Student teacher spotlight: Kati Guenterberg

bobbingKati Guenterberg literally dove in head first with student teaching this year. “On my fourth day here, we bobbed for apples in homeroom! I had so much fun with that!” she shares.

Kati, who is in Mrs. Schommer’s Language Arts classroom, grew up in Appleton, Wis., and graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran High School in 2014.

A double major in Communication Arts and Literature and Elementary Education, Kati loves language. “I have always been a very passionate reader and I want to help share that with my students,” she says. “In addition, I adore people and working with them. I think it is incredibly rewarding to see that ‘Aha!’ moment in a student.”2018-12-06_1523

She is comfortable in the classroom except, “I am really short! Most of the students are taller than I am and that made me a bit nervous,” she admits. But those fears were quickly put to the side. “The culture is just so positive and Christ-centered. It is just so calming and wonderful to have the Word at the forefront of each day.”

Being in the classroom has helped her grow. “I am continually working on becoming a more consistent and organized teacher,” she says. She will spend next semester student teaching at the elementary level.


Student teacher spotlight: Elijah Kroll


This semester, Elijah Kroll served as a student teacher at Lakeside Lutheran in the Social Studies department. Elijah, who is double majoring in Secondary Social Studies and Elementary Education, grew up in Zambia, Africa, where his father served as a missionary. When he was 13, his family moved to Lake City, Minn., where he attended high school. Now his family lives in Cameroon, where they are again serving as missionaries.

Elijah wasn’t sure he wanted to be a teacher until he was a senior in high school. “I was a camp counselor at Camp Shiloh in Texas and decided that I want to work with kids,” he says.


While he wasn’t nervous about student teaching in a high school, “I can’t help wonder if I know enough,” he shares. While being mentored by Mr. Doering, Elijah learned that “preparation is the key to success, but having fun while teaching goes a long way.”

He’s enjoyed his time outside of the classroom too. “Giving chapel and extra curricular activities are probably my biggest highlights,” he says.

As for the future, “I currently am trying to figure out whether or not to take a call out of MLC or to go abroad and teach. Please pray for me as I make this decision.”

Vocational English students get practical experience

This semester, five speakers came into Vocational English to share different career options. The first two were MATC and military representatives. The other three were Lakeside alumni. Mr. John Luedtke (‘72), of Luedtke Plumbing, shared info about plumbing and other skilled trades. Mike Ehlers (’04), is a UW-W grad and the VP of Operations at mkCellular. He shared information about sales and customer service. Joel Hirschfeld (‘99), Sr. Production Manager at Generac Power Systems, Whitewater, talked about manufacturing, operations, and assembly.

Hirschfeld and Ehlers also set up a spot on their company websites where students could fill in an actual application for the two jobs. The men, along with LL Development Director, Scott Gronholz, then conducted mock interviews for the 16 seniors.

The students were instructed to dress for the occasion and come prepared for the interview. The interviewer then provided feedback. This is a valuable experience for the students, who shared some of things they learned:

  • Have eye contact and show up like you want the job.
  • Make an outstanding first impression. It could be the difference between getting a job and not getting the job.
  • I need to come more prepared.
  • I learned to set my pen on the table so I don’t play with it and it doesn’t become a distraction.
  • I should have ironed my clothes better.
  • In the face of what seems intimidating, remaining calm is one of the best things you could do.
  • I would wear more comfortable shoes in case they would like to give me a tour.
  • Be confident. They want to know about you and your work skills. But be honest.
  • The interviewer will determine if he or she likes you in the first 5 minutes. So the beginning of the interview is the most important.
  • Research done on the company before an interview has a dual purpose. It will help you evaluate whether or not you really want to work for that company. The other is you will look better to the interviewer.
  • Don’t just come up with questions. Actually practice them. 

Thanks to our alum for participating and helping prepare the next generation of Lakeside grads!


Veterans Day Observance

Lakeside Lutheran High School hosted a Veterans Day event Wednesday, November 7, that featured an introduction to and speech from Rep. John Jagler, state representative for Wisconsin’s 37th Assembly District, which includes areas in Columbia, Dodge, Dane, and Jefferson counties.

Almost 70 veterans from several branches of service spent the morning at Lakeside. The veterans in attendance represented more than half a century of military service, from World War II to the conflicts and wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan. After a breakfast and IMG_9956.jpgsocial time for veterans and their guests, Principal James Grasby greeted the veterans and introduced Rep. Jagler, the Chair of the Assembly Housing and Real Estate Committee also serves on several other committees, including Constituion and Ethics; Committee on Education; Insurance; Mental Health; Rules; and State Affairs. Rep. Jagler expressed his thanks to the veterans in attendance and to those currently serving, and commemorated the selflessness that is required in service to God and country.

A special Veterans Day chapel service, presided over by Pastor Paul Burk of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington—who served in the Marines—and Pastor Mark Toepel of the Lakeside faculty, included the honored veterans as well the entire student assembly, faculty and staff.

A gallery of other photos from the morning can be found at:

Sharing faith, having fun, making friends

On Sunday, October 21, Teens for Christ hosted New Friends. It was the fourth New Friends event that has taken place at Lakeside—and this time had one of the best turnouts so far. Many fun activities were held that afternoon such as pumpkin painting, face painting, cookie decorating, Bingo, Uno, and much more! Student teacher, Mr. Elijah Kroll, led the group in devotion and 67 Lakeside students came to help.

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Junior Micah Missall attended the event and said, “It’s a wonderful way to share our faith with people outside our school and it’s always a fun time making new friends and new memories. I look forward to all the New Friends events and I have a great time.”

Teens for Christ co-secretary, Elise Meier, stated, “It was a major success, and I cannot wait for the next one!”

The next New Friends event is planned to take place on January 20th and it will feature more friends, more fun, and karaoke.

For more photos visit the Lakeside SmugMug page.

Ella Collins is a junior at Lakeside and is the secretary of Teens for Christ.

Cichanofsky receives awards

Cichanofsky, Zachary(edited)Zach Cichanofsky, a May 2018 graduate from Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, received a Technical Excellence Scholarship from the State of Wisconsin. This award is given to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest demonstrated level of proficiency in technical education subjects. The scholarship is to be used at a school within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and is valued at up to $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition for six semesters. Cichanofsky will attend Waukesha County Technical College. He also received a Snap-On Tool award valued at $3,905.00 from the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association. While he is in school he will also work for J & L Tire, Truck, and Trailer Shop in Johnson Creek.

TFC New Friends: Make new friends near

For the past 59 years, students at LLHS have focused on service. For some, it meant SHO Team and giving presentations about alcohol and drug abuse to grade schools. Others belonged to Teens for Life, and were passionate about speaking out of the lives of all people, especially those who cannot speak for themselves. Some joined Affinity, a group that began in 2001 to encourage students to use their “time and God-given abilities to serve our fellow students, school and its neighbors.”

Today, students join Teens for Christ—and serve God and others in a number of ways. This year, TfC started New Friends, where LL teens hang and develop friendships with people who have special needs. All can join in fun activities, such as human bowling, karaoke, face painting, basketball, crafts, music, and, of course, snack (they’re teens!).

Held three times in the 2017-18 school year, more than 50 Lakeside teens participated each time. “We are excited to share God’s Word with more individuals in our community,” says Ruth Hirschfeld, LLHS faculty adviser to Teens for Christ. “New Friends allows us to witness to the joy that faith in Jesus brings as we have fun. It has the potential to inspire and impact both the community participants and the teens who are looking to make some new friends.” Senior Sophie Collins agreed. “People with special needs can learn from us, but we can also learn from them,” she said. “Getting a strike in bowling can make someone so happy. It helps us remember the little things in life and to stay positive. I am always amazed by the happiness.”

She also saw the need to spread the word about the program. “The most important part for us is to not only have people come back, but have more people come and join us every time.” she said.” We’re learning how to let people know this is going on.”

Caretakers of anyone with special needs who may be interested in attending next year should contact Hirschfeld at, or 920-648-2321 x2210.

(from Link, vol. 13, 2018 Issue 1)