“As Teacher of the Year, I witnessed the overwhelmingly strong spirit of Arkansans,” said Crossley. “We understand that together we can achieve more. All backgrounds matter to us. I am determined to spread the message of bold action and progress across District 41. Jacksonville, Sherwood, and North Little Rock are all vibrant communities ripe for progress. We need a representative determined to lead with conviction and strategic thinking.  Now is the time to create a better tomorrow, and the future starts with us.”

Jonathan’s work as a teacher and elementary school principal has garnered state and national attention. As a teacher, he was selected as a national honor roll teacher for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, the Lowell Milken Fellowship for Unsung Heroes, and a regional finalist for the prestigious White House Fellowship. As a principal, Crossley was recognized as a 2016 recipient of the Arkansas Business 20 in their 20s award as a talented young leader in the Arkansas’ business and nonprofit community. Crossley said that it’s his experience as an educator and advocate that compelled him to run for office.

 “My core values are clear: faith, vision, and perseverance,” Crossley said. “As a first generation college graduate and third generation cotton mill worker, I understand hardship and the importance of a resilient spirit. For me, and so many other Arkansans, education is the key that makes the future possible. Statewide Pre-K, recruiting and retaining excellent teachers, and economic development by investing in public education is a solid start. At its best, government can provide the people with a pathway to progress. After all, democracy is founded on the principle that government should be “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Your representative should fight for you; Fight for your community; Fight for the hope of tomorrow; Fight for the power of togetherness.

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Jonathan Crossley is a husband, first generation college graduate and elementary school principal. Crossley holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Arkansas Tech University, and is currently pursuing both an Ed.S. and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Arkansas Tech University.  Jonathan and his wife Heather are residents of Jacksonville and attend First Assembly North Little Rock.

In 2017, Jonathan’s work was featured in the national documentary Teach Us All, a film detailing the struggles and triumphs of the modern American education system.  The documentary highlighted the work of his school as an example of what is possible in underserved communities when bold vision and action are aligned. For his contributions to Arkansas education, Crossley was named one of Arkansas Life magazine’s “Arkansans of the Year.” 

 


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  • Tamika McCoy Freeman endorsed

    “Jonathan Crossley has my support because he is a true educational leader that cares for and supports ALL children. He is a positive and great change agent LRSD and for this political position.”

  • Joanna Mabee Lein endorsed

    “He understands what it will take to make real, sustainable change”

  • TaLisha Givan endorsed

    “I endorse Jonathan Crossley because he possesses the knowledge, skills, and passion necessary for change!”

  • Tim Brink endorsed

    “I hope you all can meet my "little bro", Jonathan Crossley, in person. He's a remarkable man (first to graduate college in his family; a National Teacher of the Year who became a principal in a low-income district of Arkansas), and we are insanely proud of him. We may have a few differing political beliefs, but who doesn't? One thing I know about Jonathan is his [com]passion, set blazing by the fuel of love and justice. He wants the best for individuals, communities, our nation. Jonathan Crossley (in line with his faith) fights injustice, cares for all people, and challenges us all to use our convictions to chase our dreams for the betterment of the world. I believe in this man. Check him out; spread the word!”

November 26, 2017

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Tamika McCoy Freeman endorsed

    “Jonathan Crossley has my support because he is a true educational leader that cares for and supports ALL children. He is a positive and great change agent LRSD and for this political position.”

  • Joanna Mabee Lein endorsed

    “He understands what it will take to make real, sustainable change”

  • TaLisha Givan endorsed

    “I endorse Jonathan Crossley because he possesses the knowledge, skills, and passion necessary for change!”

  • Tim Brink endorsed

    “I hope you all can meet my "little bro", Jonathan Crossley, in person. He's a remarkable man (first to graduate college in his family; a National Teacher of the Year who became a principal in a low-income district of Arkansas), and we are insanely proud of him. We may have a few differing political beliefs, but who doesn't? One thing I know about Jonathan is his [com]passion, set blazing by the fuel of love and justice. He wants the best for individuals, communities, our nation. Jonathan Crossley (in line with his faith) fights injustice, cares for all people, and challenges us all to use our convictions to chase our dreams for the betterment of the world. I believe in this man. Check him out; spread the word!”