Educator Spotlight: Rich Krueger — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA)

| March 29, 2017

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By the Flagstaff Arts Council

2017 Viola Award Nominee for Excellence in Science Education.

Rich Krueger. Courtesy photo.

Rich Krueger has been teaching at the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) since 2011. He teaches a wide range of subjects including, Liberal Studies, Physics, Geology, Meteorology, Engineering, Astronomy, Outdoor Explorations, Sound Engineering and oversees two award winning Robotics teams. Rich received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Masters of Arts in Science Teaching from NAU. Before coming to FALA, he worked as a math and science teacher in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Rich says that he has shaped his Liberal Studies experience around “busting myths, hoaxes, urban legends, and pseudoscience.”

Now at FALA, he is credited with bringing astronomy programs to the school. He encourages his students to study the night sky, and has even coordinated after school viewings through FALA’s telescope. He also began the FALA robotics club along with Merri Sue Carter. In addition to working at FALA, he worked as a Field Instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Read the full article HERE

Click here for the complete listing of nominees and award winners presented by the Flagstaff Arts Council during its annual Viola Awards Gala on March 4.

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