Director of Education John Crocco Receives National Award

Niagara Catholic is extremely proud to announce that John Crocco, the Board’s Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer, has been named the top school administrator in the country by the Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA). CASSA is the voice for senior education leaders in Canada which influences the direction of national issues that impact on education. CASSA is a federation of provincial and territorial affiliates whose members are professional education leaders.

Mr. Crocco received the organization’s prestigious EXL National Award, naming him as the 2015 Canadian Superintendent of the Year, during the organization’s Annual Conference, which took place in Montreal July 2-4, 2015. Annually, CASSA affiliates from all provinces and territories nominate a Supervisory Officer for the National Award. CASSA then selects a Superintendent or Director as their Superintendent of the Year.

National nominees must be individuals who have “shown exemplary leadership ability and who have enhanced school administration (and) have brought honour to themselves, their colleagues, and their profession; given exemplary service to their provincial or national professional association; and made significant contributions to the field of education through their service, writings, or other activities, therefore serving as role models and teachers to others.” From this list of affiliate nominees, a Canadian Superintendent of the Year is chosen.
This honour follows Mr. Crocco’s selection as the Ontario EXL Award recipient by the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers’ Association (OCSOA), an affiliate of CASSA, in April 2015.

“Congratulations to Director of Education John Crocco for being recognized as the 2015 recipient of the prestigious EXL National Award, presented by Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) at the CASSA Annual Conference in Montreal,” said Father Paul MacNeil, Chair of the Board. “Director Crocco is a tireless advocate for Catholic education wherever he goes. He is a dynamic and innovative leader, which is evidenced by this national recognition. On behalf of the Board and the entire Niagara Catholic family, I congratulate him on this very well-deserved honour.”
Mr. Crocco was selected for this very prestigious national award for the many ways he strives to promote Catholic education, and also for the many innovative programs he has championed and supported throughout his years as a teacher, administrator, Superintendent of Education and as Director.

Mr. Crocco said he was honoured to have been selected to the final four nominated for the CASSA EXL National Award, and humbled when his name was announced as the 2015 recipient.

NCDSB Proud Team

The Niagara Catholic Senior Administrative Team joined Director of Education John Crocco at the Canadian Association of School System Administrors (CASSA) Annual General Meeting. From left are Frank Iannantuono, Mark Lefebvre, Yolanda Baldasaro, Mr. Crocco, Lee Ann Forsyth-Sells and Ted Farrell.

OCSOA with John Crocco July 2 2015

Mr. Crocco previously was honoured with the Provincial EXL Award. Here he is with members of Senior Staff and representatives from the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officer’s Association (OCSOA) at the national event.

“Really, this is a team award for Niagara Catholic; for all of my colleagues in Catholic education and our Board in recognition of our service to students,” said Mr. Crocco, acknowledging the Senior Administrative Team which nominated him for the OCSOA Award earlier this year. “It may have been my name that was announced for this national award, but this honour recognizes the outstanding efforts of Niagara Catholic’s exceptional Senior Administrative Team, who work tirelessly to support the school administrators and staff each and every day. I share this honour with them, with the Board and all staff who serve the vocation of Catholic education for the students of today, and the future. As I have said before, they are a platinum medal team of leadership, knowledge, talent and friendship and represent the very best in Catholic educational leadership in Ontario. Our students are best served by all of us who are engaged in what we continue to accomplish together; for the students we know and the faces and names of students we may never know, but count on us every day to be and do our very best in Catholic education as the feet, voice and hands of Jesus.”

As the Canadian Superintendent of the Year, Mr. Crocco will be recognized at the annual American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Conference, where the American Superintendent of the Year is selected. He will attend the 2016 AASA Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

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