Dr. Crocker’s research interests stem from her 30 years in public education in Ontario, Canada where she was a teacher, a consultant, and an elementary principal. She also held system level responsibilities and is a qualified Superintendent. In 2019, Dr. Crocker continues to be involved with K-12 education as a consultant and advocate for non-English speaking Mennonite children in the public system.
Dr. Crocker contributed chapters to two edited books: "Professional Development in Higher Education" (Bloomsbury) and an examination of the "Schooling Contexts of Old Colony Mennonite Students" (Palgrave). Her research has also appeared in the Transnational Journal of Social Work, the Journal of Plain and Anabaptist Studies, The Ontario Principals’ Register, and the Journal of Curriculum Studies. Additionally, she is a reviewer for several journals of early childhood education and literac(ies), in Canada and in the UK, and an adjudicator for the Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada annual Master’s Thesis Award. Dr. Crocker is the invited keynote speaker for the August 2019 Perspectives on Teaching Conference at the University of Western Ontario. Her current project is an international collaboration with Dr. Amanda Norman from Winchester University, England on early childhood educators' perspectives on outdoor play for preschool children.