Life’s Never Dull With New Math and Social Studies Teacher Steve Kruger

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Many new students feel insecure and worried about fitting in, but Steve Kruger seems as if he has been a fixture in the Arlington Middle School for years. Kruger is the new middle school math and social studies teacher, and his students have welcomed him with open arms. Arlington Middle School students Kaylee Bushee and Audrianna Ennis agree, “Kruger is a very connected teacher and can help with whatever you need. If your grade is low, he will help bring it up and work with you to understand the topic. He will encourage you to bring it up and not let you blow it off.”


Kruger says the reason he applied for the job is simple: “My wife and I have been looking at Vermont for years. I was looking for a change of scenery. As it happened, the position listed was exactly what I was hoping for: part time social studies and part time math, which are two of my endorsements and my two favorite subjects. It was too good of a fit not to pursue.”


Kruger grew up in Minnesota and has lived in several states Including: Arizona and Colorado. Before college, Kruger held various jobs such as a cashier and caddie. “After college I worked for three years in corrections as a Youth Treatment Counselor.” He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado. After Kruger got into the psychology field, he went back to school to earn his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, and he is in the process of obtaining his permanent teaching license, “I have been in school almost my entire life.” Kruger has a wife, a two year old daughter, and two siblings, “My younger brother and younger sister moved to Colorado after I did and still currently live there.”


Outside of teaching, Kruger’s passions include, but are not limited to, golf, climbing, and hiking. He is also an amateur triathlete, “Every race I finish feels like such a great accomplishment.” In addition to the outdoors, Kruger also enjoys some indoor entertainment, “I enjoy video games and play probably too much.”
Kruger has many quotes that guide his teaching. One of his favorites is from Jane Goodall: “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” Kruger says, “You never know what a person is capable of until they see all the possibilities within themselves.”

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