About Mr. Croy

Mr. CroyAbout Mr. Croy:

I startred teaching in 1991.  I Love it!  It is amazing how fast the years have gone.

I have been involved in many different activities as a teacher.  I have coached football, wrestling, and track.  I have been the advisor of the School Magazine of the Arts, hosted a Poetry Coffee House, served as a co-director of a Middle School musical, Krazy Kamp, and I served as our FCA Huddle Coach.  I have even been the advisor of a middle school computer programming club. I enjoy helping out with the other programs at our school, like our annual spelling bee and writing contests.  I’m not finished yet.  The best is yet to come.

I have been asked many times why I chose to become a teacher, and especially a middle school English teacher.  Well, I became a teacher because I believe it is a powerful way to impact lives and make a difference in the world. Why English? I love to read and I want to share the gifts of enjoying literature and the power to communicate in a meaningful way with my students.  Teaching also allows me to combine all of my other interests together and share them.  If I touch but one life in my career as a teacher, then I consider my work a success, but I of course attempt to impact all of my students every year in some meaningful way.

I have not forgotten what it’s like to be a student either.

I am very excited at looking at ways to integrate technology into education.  I am always looking at the latest technology and wondering, “How can I use that in my classroom?”

I love to write, speak, and create art.

I love my family!  I have a wonderful wife and four amazing daughters!

I have the coolest dog in the world. His name is Jedi. He can do many tricks including: sit, high-five, fist-bump, roll over, army crawl, play dead, and walk on his hind legs like a human. He wear a tie. He is very special.

I refuse to grow up!

I am honored to have been recognized by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2011.

I am also honored to have been accepted to the Google Teacher Academy 2012 and become a Google Certified Teacher.

I was selected as a PBS Digital Innovator in 2013.

I published my first book, Along Came a Leader  in 2015. It is a nonfiction book focused on helping people become better leaders at work, school, in their family, sports, church, community, and even develop more fully as an individual. I am working on my second book, Unthink Before Bed, which is a children’s book. It is written and I am finishing the illustrations.

That’s about it.


How old am I?

I was born in 1969. You do the math.

When’s my birthday?

July 28th

Favorite Movies:

The Blues Brothers, Big Fat Liar, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, Christmas Vacation, All Star Wars movies, All Indiana Jones movies.

Favorite Authors:

Ernest Hemingway, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkein, Matthew Kelly, and many, many others.

Favorite TV Shows:

College Football, SNL, CNN, Hogan’s Heroes, The Middle

How many siblings do I have?

Two sisters and a brother.

What are my hobbies?

I enjoy writing, drawing, painting, public speaking, animation, technology, being a dad, and reading.


U2, Buckeyes, Rice Krispy Treats, Diet Mt. Dew

My Dreams:

To publish a book.

To climb a mountain. (Seriously.)

To travel to Europe. 

Visit every continent.

Take a sea kayaking adventure in an ocean.

To wield a real light saber. (Still serious.)

To have more money than I know what to do with, and then do something incredible with it.

Be the keynote speaker at a huge event with an audience of thousands under a spotlight. 

To meet the following people: A US president, The Pope, Bono and all of U2, Oprah, Gary Trudeau, J.K. Rowling.

To be remembered as a good and kind teacher.



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    Madison Szymanowski just wanting to let you know follow your heart into doing your hopes and dreams. Also, thank you for being such a great ELA teacher in the years 2016 – 2017. I truly appreciate it!