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Meet the New Teachers - Part 2

Posted by Whitney Dotson on Sep 16, 2016 5:45:18 PM

 

 

Here are a few more people on staff that we'd like to introduce!

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What is your educational/career background before Milwaukee Lutheran?

I worked for a nonprofit organization called NESI for 5 years. I also worked at Milwaukee College Preparatory for 2 years as an Educational Assistant. 

What do you enjoy most about being at this school so far?

Everyone is very welcoming; from the staff to the students. It seems like I’ve been here much longer than a few weeks, more like a few years.

What things are you looking forward to in your first school year here?

One of the things that I am looking forward to, is establishing great/strong relationships with students, even with the kids that do not have my class.

What is your favorite Bible verse, and why?

My favorite Bible verse is, Matthew 6:33; “ But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” This is my favorite because, it’s telling me if I keep God at the helm of my life, I’ll be prosperous no matter what I do. He’ll give me his mercy and grace.

 

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What is your educational/career background before Milwaukee Lutheran? 

I am a 2003 graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin.  After graduation, I spent two years at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. After two years at the Seminary, God led me into a new direction and  into youth ministry.  I spent 3 years as the Program Director for Camp LuWiSoMo in Wild Rose, Wisconsin.  While being at camp, I started back at Concordia University Wisconsin to earn my Lay Ministry Certification, which I received in 2010.  After being in camp ministry, I served as a Character and Leadership Director for at risk teens for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. In 2012 I accepted the call to serve as Youth Minister at St Paul Lutheran Church and School in Grafton, Wisconsin. I spent a little over 4 years at St. Paul until I accepted the call to serve as a religion teacher at Milwaukee Lutheran High School.

What do you enjoy most about being at this school so far?

I really enjoy the opportunity to share God’s Word with my students.  It is has been so rewarding to see the student’s eyes opened after either hearing the good news of salvation for the first time, or seeing the scriptures in a different light. 

What things are you looking forward to in your first school year here?

I am looking forward to seeing how God works through the lives of all of our students at Milwaukee Lutheran. We have such an amazing faculty and staff that have a passion for sharing Jesus with our students.  I am proud to be part of the Red Night Nation!

What is your favorite Bible verse, and why?

My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding, but acknowledge Him in all of your ways and he will make your paths straight."

This verse has stuck with me ever since it was shared with me after I came to know Christ. If I put my full trust in God, no matter the struggle, worry, or care, HE will lead me through it and be alongside of me the whole way.

  

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What is your educational/career background before Milwaukee Lutheran?

I was homeschooled my entire life before I attended Concordia University, WI! I graduated with a bachelors in Education and English with a minor in theology and an emphasis in theatre. I have done many jobs throughout high school and college. Besides the typical lawn care and babysitter in high school, I also worked at summer camps, directed children’s plays, and coached volleyball. In college, I worked in Audio/Visual for 4 years, became a tutor, a swim instructor, a lifeguard, an I.T. worker, a nanny, and a worship leader. I have learned so much through these experiences and hope to continue growing through new ones that come my way.

What do you enjoy most about being at this school so far?

My fellow teachers! I love everyone in my department as if they were family. I have felt so encouraged by other teachers in this school and at points when I wanted to give up, they gave me advice, encouragement, and their time in order to make sure I wouldn’t. I absolutely love my kids here, but I also love knowing how much they are loved by their teachers.

 What things are you looking forward to in your first school year here?

I’m looking forward to learning as much as I am teaching. I don’t believe one can ever stop learning, especially learning about God. I am excited to be stretched, get outside my comfort zone, and hopefully make an impact on the students I have the pleasure of teaching.

What is your favorite Bible verse, and why?

Psalms 46:10. "Be still and know that I am God." This is my favorite verse because I am a person who loves to do everything, help everyone, and always have things perfect. Sometimes, I need to remember that I can’t do everything… in fact, I need to remember I can’t do ANYTHING without the help of my Savior. This verse takes away my OCD anxiety and reminds me that God is God and He can take it from here.

 

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What is your educational/career background before Milwaukee Lutheran?

I graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with my Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education. After graduation, Concordia reached out to me and I began doing recruitment for the University in the Admission office. I continued in the Admission Office for the following six years until I took the call to Milwaukee Lutheran.

What do you enjoy most about being at this school so far?

I enjoy the students more than anything. Seeing their smiles and just making an impact in their daily life, its truly a blessing and a gift from God.

What things are you looking forward to in your first school year here?

I am looking forward to continuing to build relationships within the Red Knight Nation. I am excited to get to the know the students, faculty, and families of this great place; to hear their stories and what their dreams and passions are.

What is your favorite Bible verse, and why?

My favorite Bible verse would be 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.”

It was my father’s confirmation verse and he passed it on down to me. It reminds us that in ALL situations, God is there with us. We need not to be afraid, rather we be strong, knowing, trusting and believing that our Lord is there with us.

 

Milwaukee Lutheran is blessed to have all these talented individuals as a part of the teaching staff. If you see them in the hallways, be sure to welcome them too!