Principal's Message


Happy New Year, Crouse Families!

Welcome to 2023! I hope everyone had a safe, enjoyable, and happy holiday and New Year with family and friends. I know this year brings an abundance of hope and great opportunities for you and yours. I have high and great expectations for our young Leaders at Crouse CLC as we descend into the latter half of our 2022-2023 school year. I look forward to our continued home/school collaboration in making the best educational experience for your Leader as possible. 

A new year brings new goals, new aspirations, and new challenges. Here at Crouse CLC, I have new goals and aspirations for our Leaders, but not without their challenges. With the guidance of Leader in Me, our school is working towards developing every student into a Leader; we believe they are all the Leaders of Tomorrow. There are a few quotes that I’ve found coming into the new year that made me introspectively reevaluate what I wanted the year to look like as principal. 

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” - Michael Jordan, Sports Legend

I believe every student is capable of being the best and the brightest. It is my mission to help every student find their genius, nurture their strengths, and allow them to find greatness within themselves. All children at Crouse CLC are capable of achieving their dreams, as long as they believe they can.

I’m not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” - Stephen Covey- Founder of Leader in Me, Developer of 7 Habits for Highly Effective People

We are all products of our circumstances and have our own unique stories, journeys, and challenges. However, as principal of Crouse CLC, I will make it my mission every day to not let that define any student who walks through our doors. I will provide our students with the skills and tools necessary to empower them to make their own decisions, and not let their circumstances define who they are. 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”- Fred Devito, Fitness      

Change is uncomfortable. I have been on a journey the last few years of growing to seek more to understand, whether it is related to my staff, students, or families. I have shifted how I view situations through changing my paradigms. But I have to be honest, I have to work at this daily. As your Leader’s principal, I will push to challenge students to change the ways they view themselves, their work, their expectations, and ultimately, who they will become. I will seek to challenge them because in the end, I want them to Be the Best and the Brightest

As we move into the new year, I want our families to know of my continued support to them and their Leaders. I vow every day to wake up and carry this mission because to me, the title of being a principal is more than just being an educational leader. It is a duty and privilege to serve my students and families every day; and that is my mission. 

Happy 2023 Crouse Families! Let’s make it the best year yet to come! We got this! 




Tara Bruce-Bentley

Tara Bruce-Bentley, Instructional Leader

Crouse CLC – Home of the Best and the Brightest!

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