Last week in Meet our awesome teachers: Part 1, we got to introduce you to 3 new rockstar teachers in our community: Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Kutcher, & Mr. Froehlich. This week, we have the opportunity to introduce you to 3 more!
Tim Bahr is a former Lake Country Lutheran High School student. He recently graduated from Concordia University Chicago and joined the Martin Luther faculty teaching math and theology. Tim received his bachelor's degree in Secondary Education – Mathematics in the Lutheran Teacher Education Program and was also a defensive end for the Concordia Cougar football team. In 2016, Tim was named First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American in Division III Football.
In his first-year teaching, Tim is also an assistant coach for varsity football. He is looking forward to the playoffs as the team prepares to open the post-season against University School of Milwaukee on Friday, October 20th at 7:00pm at USM (click HERE for more on Spartan athletics). Tim shares, “I’ve really enjoyed coaching this group of players and I hope we can do some good things in the playoffs.”
In the classroom, Tim is making a difference in the lives of students everyday. He is thankful for the teachers at Martin Luther, as they have been extremely helpful in guiding him through his first year of teaching. One of the reason’s he became a teacher was because of the impact his high school teachers and coaches had on him. They were great teachers, excellent role models, and strong mentors for him. He says that he feels lucky enough that one of them was his dad! (both of Tim's parents, David and Janet, serve at LCL. David teaches mathematics, is the head baseball coach, and works extensively in the feeder Thunder programs, while Janet serves as the director of athletics, is the head volleyball coach, and guides the L.I.F.T. program).
Tim recently got married this summer and his wife, Angela, also shares in the teaching passion as she currently teaches sixth grade at Divine Redeemer Lutheran School. His favorite verse comes from Colossians 3:23, “In everything you do, do it as if you are working for the Lord, not man.”
Hannah Froehlich, along with her husband, Pete Froehlich (who we highlighted in last week's edition), joined the faculty at Martin Luther this year. Hannah is a proud graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin with a major in English and minor in theology. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching. Hannah is currently teaching in the Theology Department.
Hannah mentions that she loves being able to work in an environment that is Christ-centered and holds a high academic standard. She is especially excited about being able to teach theology classes. Hannah has especially enjoyed working in outdoor ministry at Camp LuWiSoMo and SonRise Lutheran Ministries. She is also a fan of anything Harry Potter.
Many people have positively impacted her along the way, including a number of teachers, parents, and family members. Hannah shares, “My family has always been close, so they’ve shaped me in ways I’ll never really know.” Hannah cites losing a family member when she was in high school and the impact made when she turned to Scripture. Her favorite verse comes from Romans 2:10, “But glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”
Meet Dave Laack, a father, a husband, a full-time employee at P&H Mining, and now a teacher at Martin Luther. Dave runs the new Power Technology Department at Martin Luther. Dave has an associate’s degree in Automotive Technology from MATC and has spent 20 years in the industry. His current position at P&H Mining is focused on assembly and welding.
Dave enjoys the supportive staff and well-behaved students at Martin Luther. He has really enjoyed sharing his passion and knowledge with the students in his classroom. His first semester class focuses on basic engine operation and automobile systems. Students have running engines in the lab and are working on staff lawn mowers and snow blowers.
His second semester course will focus on three types of welding: gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and shielded metal arc welding. Dave is excited to build this program and continue to have success in the classroom with students in future semesters.
Dave found his passion for engines when he was growing up. His dad made an impact on his life and taught him a lot about cars and what a strong work ethic is. Dave exemplifies this everyday as he steps in to help other teachers whenever he can. When Dave isn’t working or with his family, he enjoys ice fishing. Last winter for example, he spent 4 days and 3 nights at Lake of the Woods in a shanty.
His favorite verse comes from Galations 6:9, “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest – if we do not give up.” Dave shares that he loves this verse as he works tirelessly to provide for his family and students because he knows the result will be worth it.
Be on the lookout soon for our final new staff introduction, Shanon Benser, who will be highlighted as part of an upcoming piece on our science program and noted additions, including her role in guiding A.P. Chemistry. Go Spartans!