Teacher of the Year

2021 Teacher of the Year Recipients:

Early Childhood Director of the Year
Rachel Miliacca

Grace Lutheran Early Childhood Center, Oak Creek

Early Childhood Teacher of the Year
Alison Pipkorn

First Immanuel, Cedarburg

Elementary Teacher of the Year
Sarah Schultz

St. John’s, West Bend

High School Teacher of the Year
Matthew Thiel

Sheboygan Lutheran High School

 

Monday – January 25  –  Early Childhood
Alison Pipkorn is the 3rd grade teacher at First Immanuel Lutheran in Cedarburg where she has served since 2012. She is actively involved in the Cedarburg Junior Women’s Club. When asked why she became a teacher, Alison wrote “My faith and personal relationship with God is the reason for which I was drawn to be an educator. I am able to share my belief of the importance of a Christ-centered life with my students and families that I serve.” Alison was nominated because of her ability to foster positive parent-teacher relationships, her commitment to providing a variety of learning styles, and her commitment to the success of her students.

Tuesday – January 26 – Elementary
Sarah Schultz serves as the 6th grade homeroom and middle school math teacher at St. John’s Lutheran in West Bend. Sarah writes that her “passion is to develop strong Christian leaders who actively live out their faith.” Sarah strives to “create an atmosphere of trust, respect, warmth and focus” in her classroom.  Sarah’s focus on growth mindset, partnerships with parents and a strong focus on her students’ social-emotional health are recognized throughout the St. John’s community.

 


Wednesday – January 27 – High School
Matthew Thiel
teaches music at Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School. In this role he also leads the Symphonic Band, Konzertchor, Jazz Band, Chamber Choir, Pep Band and Music Theory. Matthew wrote that his “philosophy of music education is built on the pillars of engaging the mind, touching the heart, and comforting the soul.” Additionally, Matthew wrote “a Lutheran school’s music department should look, act, and feel different than ‘the school down the road.’” Matthew has a passion for teacher leadership and individualized education.

 

 



Thursday – January 28 – Early Childhood Administrator
Rachel Miliacca is the Early Childhood Director at Grace Lutheran Early Childhood Center in Oak Creek. She has served in a variety of positions in the center since 2011. Prior to her employment in the center, she served as a Teacher Aide in the day school in both paid and volunteer roles. Prior to her arrival, the center was a 2-star school and on the verge of closing.  Her congregation president writes that Rachel led the center to a 5-star rating with the National Accreditation Commission and YoungStar Wisconsin through “her deep faith, total dedication, expertise and caring for our children and parents alike.” Pastor Taggatz says, “Rachel is a wonderful role model and Christian Educator. Her devotion to the parents, the students, and staff at Grace Early Childhood Center is wonderful. She truly cares for her staff and the families that she works with. During this Covid-19 Pandemic, Rachel has shown great leadership and patience as she daily works with the challenges that this state of emergency has brought to our Early Childhood Center. She is a wonderful blessing to our ministry here at Grace!” Pictured from left to right – Steve Gettelman, Principal, Grace Lutheran School, Oak Creek, Rachel Miliacca and Pastor John Taggatz, Grace Lutheran Church, Oak Creek.

 

N/S Teachers’ Conference 2021

N/S Teachers’ Conference
November 8-9, 2021

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions
Wisconsin Dells

Keynotes
Ted Neitzke
Rev. Matt Popovits
Katie Martin – High School

Breakout Sessions
Early Childhood – Breakout
Elementary Tracks and Roundtables
High School Tracks and Roundtables

Costs
Registration Fee – $115 per person
Lodging – $129 standard room

Registration
Will be available in August
Details will be posted as they are finalized.

Aug 7 – Early Childhood Conference 2020

Friday, August 7, 2020

Presenter:   Angel Stoddard

Join us for a morning filled with innovative ideas and inspiration from the talented Angel Stoddard. Ideas for virtual learning as well as social emotional learning will be introduced.

Cost:
$25 – Zoom (registrants will receive a link)

Schedule:
8:30 am – Registration/welcome/prayer
8:45 – 10:15 – Learning with Head, Heart and Hands
10:15 – 10:30 – Break
10:30 – 12:00 pm – Early Childhood Virtual Learning Activities

Certifications from the Early Childhood Committee & 3 CEU’s will be presented upon completion.

Flyer

Online Registration – Register by Friday, July 31. Extended to Wednesday, August 5.

CANCELLED – Lutheran Schools Night at Miller Park

CANCELLED
Saturday, May 9

Lutheran Schools Night at Miller Park!

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

6:10 pm

Tickets – $22 – Loge Outfield

Check with your church or school to see if they are placing a group ticket order. Group ticket orders need to be placed online by Friday, April 24.
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Questions, contact Robin, 414-292-0741.

POSTPONED–Spring Pastors Conference

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

The 2020 Spring Pastor’s Conference scheduled for April 20-22 under the theme: “Taking It Up with the Creator.” Our primary speaker for this conference will be Dr. Joel Biermann from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He will speak to us on God’s ordered work in creation and how that informs our understanding of identity, gender roles, authority, and more. Review the attached conference schedule to see further description on each presentation.

In addition, we will have Dr. Angus Menuge from Concordia University Wisconsin.  He will share a couple of presentations with us on how we can still be humble and faithful servants of the scriptures in a world of radical change and vacillating morality.  He will speak to many contentious modern day issues, and encourage us in our identity and dignity as it is founded in our Savior Jesus.

We will again offer activities for wives who will also be in attendance. Please be sure to invite your spouse along for a time of fellowship with other women.

The venue for this year’s event will be the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells (1000 Chula Vista Parkway, WI Dells 53965).  Please make reservations by calling (855) 760-6575 and use the booking ID: H23153 when making the reservation to get the reduced rate of $109.00 . Rooms must be reserved by Friday, March 20th.  The conference will officially begin on Monday, April 20th  with our opening communion service at Trinity Lutheran Church in WI Dells (728 Church Street) at 1:00pm. Please make every effort to attend our opening time of worship together.  Registration deadline is Thursday, April 10, 2020.

Tentative Schedule

Winter Conference

Winter Conference Update

It has been decided to retool and re-purpose the previously named Passionate Believers Conference; as such it will not be held in 2020. Please watch for future information on this to-be-named, next generation conference slated for winter of 2021.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to supporting lay leadership and the ministry they carry out by providing meaningful conference content, presentations, and discussion opportunities.

March 28 – CLECT, District Office

CLECT – Certificate of Lutheran Early Childhood Teaching

September 21, 2019
and
March 28, 2020

9 AM – 4 PM

South Wisconsin District
8100 W. Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee, WI  53222

WHO
Early childhood educators (infant to grade 3) serving in LCMS early childhood centers or schools that are looking to learn more about LCMS beliefs and how to incorporate them into the classroom.

COST
$100 per participant
Includes lunch and the book “Right from the Start: A Parent’s Guide to the Young Child’s Faith Development” by Shirley Morgenthaler.

QUESTIONS
Contact Chris Cody, cody@swd.lcms.org, 414-464-8102

ONLINE REGISTRATION
Register by 9/6/19

 

 

 

Office Services Assistant — South Wisconsin District Office

The South Wisconsin District office of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is currently seeking an Office Services Assistant.

The ideal candidate for this hybrid position will be expected to work with the executive staff to ensure clear and concise social media communication, maintain development and donor databases, and to assist in the coordination of district workshops, conferences, and conventions. This is a full-time position. Résumés and letters of interest should be sent to reske@swd.lcms.org or mailed to:

South Wisconsin District—LCMS
c/o Paul Reske
8100 W Capitol Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53222

The job description can be viewed here.

2019 LEA Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher

Congratulations Dauna Werner! Dauna was selected to receive Lutheran Education Association’s 2019 Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher Award. Ms. Werner teaches 3 PreK classes at St. Paul Lutheran in Grafton, Wis. She was selected by LEA’s Early Childhood Network leadership team.

Dauna graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, both from Concordia University Wisconsin. She is also a graduate of the School Leadership Development Project (SLED). Previously, she taught at three other Wisconsin schools.

In support of Dauna’s nomination, one parent said, “One day while we were driving home from school, [my son] stated that he had forgotten to tell Mrs. Werner something. We proceeded to asked him what it was, and he answered, ‘That I love her.’ This is evidence of the trusting relationship she builds with each child to allow them to grow and flourish.”

Dauna’s principal also commented. “When walking into Dauna’s classroom, you will find a room that is full of positive learning opportunities. Dauna’s friendly and engaging attitude endears her to her young students. Her classroom embodies our motto of being ‘Focused on Excellence…Centered on Christ.’ Dauna inspires her students to ‘give things a try,’ and activities are modeled through learning strategies that bring about success. She leads a team of three teachers and five aides in our PreK program.”

Ms. Werner’s pastor adds, “This past summer, Dauna went on a mission trip to Cambodia to work with Crossing Cambodia. The trip with five others, including myself, focused on sharing the love of Jesus and to work with street children and Crossing Cambodia’s staff. While overseas, I lost my voice and became ill. Dauna, knowing the importance of Christian devotions, stepped up without being asked and led us in devotions and prayer time. Her words from God’s Word were timely, uplifting, and helpful on this journey.”

Dauna says of her mission, “Raised in a Christian home of educators, God began nurturing my gifts to work with children at an early age. Helping my parents work in their classrooms, I learned firsthand what it meant to be a servant leader. As a child’s first formal classroom teacher, parents look to me for guidance as they begin their educational journey with their child. My classroom is centered on Jesus Christ as our Savior and friend. I pray that the children and families under my care will grow to know Jesus and see how he is an important part of their everyday lives.”