John McCrostie has lived in the Boise area for 20 years and in Garden City for the last 14 years. He has worked for a Fortune 500 hi-tech company providing customer service and technical support, for mid-size real estate companies, and in Idaho public schools teaching band, choir, and guitar to 5th-12th grade students.
John grew up in Mountain Home as the oldest of three children in a military family. After graduating as salutatorian in his Mountain Home High School class, he left to attend college in Tulsa, OK. Upon graduating magna cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in music education from Oral Roberts University, he returned to begin his teaching career in Mountain Home.
John eventually moved to Boise to work in the private sector. After working for 4 years in title insurance and 6 years providing technical support for mid-range and high-end printers at HP, John finished his master’s degree and returned his first love of teaching. John has taught music for 11 years in Boise, Mountain Home, and Gooding, with his bands and jazz bands receiving numerous awards and superior ratings in festivals in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada.
John developed his educational and union leadership as a 3-year executive board member of the Boise Education Association, a 3-year state delegate to the Idaho Education Association’s Delegate Assembly, a 2-year national representative to the NEA’s Representative Assembly, and an 11-year member of the IEA and NEA. The NEA recently honored John as a 2013 Top Political Activist.
John’s history of supporting diversity includes serving as a Diversity Champion and a Safe Space member at Hewlett-Packard, as a member of the NEA’s GLBT and Fine Arts Caucuses, and in his current capacity as the Concordia Law School student representative to the Diversity Section of the Idaho State Bar.
John’s service to the community includes:
- His education activism on campaigns to Reject the Luna Laws, Vote Yes for Boise Schools, and Recall Tom Luna
- Providing pro bono legal service in public education advocacy and legal education promotion
- Singing with and leading the Biotzetik Basque choir
- Leading the musical production in community theater groups, including Knock Em Dead Productions, Spontaneous Productions, and Nampa Civic Center Summer Camp
- Acting in community theater shows, playing clarinet in the Treasure Valley Concert Band, and sharing his musical and artistic talents in small group settings
- Leading and serving in LGBT groups for support, workplace advocacy, and community theater
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