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UW-Madison alum Kruse named a 2018 Principal of the Year in Wisconsin

April 16, 2018
UW-Madison alumnus Mike Kruse was named a 2018 Principal of the Year by State Superintendent Tony Evers and Association of Wisconsin School Administrators Executive Director Jim Lynch.

Kruse earned an education specialist certification from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2004, and holds degrees in science education and education administration from Northwest Missouri State University. Kruse ​has ​worked as the principal at Stoughton High School since 2008. 

Kruse led efforts at Stoughton High School to use an Integrated Comprehensive Services model to provide accommodations, modifications and differentiation of lessons to help keep special education students in regular classes. 

Kruse also focused on academic rigor, leading to increased graduation requirements and higher-level courses taught at the high school. 

“Very seldom do I ever say ‘I did this or I did that’ on how our school operates,” Kruse said in his application materials. “I always say, ‘we did this or we did that which led to our students’ success.'”

In addition to Kruse, Wisconsin’s 2018 Principals of the Year also include: Justin Szews, assistant principal at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua; and Scott Walter, principal at Riverside Elementary School in the Menomonee Falls School District.