Former CPS administrator to lead Larkin High

Updated 7/26/2017 4:51 PM

Former Chicago Public Schools administrator Jamie Crosen has been named the new principal of Larkin High School in Elgin.

He replaces Jon Tuin, who is leaving Elgin Area School District U-46 after 27 years to become principal of a high school in California.


Crosen has served as assistant principal of Roberto Clemente Community Academy in Chicago since 2011. He previously was a curriculum coordinator, department chairman and teacher at Tilden Community Academy in Chicago for a year before being selected as an assistant principal. From 2006 to 2010, Crosen was a department chairman and teacher at New Millennium School in Chicago and was named South Chicago Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year.

Crosen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geography from Chicago State University, and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership from American College of Education in Indianapolis. He is among three new high school principals hired by U-46.

Another former Chicago Public Schools administrator -- Krystal Thomas -- will lead Elgin High School. She replaces Jerry Cook, a 21-year veteran educator who is taking the helm at Wheeling High School this fall.

Thomas previously served as principal at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights District 206, which she joined in July 2016, and principal of North Chicago High School from 2013 to 2015. She has worked in various administrative roles with CPS from 2006 to 2013, including as an elementary assistant principal, high school assistant principal and principal.

Michele Chapman-Simmons will lead Streamwood High School this fall. She was an assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Naperville Unit District 203 and previously worked as a science teacher at Streamwood and East Leyden high schools and St. Edward's Catholic High School in Elgin.

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