Dax Rodriguez joined the Martin Luther faculty this year and is teaching in the social studies department, including the leadership of a new Advanced Placement course in World History. He graduated from UW-Madison, finished his post baccalaureate teaching degree at UW-Parkside, and finished his masters degree at Cardinal Stritch University. Dax has a BA in Political Science and his master’s is in History. Dax taught for 18 years at West Allis Central High School, where he liked it better when he was Coach Rick Hoppert’s boss and Coach Chris Pfaller was a kid when he was coaching.
Dax has been involved with coaching at the school for the past three years and has quickly earned favor and respect with students, parents, and colleagues. He is looking to make an impact on not only the kids he coaches, but also the entire student body.
His mentors include his grandfather, who taught him to be honest and hard working, and a coach from when he was in high school (Coach Wall) whom he tries to emulate as a teacher and coach.
His favorite bible verse is also the theme for the 2017-2018 school year, ‘Stand Firm & Speak Truth.’ Dax shares, “I just think the Truth, regardless of where we speak it and what we are speaking of, is the most important thing. If we lie to ourselves, or do not speak or stand up for what we believe in, part of ourselves will be missing.”
Steve Kutcher joined the instructional support team and takes the lead in the IMC/Library during study halls. He graduated from UW-Green Bay with degrees in Psychology and Human Development. He has been teaching for the past 25 years, including 18 years at Waukesha West High School.
Steve did not go to school to become a teacher, but believes God led him to teaching. As he was completing his student teaching, he knew that was where God was calling him to be. Since joining the Spartan family, Steve said he most enjoys chapel and being surrounded by fellow believers. He is looking forward to building relationships with students and staff, and comments that he looks forward to "never retiring" as his love for teaching fuels a desire to forever live out this calling.
Mr. Kutcher is also happy to share that a fun fact about him is that he wanted to be Spider-Man when he grew up. :)
Batter up! Pete Froehlich, a one pitch wonder for the New York Mets (i.e. he once threw out the first pitch for a game), joins the Spartan family as the new art teacher. He is a proud graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin with a BA in Art Education and History. He also has his masters degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University. He has taught for the past 13 years in three states, including his first position at Lutheran High School North in Houston, Texas.
For the last five years, he was the art teacher and coach at Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas. Since being at Martin Luther, he most enjoys being back in the atmosphere of faith-based education and among fellow believers.
Pete shares his favorite verse: “Like clay in the hands of the potter, so are you in mine.” - Jeremiah 18:6. He is excited to start at a new school and work in a well-established art program with a strong history. Pete's wife, Hannah, also joined the staff at Martin Luther and will be highlighted as a part of next week's blog: "Meet our awesome new teachers! Part 2".
Please be sure to give a big Spartan welcome to these awesome new members to our Spartan family! Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight and introduce all of the incredible new staff members the Lord has blessed us with this year.