• Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.” -Abigail Adams

    Our learning community, along with all learning communities in the state, and even the nation, have persevered through waters we could not have imagined when I first became principal of Wolf’s Crossing in 2019. During the ‘21-’22 school year, we truly are “Better Together” and we are coming together as a team to meet students where they are, support each other, and problem-solving anything unexpected that comes our way with returning to in-person learning full-time. The amount of planning, understanding, and patience we have all afforded each other speaks to the quality of the teachers, staff, and students here in our learning community. I am proud to be your principal!

    SD308 is committed to providing the most supportive return to in-person learning as possible with Social Emotional Learning built into the daily schedules for grades K-5, and the adoption of the new Second Step digital platform. As part of our Envision 308 five year plan, elementary and middle schools have created a robust training and implementation plan to begin implementing our Framework for Learning. The lens through which we complete every step of this implementation is through the lens of diversity and differentiation, showing commitment to all learners, and learning from one another’s life stories and perspective along the way. We are focused on raising the voice of each and every learning as a unique person to be honored. 

    My background in education includes teaching Art at Schaumburg High School, and Ira Jones Middle School in Plainfield District 202. My varied experiences and leadership roles in my 10 years as an administrator-Dean of Students and Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, and now principal of Wolf’s Crossing for three years have been both very rewarding and very humbling.. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Art Education (K-12) from Elmhurst College in 1999, and my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from The University of St. Francis  in 2009. 

    Leading our community in order to provide the best possible education for each of our students is truly my passion! As a life-long learner, I seek out opportunities to grow both as a professional and an individual continuously, and give my very best to the staff and students of Wolf's Crossing each day. 

    Sincerely, 

    Ms. Cortnye J. Russell, Principal