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Kokona Chrisos  
CMMS Administration
Title: Principal
Phone: 708-367-2413
Crete-Monee Middle School Homepage
Kokona Chrisos


  • Master of Arts, Educational Leadership—2001—The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
  • Bachelor of Arts, English—1994—New Jersey City University, Jersey City, New Jersey


  • Illinois State Administrative Certificate (Type 75)
  • New Jersey State Principal/Supervisor’s Certificate
  • New Jersey State Elementary (K-8) Certificate
  • Illinois State Elementary Teaching Certificate (Type 3)

Specialized Training

  • Collaborative Learning Communities: Focused on improving student work and reflecting on professional practice through the use of Lucent and National School Reform Faculty (NSRF) protocols and activities
  • Small Learning Communities, "School Within a School" Concept
  • Multimedia Literacy
  • Crisis Response and Crisis Management Teams
  • Kagan Cooperative Learning
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Systems
  • Response to Intervention


New Jersey Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award Recipient

  • South Brunswick Upper Elementary School (May 1999)
  • Monmouth Junction School (May 1997)

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • National Middle Schools Association
  • Illinois Principals Association

Educational Philosophy

I believe...

  • That all students can learn.
  • In educating the whole child, and thinking "outside of the box" when it comes to helping students succeed.
  • That all children need firmness, fairness and consistency.
  • That parents, educators and community members need to work together to assure that all students have access to a consistent educational program.
  • In empowering students to be successful by providing them with the tools that will help them succeed throughout life.
  • That effective schools are places where teachers, parents and students have a common vision, open lines of communication and high expectations for all.
  • In a shared decision making process where stakeholders are fully involved in establishing a vision and setting progress goals.
  • That school administrators need to be instructional leaders, cooperative team players, effective communicators, ethically responsible and responsive to students, staff and parents.
  • That it’s never too late to learn.


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