Veteran teacher named director of Summit CDS Upper School

Summit Upper School Director Kelly Cronin

Kelly Cronin is the new Upper School Director at The Summit Country Day School.

The Summit Country Day School Head of School Rich Wilson has named Interim Upper School Director Kelly Cronin as the new Upper School Director effective immediately.

“Ms. Cronin has clearly demonstrated her ability to take on this complex position,” said Mr. Wilson. “We have exciting strategic plans around character-based leadership and creative problem-solving. I am confident she is the best person to lead the Upper School as we move forward.”

Ms. Cronin replaced John Thornburg who assumed the headmaster position at Malden Catholic High School in Boston.

She received The Summit’s highest teaching recognition in 2014 when she was named the Schilderink Family Faculty Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She has taught some of the most rigorous courses that the school offers. 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. Ms. Cronin also was Dean of Students in the Upper School from 2011 to 2015.

Ms. Cronin was a member of the steering committee leading the school’s re-accreditation process through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. 

As an emeritus member of the Blackbaud Learning Management System Advisory Board, Ms. Cronin interacts with teachers nationwide about best practices in student records management.

She has been a member of the College Board AP World History Group since 2006 and the AP European History Teachers Group since 2001. She earned 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.