Tim Crook is in his first year as an assistant professor in the teacher education faculty at Asbury University. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Asbury in 1975. Professor Crook had a varied background in his 27 years in public schools. He taught for 9 years in an elementary school teaching from 3rd grade up to 6th grade. During his 9 years in the classroom he earned his Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Georgetown College and his Instructional Supervisor’s certification as well as his Elementary Principal’s certification from the University of Kentucky. In his 10th year in public schools, Tim became an Instructional Supervisor, a district position he held for two years. He was then principal at three different schools, ending his public school career as principal at Northside Elementary in Midway, Kentucky in 2002. After retiring from public education, Tim was an instructor in the teacher education program at Midway College for four years. He also assisted Woodford Christian School as a part- time Headmaster for two of the four years. During his time at Midway, Tim started a doctoral program at Spalding University. Professor Crook has now completed his course work and has passed his orals in his doctoral program. He is currently working on his dissertation in the area of leadership and conducting research on the effectiveness of first year elementary principals. At Asbury, Professor Crook currently is coordinator of the elementary program and also the coordinator of a program for non-traditional students in the Asbury Achieve format which began in the fall of 2007. He teaches classes in the traditional undergraduate program and in the graduate program.
Instructional Areas and Professional Interests
Professor Crook has a variety of interests that center around the elementary school. A major interest, which is a large part of his doctoral program, is in leadership and the role it plays in the principalship of an elementary school. Other interests within the elementary school are the content areas of math, science, and social studies. Professor Crook believes in establishing and maintaining school climates that are nurturing, inviting, and motivating to all stakeholders within a school. Another of his interests is the role that School Based Decision Making Councils have in schools across the state of Kentucky. He has conducted numerous trainings across the state in the last 5 years as a trainer for the Kentucky Association for School Councils. Above all these areas of interest, the number one passion for Tim is the education and preparation of the students who walk through the doors of our elementary schools.
Personal and Family Interests
Tim is married to his best friend, Kathy, who graduated from Asbury in 1974. They have two grown children. Their son, Stephen, is in the Navy and their daughter, Elizabeth, is a senior at Asbury.
Tim enjoys music of all kinds. He sings in various groups at his church in Versailles and plays the piano, organ, and trumpet whenever he gets a chance. Travel and landscaping are pastimes of his, as well.
Teaching has been, and continues to be, a call on Tim’s life and that call is fulfilled during each day.