Ms. Melissa Couch, Principal
Ms. Erica Smolinski, Assistant Principal
Mr. Joseph Sweeney, Assistant Principal
Meet Mrs. Couch
Meet Ms. Smolinski
Hello, fellow Panthers! I am Erica Smolinski, and I am excited to be a part of the Crone team this year! This is my third year at Crone; I had the pleasure of being an assistant principal at Scullen Middle School, just down the street, for six years. Prior to that, I was an administrator in Dixon, Illinois. I began teaching in 1998 in Spring Wood Middle School in Hanover Park, Illinois. There I taught 8th grade reading and language arts, and I also coached the dance team. I have worked in a middle school my entire educational career, and I cannot imagine working anywhere else! My undergraduate work took place at Illinois State University. I then completed two masters programs - one at St. Xavier University and the other at Aurora University. I am currently a doctoral student at Lewis University, studying educational leadership and social justice. I look forward to a great year with all of you, and I am thrilled to be a Panther!
Meet Mr. Sweeney
My name is Joe Sweeney, and I am the Assistant Principal of Crone Middle School. Prior to coming to Crone, I was the Dean of Students at Oswego High School in Oswego, IL. I worked at Oswego High School for nine years, five as a Business Teacher, and four as a Dean.
I earned a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. I earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University in Aurora, IL . I was a product of District 204 schools, and I am honored to serve as the Assistant Principal at Crone Middle School where "Every day is a great day to be a PANTHER!"