Office of Alumni Engagement

Krista (Schroeder) Ried

My hometown when I was a student was

Carson City, MI

I graduated in

1994

I studied

Elementary Education, Psychology, Speech/Communication/Theatre

I currently live in

Mason, MI

I am now

Works for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), focusing on certification and education policy as it pertains to Michigan’s certificated educators (e.g., teachers, administrators, school counselors)

Since graduating from Alma

I married my wonderful husband, Rhett, and had two amazing ginger-children, Anika (15) and Peyton (13). I taught for 10 years, living in Gaylord for 2 years before moving to Chicago.  We moved back “home” in 2002 where I shortly after started working for the State.

My Alma education

My teacher preparation program at Alma College prepared me to be an excellent teacher.  I see that more now, through my work at MDE, than I ever did while in the classroom.  And the research I read continually supports the small instructional classes and cohorts that Alma is known for.  The liberal arts education I received at Alma also prepared me to envision how I could use my knowledge outside of the classroom, build my career and has helped me navigate the political landscape with a broader understanding of the world.

My favorite place(s) on campus included

I loved eating at Joe’s! But I have so many memories all over the campus, including my many-many-many hours spent in the Registrar’s Office where I was a student assistant.

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Susan Root was at the heart of everything I learned in my education program. She was my advisor and remains a friend to this day.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

Freshman year contains so many “firsts” that it is hard to compete with.  So many memories… painting our hallway wall (Newberry 3rd-South), Psych 101 lab rat experiments, eating Rice Krispy treats from the Scot Shop (Saga basement), running through puddles and dancing in the rain with my hall-mates, and skipping Hertzog’s computer programming class to play cards (only to find out the hard way that it was a poor choice. LOL).