Faculty

Steve Hennig

Steve Hennig

Principal; Departmentalized Instruction

Mr, Hennig was born in Lansing, Michigan, and attended Lutheran Elementary School through grade 8. He attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, Michigan when he realized that his talents and abilities would best serve the Lord in the teaching ministry. Mr. Hennig spent four years at Dr. Martin Luther College and graduated in 1995 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. He was called to teach at Zion Lutheran School in Hartland, Wisconsin. There he served as the 3-4 grade teacher and Athletic Director. In 1999, he was called to teach 5-6 grade and serve as Martin Luther’s Athletic Director. Mr. Hennig serves as Principal and teacher at Martin Luther School. Mr. Hennig and his wife Ellen have three children.

Favorite Bible Passage: These words from the prophet Isaiah give Mr. Hennig comfort during difficult times in his life because he knows that God is in complete control. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Erika Martin

Erika Martin

Early Childhood Director

Mrs. Martin was born in Findlay, OH and attended Trinity Lutheran in Jenera, OH for grade school. She went to high school at Michigan Lutheran Seminary and went on to Martin Luther College, graduating in 2007 with a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She married Mr. Greg Martin while attending MLC.

Mrs. Martin was assigned to Shepherd Lutheran School in Albuquerque, NM and served as director and preschool teacher there for five years. While living in Albuquerque, the Martins were blessed with their two sons. She then moved to Jackson, MI to serve as the director of Jesus Loves Me Learning Center. After five years in Michigan, Mrs. Martin accepted the call to serve as director and Pre-K teacher here at Martin Luther.

Mrs. Martin’s favorite Bible passages are Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." and Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Both of these passages are reminders that no matter where Mrs. Martin and her family are serving, the Lord is with them and guiding them.

Penny Lecker

Penny Lecker

Early Childhood Teacher

Mrs. Lecker was born and raised in Jefferson, WI and attended St. John’s Lutheran School and Jefferson High School. She attended Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, Fox Valley Technical College and UW-Whitewater as she pursued her Early Childhood Care and Development degree. It was at DMLC that she met her husband, David. The Leckers reside in Fond du Lac, where David serves as principal and teacher at Redeemer Lutheran School.

While Mrs. Lecker is a Wisconsin native, she has lived most of her married life in Michigan. The Leckers have 3 married children with growing families. Mrs. Lecker was an assistant teacher with UW-Oshkosh Headstart and Day Care Coordinator for St. Paul’s Lutheran in Winneconne. She served as Preschool Director and Teacher for Trinity Lutheran School in Bay City, MI from 2001 - 2004 and Bethany Lutheran Preschool in Saginaw, MI from 2004 - 2017. The Leckers moved to Fond du Lac in July 2018. She most recently taught PreK-3 at Jesus Little Lambs in Fond du Lac before accepting the call to Martin Luther to serve as our PreK-3 teacher.

Mrs. Lecker’s favorite Bible passages are Joshua 1:9 (her Confirmation Verse) "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." and Psalm 118:24 " This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it." These passages are daily reminders that God will care for and guide us in all circumstances. We can rejoice each day, knowing that God surrounds us with saving love!

Amy Busse

Amy Busse

Kindergarten

Mrs. Amy Busse was born and raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She attended Mt. Calvary Lutheran Elementary School, LaCrosse Central High School, and UW-LaCrosse, before attending Dr. Martin Luther College, from which she graduated in 1991. Her first assignment was to teach grades K-2 at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Lincoln, Nebraska.

In 1994 she married Erich Busse of Oshkosh, WI, and became an instant mom of three children. In 1995 the Lord blessed their family with another son. Her family has since grown with the addition of two sons-in-law and three wonderful grandsons.

In 1997, she was called by Martin Luther Congregation to teach in the primary grades, and is currently serving as the Kindergarten teacher.

Mrs. Busse says, "The second verse of Hymn 573 has always had special meaning to me. It is the words of this verse and the encouragement of my grade school teachers that inspired me to enter the teaching ministry."

If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the Love of Jesus,
You can say He died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
With the Judgement’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Savior’s waiting arms.

Sue Pieper

Sue Pieper

Grades 1-2; School Music Director

Mrs. Pieper was born and raised in the Denver, CO area by Mike and Thelma Schaefer. She attended Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Elementary School in Denver, which was a two-room school at that time. She continued a Christian high school education by attending the closest WELS high school at that time, Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School, in Waco, NE. Ever since grade school, she knew she wanted to be a teacher, so she attended Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN and graduated in 1990.

Her first teaching assignment was to Gethsemane/St. Andrew Lutheran School in Milwaukee to teach grades 3-4. During her years there she gained experience teaching grades 2, 3, 4, and 5. In the fall of 1995, she met her future husband, Jim, at a WELS singles retreat at Camp Philip in Wautoma. In the spring of 1997, she then received and accepted a call to teach grades 3-4 at St. Mark’s in Citrus Heights, CA. She moved to CA and soon Jim did, too, and they got married in CA in the summer of 1998. She then decided to step away from classroom teaching to pursue a different interest.

She and Jim moved back to WI and the city of Racine in the winter of 1999. She then began teaching piano at Wisconsin Lutheran School in Racine for 19 years. She also served as a classroom assistant, and was a substitute teacher. Her desire to be a classroom teacher again grew steadily. God graciously brought her and her husband to happily serve here at Martin Luther.

Sue and Jim now live in Neenah with their golden retriever, Josie, and enjoy exploring this area of WI that is new to them.

One of her favorite parts of the Bible is in Philippians 4:4-9. It begins,”Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Our gracious God blesses us always in all circumstances.

Kate Schroeder

Kate Schroeder

Grades 3-4

Kate is the daughter of a WELS pastor and teacher and grew up in the rural town of Readfield, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of Fox Valley Lutheran High School and Dr. Martin Luther College and served her first call teaching K-1 in Redding, California. After their marriage, Kate and her husband Dave Schroeder were assigned to serve calls in a two room school in Reno, Nevada. Here they lived and had their first two children. Kate taught K-2 and ran the after school care program. In 1998 Dave accepted a call to serve at Reformation Lutheran in San Diego, California. Kate served as a departmentalized teacher for 4 years and as a preschool teacher for two before having their third child. In 2005 Dave accepted a call to serve at Trinity Lutheran in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Here Kate served as a childcare director and lower grade teacher for 6 years. Kate and her family currently live in Fond du Lac, where Dave is principal of Winnebago Lutheran Academy and she served as an assistant director at Jesus’ Little Lambs childcare before accepting her call to Martin Luther.

Greg Martin

Greg Martin

Grades 5-6; Technology Director

Mr Martin was born in Lansing, Michigan, and attended Lutheran Elementary School through grade 8. For high school he attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, Michigan, He graduated from Martin Luther College in 2006 with a B.S. in Education.

Mr. Martin started his teaching career in Albuquerque Public schools teaching middle school math for 5 years. After 4 years working in the software division of an insurance company he returned to teaching as a resource teacher and then a 4th grade teacher at a charter school in Lansing Michigan. Mr. Martin worked for one year as a math and computer teacher at Fox Valley Lutheran High School. He now teaches 5th and 6th grade, coaches soccer and robotics and attempts to keep all technology working at Martin Luther School.

Mr. Martin’s favorite passage is Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Josh Arndt

Josh Arndt

Grades 7-8; Athletic Director

Mr. Joshua Arndt was born in Marshall, MN. Through various family moves he attended Palos Heights Lutheran, Riverview Lutheran, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Elementary Schools through 8th grade. He then went on to St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul, MN. He graduated from Martin Luther College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

He was assigned by the WELS to Martin Luther School in 2019 where he serves as 7-8 grade teacher as well as Athletic Director. He married Bethany Hennen in 2019

Joshua’s favorite section of the bible is Romans 8:31-39. This is the section that includes the famous phrase, “ We are More than Conquerors.”

Becky Korthals

Becky Korthals

Departmentalized Instruction; Resource Teacher

Mrs. Becky Korthals was born and raised in Tomah, WI. She attended St. Paul’s Grade School and Tomah Sr. High. She then went on to the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse to receive her teaching degree.

She married Gordy Korthals in 1986, and they have two children, Allison and Taylor. Because her husband was in the US Navy, Becky has lived in many places including Virginia, New Jersey, and Okinawa, Japan. They moved to Oshkosh in 1999.

Becky has been teaching in various capacities at Martin Luther School since 2000. She now teaches 5th and 6th grade language arts, 2nd grade math, and is the Resource Teacher.

She and Gordy have been blessed with two beautiful granddaughters.

Becky’s favorite bible passage is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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