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The North Shelby School District welcomes Tinna Croy as the Superintendent.
Croy will begin her position July 1, 2022. She will be replacing Kim Gaines, who has been with the district for 20 years, eight of those as Superintendent.
Below are the questions and responses between the Herald and Croy.
What is your job title now? How long have you been in this position? Background?
I am currently the K-4 Principal at Brookfield R-III. I have had the privilege of holding this position for the past five years.
What is your background in education?
Prior to Brookfield, I was the K-12 Principal at Tri-County for three years. I have 12 years of teaching experience. And I have coached basketball, softball and track at both the junior high and high school levels. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in elementary education, I earned my master’s in adult education. I went on to receive my specialist degree in administration and went on to complete my doctorate.
Is being a Superintendent something you have wanted to do?
I have set goals for my professional growth since I started teaching. So, yes, I have had the goal set to become a superintendent but wanted to have enough years in administration to bring experience to that office prior to moving up. I am finalizing my doctorate. I feel that by adding this degree to my knowledge base as I move into a superintendent position, I am equipped to serve the district well.
Why the North Shelby School District?
When the job position was posted, I began to research the district. I am picky about where I work. After meeting the board and talking with them, I feel very confident that we will be an awesome team. The small community, academic strength and extra-curricular activities all link together. North Shelby isn’t one sided. The students are successful in all areas. The community support is amazing. I LOVE that. When kids feel supported not only from their immediate family but also from their friends’ family, their teachers and business owners, they have already won whatever challenge they are facing.
My current district attended LETRS training in Kirksville. After my staff learned of my career change, a Title I teacher talked with me about the progress in writing that the North Shelby elementary teachers had shared during these same LETRS training sessions. Teachers taking part in professional development to better provide instruction and ensure growth among their students was great to hear. This just added to the fact that I made a great decision to join the North Shelby team.
What do you want to bring to this school district?
I want to bring experience, knowledge, positiveness and a continuum of community. There are so many components that are working well at North Shelby. I am excited for the opportunity to continue this success as well as assist the district in future growth. I always have an open-door policy and believe in the power of positive relationships. I look forward to getting to know the community, staff and students.
What do you want those in the district to know about you?
I grew up on a small farm. My mom stayed home, and my dad was a farmer who raised cattle and hogs as well as row cropped. We were in 4H growing up and learned the value of hard work. My husband and I have been married for almost 32 years. Our two sons, Pake who is 29 and Mason who is 27. The boys were actively involved in their high school FFA chapter. And they both attended college on rodeo scholarships so farming and family involvement have always been a big part of my life. Our family likes to spend time together camping, traveling and boating on the lake. Mason blessed us with our first grandchild five years ago. Becoming a grandparent is one of the best gifts in which we have been blessed.