper School Director

Upper School teacher Kelly Cronin

The Summit Country Day School has tapped award-winning Upper School teacher Kelly Cronin to be Interim Upper School Director effective for the 2019-20 school year.

Ms. Cronin will replace John Thornburg who will assume the headmaster position at Malden Catholic High School in Boston. A national search for a permanent Upper School Director will commence to fill the Upper School position in the 2020-21 school year. 

“The Upper School will be in good hands next year,” said Rich Wilson, Head of School. “Kelly is a seasoned and master educator who has already led the school in many roles.”

Ms. Cronin received The Summit’s highest teaching recognition in 2014 when she was named the Schilderink Family Faculty Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She was Dean of Students in the Upper School from 2011 to 2015 with responsibility for student behavior. She has been Upper School scheduling coordinator since 2007. As an emeritus member of the Blackbaud Learning Management System Advisory Board, she interacts with teachers nationwide about best practices in student records management.  

Currently, she is a member of the steering committee leading the school’s re-accreditation process through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. She also serves as social studies department coordinator and teaches Advanced Placement (AP) European History and Honors Modern World History.  

Ms. Cronin teaches some of the most rigorous courses that the school offers and has led competitive extracurricular teams. She has mentored seven Summit students over the years whose research writing was published in the Concord Review, a national publication which champions high school research writing. She has led a string of Mock Trial teams to regional and state level competition since 2001. 

“Ms. Cronin’s demanding, writing-intensive and analytical courses are a formative skill-building experience for her students, who, as alumni, sing her praises when they come back to The Summit to visit,” said Mr. Wilson.

Ms. Cronin has been a member of the College Board AP World History Group since 2006 and the AP European History Teachers Group since 2001. She received a M.A. in Russian history with a minor in European history from Indiana University and a B.A. with distinction and department honors in history and Slavic languages and literature from Northwestern University. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She spent two years in Russia studying the Russian language and history. Prior to her arrival at The Summit, she taught study skills and critical thinking at Miami University’s Hamilton campus and research methods at the University of Cincinnati.

Nancy Berlier
Communications Director
The Summit Country Day School
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