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Mill Creek Board President Focused on Providing Students More Opportunities

It’s a brand-new school with a new building, new teachers, and new opportunities for students, but when Mill Creek Academy opens in Waukesha this fall, a familiar face will lead its Board.
Kyle Koenen, who grew up in Racine and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, is the founding Board President of Mill Creek Academy.
He lives in Waukesha with his wife Ashley and their dog Dustin.
Koenen has extensive experience in politics, including managing successful state legislative campaigns and serving as Chief of Staff to Senate President Chris Kapenga.
He currently works as a policy director at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, where he gained a unique perspective that he's eager to share.
“One of our primary areas of focus is on K-12 education,” said Koenen. “I’m excited to bring some of what I’ve learned in my day job to the board.”
Koenen is passionate about education and was involved with bringing the National Heritage Academies (NHA) school to the growing community from the very beginning.
“I was really excited about the opportunity to help start a school from square one,” Koenen said.
His interest in education stems from his belief in school choice, which he considers one of the primary issues that helped shape his political beliefs.
Koenen sees it as a way to give students more options, including offering a more innovative curriculum than the traditional public school system.
For him, one of the most notable differences at all NHA schools is the incorporation of Moral Focus virtues, as students learn about everything from respect and gratitude to compassion and integrity.
Koenen says ultimately it comes down to one thing, “Our priority is to provide a high-quality education that is free for all students.” 

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About Mill Creek Academy
Mill Creek Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Waukesha, Wisconsin, serving 4-year-old kindergarteners through fifth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit   

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