Meet our 1999 ILC Teacher Graduates
In May 1999 the following teachers graduated from Immanuel Lutheran College’s teaching program. They are now serving in their first calls into the public ministry.
Teresa Nelson is teaching grades K-2 at Luther Memorial in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She enjoys working with young children and hopes to instill in her students a love of learning. She has been able to make use of her musical talents in her classroom. Her children always welcome a new song. Outside of the classroom she enjoys rollerblading, visiting her local health club, and listening to and making music.
Vanessa Bernthal is serving in Watertown, South Dakota at Trinity Lutheran Church. She traces her desire to become a teacher way back to the first grade when she herself attended a Christian day school. The opportunity to openly teach about Jesus every day to children is truly a blessing. The most rewarding aspect about teaching, she says, is “hearing the children confess their rock-solid faith in their Savior Jesus Christ.” In her free time Vanessa enjoys reading, playing volleyball, walking, and playing piano.
Kirsten Gullerud is teaching at Grace Lutheran Church in Valentine, Nebraska. She too had thought of being a teacher since childhood. She especially enjoys working with students individually on creative writing assignments, and the discussion generated from devotions in God’s Word. “I love it (teaching) because it gives me the joy of sharing God’s Word every day.” In addition to playing the flute, she enjoys exploring the educational potential of the internet. As a good Nebraskan, she also enjoys cheering for the Cornhuskers.
May the Lord richly bless the work of these young, energetic servants.
(We thank staff member Prof. Joe Lau for gathering information for this column–Ed.)