Favorite Bible Passage: These words from the prophet Isaiah give me comfort during difficult times in my life because I know that my God is in complete control. He will give me the tools I need to overcome all difficulties in this world. 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."
I was born in Lansing, Michigan, and attended Lutheran Elementary School through grade 8. For high school, I attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, Michigan, where I realized that my talents and abilities would best serve the Lord in the teaching ministry. I spent four years at Dr. Martin Luther College and graduated in 1995 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. I was called to teach at Zion Lutheran School in Hartland, Wisconsin. There I served as the 3-4 grade teacher and Athletic Director. In 1999, I was called to teach 5-6 grade and serve as Martin Luther’s Athletic Director. For the past nine years I have been serving as Principal at Martin Luther.
I have three children, two attending Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, and one here at Martin Luther. I have been married to my wonderful wife Ellen for 19 years.
Mrs. Karen Berg was born and raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 1977, she married Jeffrey Berg. Together they have lived in Cedarburg, Oshkosh, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Vesta, Minnesota; and Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
Mrs. Berg moved with her husband and family to Oshkosh in 1994, and worked in several area schools until she began teaching Pre-K in 1996 at Martin Luther School for fifteen years until retirement. Mrs. Berg also has served and continues to serve as head librarian in Martin Luther’s School Library.
During partial retirement Mrs. Berg has enjoyed tutoring children, subbing, and spending time with her husband, as they travel and share God’s love with their seven children, spouses and sixteen grandchildren. She also enjoys gardening, sewing, biking, walking and reading.
Mrs. Berg is extremely excited to be back in the classroom to share the joy of God’s love with His little lambs.
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.