NEH appoints new associate superintendent

Mike Kruger, Northeast Hamilton’s new associate superintendent is a 20 year educator with experience in both the classroom and in administration.

Kruger will serve as the principal for both primary and secondary schools at Northeast Hamilton.

Kruger, 44, is a native of Little Rock, Iowa. He earned his undergraduate degree from Westmar University in Le Mars, Iowa and his Masters Degree from Drake University.

In June 2014, he will complete his specialist degree, also from Drake University.

Upon his 1993 college graduation, Kruger began his career as an elementary school teacher in Eagle Grove. There he taught fourth grade for 11 years before being appointed elementary school principal at Sheffield Chapin/Meservy Thornton CSD in Sheffield.

After a year in Sheffield, he returned to Eagle Grove CSD where he has served as the elementary school principal for Pre-K through 4th Grade for the past eight years. During that time, he also served as the co-principal of Eagle Grove Middle School for two years.

During his tenure at Eagle Grove, the schools under his stewardship attained an Iowa Voluntary Preschool Grant, moved into a new elementary school building and established the Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program that brings male role models into the classrooms on a daily basis.

Kruger explained that the Eagle Grove School District instituted Watch DOGS in the spring of 2013 as part of a national initiative to get fathers, grandfathers, brothers and uncles in the classroom as role models and to provide additional eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

Although it wasn’t possible to have a volunteer present everyday, the school strived to have fathers at school as often as possible, he said.

Kruger is proud of the introduction of volunteers in the Eagle Grove classrooms and views the experience as being beneficial to both students and adults.

Regardless of whether NEH institutes a similar program, Kruger hopes to involve parents and community members in the educational process.

“I love volunteers!” exclaimed Kruger.

Kruger is also enthusiastic about the teaching staff at Northeast Hamilton.

“I look forward to working with the staff and together (we’ll be) providing the best education possible for the kids,” said Kruger.

Kruger believes that teamwork by teachers is the best possible way to create a positive educational experience for students.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with a lot of good people who work for the betterment of students,” said Kruger. “You can only do that with the help of a dedicated staff”.

Kruger will serve as associate superintendent under the tutelage of Webster City Superintendent Mike Sherwood, explained NEH Administrative Assistant Dennis Bahr.

When the superintendent sharing contract between Webster City and NEH expires in two years, it is hoped that Kruger will assume the dual role of NEH superintendent and elementary school principal, said Bahr.

By that time, it is expected that the NEH Middle and High School students will be attending Webster City High School via whole grade sharing, he added.

Kruger met with NEH administrators, teachers, staff and Supt. Mike Sherwood on May 1, reported Bahr.

“We are happy with our choice,” said Bahr, who noted that Kruger is an experienced administrator who came highly recommended to the district.