With the start of school, change is inevitable. In the Upper Division, there are new faces, a new schedule, and a new Dean of Students. Mr. Kevin Crossno is our new Dean of Students, but he isn’t completely new to the Casady community. During his previous time at Casady, he taught fifth and seventh grade history and assisted the theatre department with Middle and Upper Division productions. Additionally, he served as the Assistant Division Director for the Middle Division. For the past six years Mr. Crossno was the Head of the Intermediate and Middle School at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas. Thankfully, he decided to return to Casady where he enjoys the “feeling of support and community that you feel when you walk around the campus.”
Mr. Crossno was born and raised in Holdenville, a small town in south central Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business/Organizational Administration from Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University. Mr. Crossno was inspired to go into education because he enjoys “the energy, the possibilities, and the promise of young adults.”
As the new Dean of Students for the Upper Division, Mr. Crossno wants “to empower students to plan and imagine a better Casady and then work to make it happen.” He is ready to listen to students’ questions and comments. Mr. Crossno is also looking forward to meeting with students and learn about their goals for the upcoming year.
As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, Mr. Nathan Sheldon has encouraged us to find the “20 seconds of insane courage” that will help us achieve a successful year. Mr. Crossno has a similar philosophy for how students can approach this new school year. He believes that Upper Division students should “experience life by trying as many new things as you can. Be comfortable with saying, ‘I don’t know, but I will find out.’” Both of these beliefs require some amount of bravery, so feel free to email Mr. Crossno or flag him down around campus when you’re in need of some “insane courage,” to try something new or to figure out a problem. Good luck with this new school year, Cyclones, and hopefully you will have the courage to step out of your comfort zone!