As Hickory Creek Middle School welcomes a new class of students in the 2019-2020 school year, it also welcomes a new principal.
Jason Crockett was hired to become Hickory Creek’s principal effective July 1, after Will Seidelmann announced his plan to resign at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Seidelmann accepted a position at Chicago Heights School District 170 where he will assist district leaders to reimagine the way middle school students are educated. Seidelmann will serve as the principal of a new middle school at the district. He served as Hickory Creek’s principal from 2015-2019, and under his tenure, the school was named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School.
Crockett joins Hickory Creek after serving as the assistant principal of Bryan Middle School in Elmhurst for the last four years. There, he was on the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Committee, and he worked closely with the school’s Parent Teacher Association, Student Services, Special Education Department, teacher assistants, school-related professionals, and teachers.
Additionally, he served as the school’s athletic director, and helped organize assemblies and community partnership events.
Prior to working in Elmhurst, Crockett taught eighth-grade social studies at F. E. Peacock Middle School in Itasca for 10 years and served as a team leader at the school for six of those years. He also coached cross country and volleyball, was on the district’s PBIS Committee, served as a union representative, and helped raise funds for the Itasca School District 10 Foundation with the PTA.
Of his experiences so far, Crockett said he is proudest of being able to blend social-emotional learning into instruction and make that part of the culture at Bryan Middle School.
Crockett was one of 39 applicants for the principal position, and he was selected as the top candidate.
When he was in high school, he was a camp counselor, and he enjoyed the experience of being able to work with younger students. He also was influenced by a high school history teacher who made learning about history fun and interesting.
Crockett’s recent focus on a blend of academics, behavioral support, and social-emotional learning are what drew him to applying for the principal position at Hickory Creek.
Crockett has a bachelor’s degree in history from Western Illinois University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University and a master’s degree in school leadership, also from Concordia. He is originally from Woodridge.
In his free time, Crockett enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends; bowling; playing softball; golfing; taking road trips; and going to country music concerts.