Army veteran inspires students at Great Lakes Learning Academy

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — From the battlefield to the school board — a Michigan man is using what he learned in the military to give back as an educator.

“I joined the army at 17,” said Anthony Kruckeberg. “Throughout my career, I’ve had several overseas deployments.”

Kruckeberg is a veteran who has spent years testing Blackhawk helicopters and mentoring other soldiers. He now mentors students as a substitute teacher and school board president at Great Lakes Learning Academy.

“It was a very rewarding experience to be able to impact children in different ways,” Kruckeberg said. “I want to be someone I wish I had when I was a kid and going through tough times.”

Kruckeberg was forced to retire from the military due to medical issues, but he was still hungry to serve, so he decided to earn two bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University in history education. and in social studies. He said the ultimate goal is to become a school administrator to further mentor young people.

“I would like to be an administrator. I like the mentorship aspect, that’s what I like the most,” Kruckeberg said. “Mentoring is what carries someone through current material or A grade. It can be lifelong.

Apart from education, Kruckeberg also mentors other veterans and even coaches nearly 10 youth sports teams. He said a lot of his motivation to help others stems from the support he and his family have received.

“I just dove into a lot of different things to give back as much as I can because everyone has been very supportive of me on all of my deployments, taking care of my family and my kids,” Kruckeberg said.

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