Dr. Michael Crudder is the Principal of Copperwood Elementary in the Peoria Unified School District
This Q/A is edited for brevity and clarity
Q: We know there is no one way to become a principal. How did you get to where you are now?
A: I am the product of a village. During my 29 year career– 23 years in educational administration– I have been founded by multiple mentors throughout. I was extremely fortunate to have been raised in a home where both of my parents possessed college degrees so educational excellence, was a non-negotiable.