Barb KreulBarb Kreul, a freshman from Cambridge, Wisconsin, is majoring in early childhood education and minoring in writing. She found her passion for teaching through volunteering as a religion teacher at her church, and she plans to use her experience and degree to teach preschool professionally.

Her own education has also inspired her to become an educator. In 6th grade, she failed her math class, so she was not allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities until she passed the class. After she was diagnosed with dyscalculia, a learning disability, she began to realize the impact a teacher who understood her needs had on her academic success. Once she had an educational plan that accommodated her learning disability, she improved her math skills and could enjoy making music in choir and band.

In her free time, Barb enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, drawing, volunteering, and musical theatre. Some of her favorite productions include “Phantom of the Opera,” “Oklahoma,” “Caddie Woodlawn,” and “Les Misérables.”

Barb chose Marian because the community is friendly, and she prefers small class sizes. On campus, she is a member of Women’s Chorale, Campus Ministry, Outdoor Adventure Club, and Marian Students of Education Association. Her advice to students is, “Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. College is a great way to discover new interests and a great opportunity to make new friends. You don’t need to be a 4.0 student. You just need to try your hardest and do the best you can.”