Brookfield Central Class of 2012
Alecia Krutz is a proud Elmbrook alumna who has returned to the district that inspired her to become a teacher to give back to future generations of students.
Alecia's passion for teaching came at a young age. She would "play school" with her younger sisters and always play the role of the teacher - handing out tests and homework and teaching whatever she was learning at school. She attended Dixon Elementary for Kindergarten and first grade before going to Hillside Elementary, Wisconsin Hills Middle School, and eventually Brookfield Central. While at BCHS, Krutz was a member of the Varsity Lancerette Dance Team, Student Council, National Honor Society, and Key Club.
She highlighted two teachers in particular that had a large impact on her life and character. "My third grade teacher Jenny Scheunemann was the one that inspired me to be a teacher. She brought so much joy and passion to the classroom that I never wanted to miss a day of school," reflected Alecia. "Another teacher was my Varsity Lancerette coach, Kristin Warner, whose dedication to her dancers and students built a community of love and support."
Following her 2012 graduation, Krutz attended UW- La Crosse where she worked towards a degree in Education in the areas of Middle Childhood to Early Adolescents along with an Elementary Mathematics Minor. "It's said all the time, but Elmbrook truly does prepare you well for college," stated Krutz. "During my first semester, I can remember that I felt I had a handle on strategies for taking notes, completing assignments and studying for big exams. It wasn't until I saw my classmates from other districts that I realized how fortunate I was to have acquired the skills through Elmbrook that prepared me for success."
During her time at UW-L, Alecia was active in a competitive dance team and through the team would work to put on a large-scale Cancer Benefit show with the UW-L football team. The team also prepared all Spring Semester dances at the university to raise money for the MACC Fund.
In December of 2016, Krutz graduated from UW- La Crosse with her Education degree and shortly after, she began teaching third grade at Dixon Elementary! "My students are my favorite part of my job," Krutz said. "I love being able to give back to the community that helped shape me and to make a difference in the lives of the kids in my classroom. I hope to give my students the same love of learning and enthusiasm for school that all of my teachers instilled in me."
Today, Alecia loves spending time outdoors, painting, and exploring Milwaukee with her family and friends. She hopes to continue to echo the traits of the Elmbrook teachers that inspired her to become a educator.
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