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Student teaching is a pivotal experience for new teachers, during which they gain valuable classroom experiences and learn from expert mentors. One of the University of Wyoming’s flourishing student-teaching areas is Sheridan County, where Kristi Von Krosigk has been facilitating the preservice teacher program for over 15 years.
“I supervise and support student teachers in their teaching practicum and preparing them for job interviews,” says Von Krosigk, who graduated from UW with her bachelor’s degree in education in 1991, followed by her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 1997 and an administrative endorsement in 2001.
Von Krosigk also collaborated with UW Professor Allen Trent on an Ellbogen Foundation grant. Through the grant, they videoed and interviewed teachers from around the state on “Literacy Instruction in Wyoming: Exemplary Elementary Teaching and Management.”
When Von Krosigk first arrived at UW as an undergraduate, she quickly found a strong sense of community on campus.
“I was afforded opportunities to learn and work with interesting and challenging people,” she says. “I think what I’ve learned most is that building relationships is critical in any field or committee I have been involved in. I strive to go about things in a genuine manner and have realized that the people are the best part of my experiences. I feel like I’ve met so many people I can reach out to for ideas, feedback and support.”
Von Krosigk and her husband, Greg, have three daughters, Sara, Grace and Avery. They also own a retail store in a historic building that they helped to renovate in Sheridan—The Union at the Montgomery. The mission of the store was to be a place where it all comes together. The small boutique provides a creative space for people to share their products in a collaborative environment. The Union also offers unique classes for youth, such a young entrepreneur class, encouraging creative business thinking. Von Krosigk says people feel welcome there, and they aim to promote a culture of collaboration and kindness.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Von Krosigk serves as the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation president and in the past has served boards for the Center for Vital Community, Big Horn Education Fund, Sheridan County School District 1, Sheridan Senior Center endowment and Family Planning of the Big Horns (now Reproductive Healthcare of the Big Horns).
As a second-generation UW graduate, Von Krosigk recommends the university to future generations, including her daughters. Her daughter Grace is a sophomore at UW.
“There is a sense of pride and family on campus,” Von Krosigk says. “In my experience, professors and staff are willing to go the extra mile to help students succeed. I am proud to be a graduate and would encourage others to look at the options that UW has to offer. There are so many opportunities for students both on campus as well as study abroad.”
To Von Krosigk, being a UW Cowboy comes with a sense of pride and loyalty. “The value of dedication and a sense of belonging are what ties me to UW. I can travel around the state and other parts of the country and find connections with people who share an unspoken bond with experience in Wyoming and at the university.”
Von Krosigk’s father was a College of Agriculture alumnus. “When he passed away this spring, everyone was offered a brown ribbon with Steamboat proudly displayed,” she says. “I was overwhelmed with the number of people who shared in the same Cowboy pride that we do. Once a Cowboy, always a Cowboy.”
Kristi Von Krosigk WAS a featured speaker at THE EVENT ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
Sheridan | WYO Theater | 5-7 p.m.