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Mr. Paul Patterson, Principal Paul.Patterson@wlsracine.orgPaul Patterson

Mr. Patterson was born in Naperville, IL, and attended school and church at Resurrection in Aurora, IL.  Since his parents were from Kenosha and Milwaukee, they eventually moved back to Wisconsin and settled in New Berlin.  His family became members at Star of Bethlehem in New Berlin, WI, and he was confirmed and graduated from their Lutheran school.  He always admired his uncle Jim Ziesemer, so he went to Northwestern Preparatory School to become a pastor.  Instead, after graduation, he went to Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN to become a teacher.

Mr. Patterson student taught at St. Mark, Green Bay, WI in the shadow of Lambeau Field.  He also taught at Christ Lutheran School in Zumbrota, MN, and Peace Lutheran School in Sun Prairie, WI.

As principal, it is his hope that our school is able to fix our families' eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrew 12:2)  At Wisconsin Lutheran School we strive to place the joyous message of reconciliation with God through Jesus at the center of our day, lessons, and life.  Through regular contact with the teachers in the classroom, he plans to assist the teachers in their continuous improvement in teaching and managing their students.  In addition, he serves as the sixth grade Catechism and middle school course 2 Math instructor.

Mr. Patterson enjoys bow and gun hunting, snowboarding, and coaching.  He treasures time with his wife, Lara, and four children: Japheth, Elias, Kyrie, and Asher.

One of his favorite Bible passages is found in Ephesians 1:18-23.  "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way."

Seeing Jesus as the One who fills everything in every way reminds Mr. Patterson that the Word of God that is proclaimed daily at Wisconsin Lutheran School works because of what God does and not because of him.

Mr. Jerry Marowsky, 8th Grade Jerry.Marowsky@wlsracine.org  

Mr. Marowsky was born in Milwaukee, WI. He attended grades K-8 at St. John's Lutheran School - Jefferson, WI. His high school education continued at Martin Luther Preparatory School - Prairie du Chien, WI. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Dr. Martin Luther College - New Ulm, MN.

Previously, Mr. Marowsky has taught various grades, five through eight, at Trinity Lutheran School - Marinette, WI; Immanuel Lutheran School - Medford, WI & St. Paul's Lutheran School - Franklin, WI.  

Currently, Mr. Marowsky is the 8th Grade Homeroom teacher serving the upper grades in a departmentalized setting. In addition, he is the WLS Athletic Director and works with technology integration both on the staff and student levels.  

Mr. Marowsky's personal interests include Amateur Radio (FCC License: N0IMJ), bike riding and home improvement.

Hymn 573 "Hark! The Voice of Jesus Crying" of Christian Worship - A Lutheran Hymnal  offers direction and purpose on a daily basis in his teaching career.

Mrs. Paula Nass, 7th Grade Paula.Nass@wlsracine.org

Mrs. Nass grew up in St. Joseph, MI, where she attended St. Paul's Lutheran School.  She attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, MI, for her high school years, and then Dr. Martin Luther College to receive her Bachelor's of Science degree in education with a minor in English.

Her first call was to teach grade three at St. John's Lutheran in Baraboo, WI.  Mrs. Nass was a stay at home mom for six years with  her daughter, and then received a call to teach fourth grade at the same school.  After moving  to Racine with her family, First Evan Lutheran called her to teach at Wisconsin Lutheran School for grades seven and eight, as well as extended learning.  

Mrs. Nass enjoys her cats, hiking, shopping, and reading.

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."

Mr. Douglas Nass, 6th Grade Doug.Nass@wlsracine.org

Mr. Nass was born in Fort Atkinson, WI, but grew up in Jefferson.  He attended St. John's Lutheran School there, Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, WI, and Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.  Before accepting the call to Wisconsin Lutheran School, Mr. Nass taught seventh grade and coached B-team basketball at St. John's Lutheran School in Baraboo, WI.  At WLS, he teaches sixth grade, is the music coordinator for the Middle School, and organizes the school geography bee.  

Mr. Nass's hobbies include photography, hiking, reading, and watching sports on TV.

John 10:27-28 "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;  no one can snatch them out of my hand."

Miss Julie Maass, 5th Grade Julie.Maass@wlsracine.org 

Miss Maass was born in Milwaukee, WI.  Although she attended public grade schools most of her young life in Franklin, WI, and later in Elkhart Lake, WI, she spent grades 3-6 at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Franklin.  It was there in 3rd grade that she first decided to choose Lutheran elementary teaching as her future career.  She never gave up that dream and although she spent her high school years at Elkhart Lake Public High School where she was valedictorian of her senior class, she began teaching in Sunday School and VBS and her home church of Trinity, Kiel as soon as she left grade school.

She always looked forward to attending Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  Although she was slated to graduate in 1976, the Lord called her to an emergency teaching position at St. John's Lutheran School in Oak Creek, WI in her senior year.  She taught grades 5-8 in Oak Creek, then returned to New Ulm  and graduated in 1977.  She was called to serve at WLS right after graduation and has been teaching there ever since.  Although her original call utilized her interests and talents in social studies and language arts by assigning her to teach grades 5-8 departmentalized in those area, she always enjoyed teaching religion most of all, and Christ-Light and Catechism lessons are still the highlight of her school day.  She has been teaching all subjects in grade 5 for over 15 years, and still enjoys the opportunities to bring new information and knowledge to her students.  Besides her classroom duties, she produces the school's annual Christmas service, and uses her God-given public speaking talents to inspire other students in the VOICE (Vocalize Our Inner Creative Expression) group which includes Lower School readers, Christmas service narrators, and forensics participants.  She also directs the 4th-5th grade musical every other year, and organizes the 4th and 5th grade Battle of the Books program.  She  serves on the Technology committee, and encourages her students to read and use computers wisely so they develop skills and knowledge that will help them spread God's Word and serve as useful ambassadors in His kingdom.

Her hobbies include jigsaw puzzles and cheering for the Packers.  Her favorite passage is her Confirmation passage from John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."  With these words of our Savior in mind, she often reminds her students that with God, they can do anything, but without God, they can do nothing.

Mrs. Kathryn Hintz, 4th Grade Kathy.Hintz@wlsracine.org  

Mrs. Hintz was born in Watertown, WI.  She grew up in small town Lake Mills, WI, with schooling at St. Paul's Lutheran School and Lakeside Lutheran High School.  She graduated from UW Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, and currently holds a WI teaching license in elementary education.  She taught grades 1 and 2 in the Campbellsport Public School District.  She completed Synod certification and while in New Ulm, MN worked as a Headstart teacher in the home and as a teacher's aide in a special education classroom.  She has served at Wisconsin Lutheran School for just over 20 years.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Hintz assists with coaching the forensics team, organizing the Battle of the Books teams, and directing WLS students' worship music.  She also chairs the Grandparents Day event.

Mrs. Hintz's personal interests include family gatherings and hiking at new nature areas.  

Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Mrs. Kristina Paustian, 3rd Grade Tina.Paustian@wlsracine.org

Mrs. Paustian was born in Kenosha, WI.  She attended Friedens Ev. Lutheran School, Shoreland Lutheran High School, and Dr. Martin Luther College. Prior to WLS, she taught at St. John's Lutheran in Wrightstown, WI and Trinity Lutheran in Caledonia, WI.  Mrs. Paustian serves as the Lower School Library Coordinator, Inservice committee member and presenter, Home and School Faculty Representative, and Lower School Hot Lunch Coordinator, and has helped with VBS, forensics, and drama.

Mrs. Paustian's hobbies includes hiking, reading, and writing.

John 8:31-32 Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Mrs. Leah Krohn, Elementary School Teaching Assistant Leah.Krohn@wlsracine.org 

Mrs. Krohn was born in Minnesota but grew up on a dairy farm near Ripon, WI.  She attended Ripon Public Schools from K-8 and graduated from Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac, WI.  The Lord led her to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education.

She accepted her first call to Wisconsin Lutheran School to serve as the first grade teacher, and has taught second grade at WLS as well.  Mrs. Krohn has coached B team volleyball and the group VOICE that includes the forensics team for WLS.  She also assists the middle school students with the annual Talent Show.

Mrs. Krohn enjoys refinishing antique furniture, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and two pit bulls.  She can also be found experiencing adventures!

Jeremiah 29:10-12 "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."

Miss Rachel Nemitz, 2nd Grade

Miss Nemitz grew up in Neillsville, Wisconsin. She attended St. John’s Lutheran School through eighth grade and then graduated from Neillsville High School. She went on to Martin Luther College where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education.

She was assigned to Zion Lutheran School in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where she taught for five years. She then accepted a Call to teach at Family of God in Fort Mohave, Arizona. Now she is excited to be teaching here at Wisconsin Lutheran School!

Miss Nemitz enjoys playing the organ, piano, and flute. She also loves to do crafts, scrapbooking, and reading.

One of her favorite Bible passages is John 14:1-4  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Mrs. Deborah Peterson, 1st Grade Debbie.Peterson@wlsracine.org 

Mrs. Peterson was born and raised in New Ulm, MN and loves going back to visit family.  She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, and graduated in 1997 from Martin Luther College with a B.S. in Elementary Education.  Her teaching career began with her first call to teach 1st and 2nd grade at St. Marcus Lutheran in Milwaukee, WI.  She then moved 8 blocks down the road to St. Phillip’s Lutheran to teach K5.  After 4 years in Milwaukee, she moved to Racine, got married, and taught 1 year of Kindergarten (and Extended Learning) here at WLS.  She then started a family.  Mrs. Peterson stayed at home part-time with her children over the years while also teaching part-time: 2 ½ years of 4K in preschool centers, and just last year taught 3K at St. Lucas Lutheran in Bay View.  

Mrs. Peterson enjoys coffee, artwork, hiking, traveling, and adventures with her family.

Romans 14:8 “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”

Mrs. Katy Roekle, Lower School Teaching Assistant Katy.Roekle@wlsracine.org

Mrs. Roekle was born and raised in Kewaskum,WI.  She attended St. Lucas Lutheran School for grades 4-8, graduated from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, Jackson, WI, and received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN.  She taught 1st and 2nd grades for one year at the Lutheran School in Peridot, AZ on the Apache Reservation. She has assisted in all of the Wisconsin Lutheran Lower School classrooms over the past 4 years.  For the 2012-2013 school year, she will be assisting Mrs. Lash and the K5 class as they take on a full day of fun and learning!

Mrs. Roekle enjoys spending time with her family, watching her sons play sports, walking, biking, gardening, and reading.

Proverbs 22:6 "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

Mrs. Kim Lash, K5 Kim.Lash@wlsracine.org 

Mrs. Lash was born and raised in Racine.  She attended St. Rita’s Grade School and St. Catherine’s High School.  She graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelors of Science in Education with a math minor.  This summer she completed her Early Childhood Lutheran Synod Certification from MLC.

She taught 5th grade at St. Edward’s School for seven years.  She took eight years off  to raise her three children.  She was then called to teach Kindergarten at WLS and has loved teaching Jesus’ little lambs the last five years.  Kim also coaches the WLS 5th – 8th grade math teams, and assists with VOICE (forensics program) and drama.  She also enjoys spending time with her family, camping, reading and scrapbooking.

Her favorite Bible verse to share with her Kindergartners is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Mrs. Kerri Bush, K4 Kerri.Bush@wlsracine.org  

Mrs. Bush was born in Montana and grew up in Fond du Lac where she attended Redeemer Lutheran School and Winnebago Lutheran Academy.  Her family moved to Oak Creek and she attended Shoreland Lutheran High School.  She continued her education at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.

Mrs. Bush began teaching at Abiding Word Lutheran School in Houston TX, where she taught kindergarten for 3 years.  She taught preschool for 2 years at Our Savior's Lutheran School in Zion, IL, while also teaching at St. John's Lutheran School in Oak Creek, WI.  She continued in Oak Creek, teaching both preschool and kindergarten until beginning here at WLS.  She currently is also the coordinator of the school's Before/After Care Program.

Her four children are grown up and she and her husband enjoy being grandparents.  She spends her leisure time golfing, quilting, reading and scrapbooking.

Her favorite Bible passage is 1 Cor. 10:31 "Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God."

Mrs. Susan Pieper, K4 Teaching Assistant 

Pastor John Roekle John.Roekle@wlsracine.org 

Pastor Roekle has been a part of Wisconsin Lutheran School since coming to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1996 to serve as pastor.  He teaches 7th and 8th grade catechism class, leads chapel services, and has been involved in coaching soccer, basketball and softball.  Following his graduation from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1991, he served St. John's Lutheran Church in Florence, Wisconsin for 5 years. 

Pastor Aaron Dolan Aaron.Dolan@wlsracine.org 

Pastor Dolan was installed as Associate Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in August 2009.  He is a 2007 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.  Before being called to First Evan, he served at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI for two years.  He enjoys interacting with the WLS students while leading chapel services and teaching catechism class.

Pastor Michael Zarling Michael.Zarling@wlsracine.org 

Pastor Zarling has been a part of the Wisconsin Lutheran School family since accepting the call to serve Epiphany Lutheran Church in 2004 as their pastor.  He teaches 7th and 8th grade catechism class, leads chapel services, and is also involved in teaching evangelism to the children in the school.  Currently he is coaching the boys and girls soccer teams at WLS.  He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1996.  He served as pastor in a home mission congregation in Radcliff, Kentucky for 8 years before being called to Epiphany.

Pastor Philip Janke Philip.Janke@wlsracine.org 

Pastor Janke has been a part of Wisconsin Lutheran School since being assigned to New Hope Lutheran Church to serve as missionary.  He teaches 7th and 8th grade catechism class and leads chapel services.  Before graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, he served as a high school teacher and tutor for one year in Watertown, South Dakota.  He has served at New Hope since the summer of 2008.