Julie Kruse


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This year will mark my eighth year as the principal at Willard Elementary School.  Prior to coming to Willard, I was a principal in the Carlisle Community School District for five years.  Before that I was Dean of Students at Moulton Elementary and a school counselor at Perkins Elementary, both in Des Moines.  I started my career as a fourth grade teacher in Johnston.

I received a Masters in Education in School Leadership and a Masters in Education in School Counseling, both from Iowa State.  I attended Iowa State University for my undergraduate work where I earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.  I did my student teaching at Woodlawn Elementary (which is now an early childhood site), and during that experience I knew I wanted to be a part of the Des Moines Public Schools.  I love and value the diversity that is so rich in Des Moines!