Faculty

Steve Hennig

Steve Hennig

Principal; Grades 5-6

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.

Erika Martin

Early Childhood Director
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.

Naomi Strusz

Naomi Strusz

Grades 1-2; School Music

Favorite Bible Passage: Mrs. Strusz says, "I‘ve realized that this changes for me depending upon what is happening in my life. Right now, my favorite text is Hebrews 11 which is the basis of the hymn ’"By Faith.’" "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

Something Mrs. Strusz thinks is special about Martin Luther: The Gospel. Every day children get to hear, learn, study and apply God‘s Word. We have no greater treasure than that, everything else is just a bonus. I pray that every student at Martin Luther is reminded of their Savior’s love for them every day."

Why Mrs. Strusz decided to become a teacher: "My father is a pastor and my mother was a WELS teacher. I had ample opportunities while growing up to be a part of ministry. I also received unique opportunities in high school at Luther Prep to Travel Canvass Witness to local grade schools and to our Lutheran church in Puerto Rico. By the end of high school I knew I wanted to be in the ministry."

Mrs. Strusz’s teaching philosophy: "I enjoy partnering with parents to ensure their child succeeds academically in the classroom and also grows as a child of God. We receive the best results when those goals are met at school and at home."

Hometown: Mazeppa, MN, nicknamed "the village in the valley." It is 10 miles north of Rochester.

Education: Mrs. Strusz attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education with emphases in math and music. She has an immense passion for music, especially playing the piano. Mrs. Strusz is currently pursuing coursework related to children with special needs and reading literacy in the primary grades.

Experience: Mrs. Strusz is in her ninth year teaching here at Martin Luther. Teaching first grade at Martin Luther was/is her first and only call.

Home Life: Mrs. Strusz is married to Mike Strusz who teaches at Winnebago Lutheran Academy.

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.

Brad Evers

Brad Evers

Grades 7-8; Athletic Director

Favorite Bible Passage: Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Something special to him about Martin Luther: "Martin Luther School has students who are excited to learn about God‘s word and share it with others."

Why he became a teacher: "I chose to become a teacher because I can help prepare children for their future on earth and in heaven."

Hometown: Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Education: Mr. Evers graduated from Martin Luther College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science - Secondary and Elementary Education with a Social Studies emphasis.

Experience: This is Mr. Evers’ sixth year teaching, all of which have been at Martin Luther. He instructed 4th grade for his first two years, and since then has been instructing our 7th and 8th graders. He is also our Athletic Director. When student teaching, Mr. Evers taught at Eastside in Madison, and at Lakeside Lutheran High School, also near Madison.

Home Life: Mr. Evers is married to Christina Evers, who at one time was also a teacher here at Martin Luther. She now stays home with their son.

Mr. Evers utilizes a classroom website for special assignments and access to useful links.. https://sites.google.com/a/martinlutheroshkosh.com/mrevers/

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 LaCrosse to receive her teaching degree.

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

She has been teaching in various capacities at Martin Luther School since 2000. She now teaches 5th and 6th grade language arts, 3rd grade math, and is the Resource Teacher.

God has recently blessed her with two beautiful granddaughters.

Favorite Bible passage: Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Jenny Smith

Jenny Smith

Departmentalized Instruction

Favorite Bible Passage: Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Mrs. Smith says, "This passage reminds me how much we can do not on our own, but though our amazing Lord."

Something special to her about Martin Luther: "Our goal at Martin Luther is for every student to grow in their faith. Watching that faith grow though the daily use of the gospel is wonderful."

Why she became a teacher: "As a student I had many great teachers, but in my early elementary years I had a tremendous teacher. I always wanted to be a teacher like him. My family encouraged me to pursue this dream. In the classroom my passion would be creativity. This happens most evidently in art class, but I love watching students use creative problem solving skills in math, craft stories for their journals, and come up with clever alternatives to how things could have happened in their reading. My classroom door is always open, and parents are welcome anytime."

Hometown: Mrs. Smith grew up in Osceola, which is a small town in western Wisconsin.

Education: In high school, Mrs. Smith drove an hour each way to attend the WELS high school in West St. Paul, MN. Mrs. Smith graduated from Martin Luther College in 2001.

Experience: Most of Mrs. Smith’s teaching was at our WELS school in Rapid City, South Dakota, while her husband was principal. She taught part time and substituted in a variety of age levels from preschool through eighth grade. This is her fourth year officially teaching here at Martin Luther, but she has been a dedicated volunteer and substitute teacher here for much longer.

Home Life: Mrs. Smith has been married to her husband, Nathan, for 14 years. They have been blessed with three children, who are students at Martin Luther.

Karen Berg

Karen Berg

Library Director

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.

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