Michelle Kruk


Michelle is a proud alum of Greenhouse Scholars and originally joined the family as part of the first class from Illinois. A Chicago native born to immigrant parents, she became the first in her family to graduate from college with a major in Sociology and minor in Earth and Oceanographic Science from Bowdoin College.

Passionate about the intersection of science and education, Michelle spent a year abroad in Poland after graduating through a Fulbright Fellowship. There, she taught English and Environmental Sociology to graduate students at the Politechnika Czestochowska. She returned to the States and continued her pursuit for equity in STEM by joining Teach For America as a San Antonio corps member.  Michelle taught middle school science and math in the Alamo City and spent her summers partnering with Kode With Klossy, a program that brings free coding camps to teenage girls across the nation. She was promoted to Assistant Principal of Instruction at her placement school where she built a math and science curriculum for grades 2-10.

Michelle is ecstatic about joining Greenhouse Scholars as a staff member. She looks forward to making a meaningful impact within the community that supported her so deeply as a Scholar. When she’s not at work, Michelle loves going on walks with her partner, Luis, eating good food at restaurants, and trying new board/card games.