Robert Croston

Jenner Academy of the Arts

About Robert Croston

Rob Croston is principal of Jenner Academy of the Arts.  He is a co-pastor in the children ministry of Crusaders Christian Church as well as a member of the Near North Unity Program, Educators for Excellence, Literacenter and #TeachStrong. He is a past recipient of the Near North Unity Program Community Advocate Award and the 2016 Educator of the Year from Chicago State University’s Phi Delta Kappa International chapter. Rob is a Leadership Greater Chicago 2017 Fellow and recipient the David DeCoursey fellow fund.


Rob began at CPS in HR in 2006 and became an educator in 2008 through Teach for America after working in the Office of Principal Preparation and Development (OPPD).  He taught second grade at CICS-Loomis. While working at OPPD, Rob learned from many school leaders about the great possibilities of leading a school to and with excellence that demography is not destiny and that schools can be organized to meet the needs of all students.


Rob believes in the children of Chicago and believes they deserve champions willing to ask and resolve difficult questions. Through the EAC, Rob hopes to learn from other educators and synthesize the lessons learned to improve the quality of teaching and learning across the city. He hopes to improve district policies that impact neighborhood elementary schools.