Article By: Maddie Sanabria
At the end of this school year, Santa Rosa High School will be losing a fantastic English teacher, Mrs. Kroeck. Mrs. Kroeck has been teaching for 35 years; she began teaching as an elementary school teacher for 16 years at Mark West. She also taught at a variety of other schools such as Elsie Allen and Santa Rosa Middle School. She also worked as an assistant principal at Piner-Olivet Charter School and was a principal at Jack London. For the past 14 years, however, Mrs. Kroeck has been a teacher at Santa Rosa High School.
Mrs. Kroeck mentioned that she has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she could remember. “I used to teach my stuffed animals: lined them up, pulled out the chalkboard, taught them to count, drew pictures to tell outrageous stories,” she said. Unfortunately, she has not had the easiest life, however, school was an escape for Mrs. Kroeck. It was a place for her to succeed.
Mrs. Kroeck’s high school English teacher encouraged her to be the best person she could be and because of that, “I made it. I pulled myself out, and I’ve spent the last 35 years as living proof that life can change and happiness is possible when we get through the dark parts.” Mrs. Kroeck strives to be a teacher who encourages her students to be the best they can be just like her high school teacher did for her.
While teaching at Santa Rosa High School, Mrs. Kroeck has made friends with other teachers and has fallen in love with all of the students. “The determination, the authenticity, the curiosity you all hold. You students inspire me every day — not to mention how I laugh every day,” said Mrs. Kroeck while talking about her love of the students at Santa Rosa High School.
When she retires, Mrs. Kroeck is not only going to miss her students, but also the teachers who work with her. She is also going to miss her classroom and Santa Rosa High School’s beautiful campus.
Figuring out if she wanted to retire or not was a hard decision for her; she wanted to continue to make a difference in people’s lives. Mrs. Kroeck does not have any immediate plans for after retirement, but she knows that there are endless possibilities for her new life.