About Tina Kruse

Tina Kruse is an educational psychologist with 15 years of experience teaching college undergraduates. Both her PhD in the psychology of learning and her day-to-day interaction with college students influences her vision about what teens and young adults need to succeed in their academic settings. Before becoming a college educator, Tina worked with students from early childhood through high school who were considered at risk for school failure. Her core belief is that everyone deserves a meaningful education and a chance to transform their lives and communities. Tina’s BA is from University of Notre Dame in Sociology & English and her advanced degrees are in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Tina’s coaching is highly informed by her own teaching and research, specializing in social-emotional learning, achievement motivation, and youth leadership development. In addition to college teaching and advising, Tina is authoring a book for Oxford University Press (2017) about youth leadership and social justice. She also co-directs a campus-wide initiative at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, to help students make connections across their learning experiences both inside and out of the classroom.

Last but not least, Tina is a mom to three children–one in high-school, one in middle-school and one in elementary. She says this role offers her daily insight into the process of healthy and happy child development.

Offers coaching :

in-person in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area; by skype or phone worldwide

Fun Facts about Tina

  • I grew up on a strawberry farm
  • spent my summers on the Jersey shore as a kid
  • won the school Spelling Bee every year of grade school
  • taught Study Skill to 300 volunteers in a community tutoring program while in college; taught “Study Skills” classes to local students while in graduate school

Why Academic Life Coaching?

As an academic advisor I have had front-row seats to students’ decision making, struggles, and successes. I pursued ALC training to better understand the impact of the life coaching process vs. mere advising. The Academic Life Coaching model is well-supported by learning theory and well-proven in real lives of students. I am delighted to now offer this program to clients in my own private coaching practice, guided by my expertise in the education field.

What is great about Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

I’m a 20+ year transplant to Minnesota and adore it! We have 4 beautiful seasons, 10,000 lakes, 2 amazing twin cities full of diverse cultures and opportunities.

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