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Kruse moves into role as Worthing Elementary principal



Amanda Kruse started her 12th year in the school district by taking on the role of Worthing Elementary principal.

She brings a year of experience as the Lennox Elementary principal and a year as the assistant principal at Lennox to her new position. Prior to administration, Kruse taught first grade for nine years at Lennox Elementary and four years teaching first grade outside of the district.

Kruse wanted to be a principal so she could work with the whole school.

“I love that as a principal I get to interact with all of the students and staff in the building,” she said. “I am able to see the school as a whole and work to make it the best place to be.”

Kruse and her husband, Steve, both grew up in Lennox and chosen to raise their son, Nate, and daughter, Audra, there. She got her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of South Dakota. She earned her master’s from USD as a reading specialist. Most recently she returned to school at USD for a specialist degree in pre-k-12 administration.

As a principal, her goal is to have students have a great educational experience at school.

“I strive to make the school a safe place where students feel comfortable being themselves and learning from experiences. I want students to have the best education possible and make gains throughout the school year,” Kruse said.

In Worthing, she has loved getting to know the students, staff, families and community. She looks forward to working hard together this year to grow both academically and socially.

Kruse said the world of education is ever-changing.

“It is exciting to see all of the advancements that are being made in our world, but with these advancements means we must stay up to date and give students classes, skills and techniques they’ll need to be successful,” she said.

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