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Student Blog: Mr. Krieg--History in the Making

a compilation of photos of Mr. Kreig: handing out candy, posing with students, preparing for class, reading a book, pointing to flags and holding a picture of hieroglyphics

The following blog comes from one of our students and was originally published in an issue of Hilltopics.

For all incoming freshmen and juniors, one of the first faces they encounter during the school day is Mr. Jeff Krieg. Graduating from St. Lawrence in 1981, Mr. Krieg returned six years later and started his teaching career at SLS. He started out teaching American Government and World History. Throughout his teaching career, Mr. Krieg taught Geography, Medieval History, Social Problems, Diplomatic History, and U.S. History. Now in his 31st year, Mr. Krieg is teaching World History to freshmen and U.S. History to juniors. Mr. Krieg stated, “I love teaching here, interacting with students, and my colleagues who are incredible. I can’t imagine teaching anywhere else. I love SLS.”

When Mr. Krieg first arrives in the morning, he prepares for his classes, answers emails, updates grades, and makes sure the correct flag is up on time. Mr. Krieg is in charge of the sophomores who put up an international flag every day for a significant celebration that is important for a certain nation. Examples of these celebrations could be an independence day or a saint’s feast day.

After the school day, Mr. Krieg goes to the publications office to work on the yearbook. Mr. Krieg has now been working on the yearbook since 1994. Mr. Krieg said about the yearbook, “The yearbook is a lot of unseen work. Students only see the finished product and not the hard work that goes into it, but the process can be fun and I’m continually impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of the yearbook staff.” Mr. Krieg stated that last year’s yearbook photographers took over 18,000 pictures. The yearbook is not the only publication that Mr. Krieg has worked on, as for 21 years Mr. Krieg also worked on the Hilltopics. Mr. Krieg finally ends his day at school typically around 6:45.

Even with the continuous homework assignments, end of the chapter quizzes and tests, Mr. Krieg’s class is one of the most anticipated classes of the day. Once students leave his class, whether they are done with his course or where going on a break, they miss his sarcastic sayings such as, “Do you want a cookie” in his baby impression, or his continuously joking insults towards us. Many students described Mr. Krieg as humorous, intelligent, considerate, awesome, and most of all, a good role model. Junior Khang Chau stated, “Mr. Krieg has always been such a fascinating person to me; he made my history class so worthwhile and fun that it eventually became the period that I look forward to the most.” Mr. Krieg is and will always be remembered as a teacher who has such a strong ambition for making us better and his inspirational leadership qualities, which make him a role model to be sought after.

St. Lawrence Seminary is an all boys Catholic boarding school located in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin. We welcome students from Minnesota, Illinois and across the United States. Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the example of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Lawrence Seminary provides a residential college preparatory education in a living Catholic community nurturing mature, well-rounded men of faith. See if St. Lawrence is right for you and your son.

This entry was posted in Student Blogs on March 09, 2020 by Aaron Tarpinian