Kelly Krzmarzick, fourth grade teacher at St. Mary's School.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

“I have always loved to work with young adults. Seeing my older siblings having success in the classroom and showing me how powerful being a teacher can be also inspired me. I have learned that a good teacher can make an amazing impact on a life, which has inspired my career choice.” 

What is most challenging as a teacher? Why?

Kelly said without a doubt, a teaching job can be very stressful, and you have to be passionate about it.

“You will have difficult days as an educator, but you learn to find the good in everything you do. You work out any problems that you encounter in the classroom setting.” 

What teaching moment is most memorable?

“I had the chance to teach at a high achieving school in Las Vegas. We were able to set high goals on state tests and achieve those goals. My school was ranked in the top 10 in the fifth largest school district in the nation. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing how the children learn, grow, set goals and achieve them over the course of a year with me.” 

More about Kelly

Age: 32

Experience: Student taught in Las Vegas and taught in the Clark County School District for seven and a half years. He taught all intermediate subjects, as well as Special Education.

Education: Graduated from St. Mary’s School in 1999. Later attended Minnesota State University, Bethany Junior College and graduated from Dakota State University with a degree in Elementary Education.

Hometown: Grew up just outside of Sleepy Eye and attended St. Mary’s School.

Family: Oldest brother, Jay teaches in Winsted; brother, Kip, elementary principal in Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Jody, nurse in Phoenix, Ariz.; brother, Kyle, director of sales and operations in Bloomington and parents, Dorothy and Dale, currently living in Sleepy Eye.