Brittany (Marable) Heath, ALA 2009
Bethany Lutheran College/ Early Elementary
I currently teach at the only A+ charter school in Arizona called EDUPRIZE. I have taught for 4 years. I am currently teaching third grade and I love it!
When I moved to Minnesota for college, my entire family was still in Arizona. When I moved back to Arizona to teach and get married, my family had moved to Wisconsin and Delaware! So even though we are far apart, we still find time to be together. My mom is my rock.
Ryan MacPherson, ALA 1993
Ph.D., Univ. of Notre Dame
History Dept. Chair, teaching History, Philosophy, and Legal Studies at Bethany Lutheran College, since 2003
Mr. Vic Fenske, my homeroom teacher at ALA, encouraged me to attend Bethany Lutheran College. He had met his wife Doris there. I attended Bethany 1993-1995, and then returned in 2003 as a professor. I met Marie there that year, and we got married in 2004. Now we are homeschooling our five children, with another due to be born in January 2018. Would you believe that I'm using the very same Latin textbook with my children that "Mr. Vic" used with me, nearly 25 years ago! Another memory from ALA that remains fresh in my mind is the Order of Matins. We used that for Wednesday "long chapel" when I was a student. It was new to me then, and I always think of ALA whenever chanting Matins nowadays. It has been a joy to receive the blessings of Christian education, and now to pass that on, both at Bethany Lutheran College and with my own children at home.
Pauline Gray, ALA 1984
BS General Business ASU, MEd Masters Education ASU, Library Endorsement
I am a school librarian in the Chandler
Unified School District. After teaching 4th grade for 8 years, I became a school librarian, and it has my dream job since then! I get to inspire the love of reading every day! I am a huge proponent of school libraries, public libraries, and childhood literacy.
I have written grants for our school library since our school opened 14 years ago. Our library recently received a grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks for $2500 for new chapter books aimed at students that struggle with reading.
Dan Johnson, ALA 1984
Dr. Martin Luther College (B.S. Education); National Louis University (Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction); Nova Southeastern University (Doctorate in Educational Leadership)
After graduating from ALA in 1984, I attended Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Upon graduation I served at Nebraska Lutheran High School, was the principal of Christ the Lord Lutheran Elementary School in Clearwater, FL, and served as a vice-principal at Shoreland Lutheran High School. In 1993 we moved back to the Valley of the Sun and I became the third principal of ALA. After serving as ALA’s principal from 1999-2008, we moved to Germantown, WI and I am currently the President of Wisconsin Lutheran College.
I’ve been blessed with the gift of service to our Lord at various schools throughout the country. However, one of my all-
time treasured moments was serving as principal at my high school alma mater...I will forever be a Coyote! Without question, ALA has been one of my greatest blessings in my life...and I pray that God continues to transform lives via the gift of Christian education at ALA!
Katrina Buchholz, ALA 2010
Martin Luther College, Elementary Education Major
I currently teach at Risen Savior Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI. In my four years of teaching I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 7th grades, and I currently teach 6th-8th grade English Language Arts.
My favorite time of day in my classroom is whenever I join my seventh grade students in prayer. As we close our devotion, I ask who would like to pray after me, and the result is a long line of students who take turns praying--they offer prayers of thanks and prayers of petition. The selflessness of their prayers never ceases to amaze me as they pray for their families, the families of their classmates and neighbors, and for people struggling around the world. This attitude carries over to their actions. We recently held a food drive at school, and they took it upon themselves to organize the food donations and write messages like "God bless" and "Jesus Saves" on the packaged food items. My students are a daily blessing to me and everyone they serve.
Rebecca Law, ALA 2012
NAU, BS with Honors in Secondary Math Education
Sandra Day O’Connor HS, Algebra and Geometry, Second year teacher
My 2017 goal was to travel once a month and I achieved my goal. I went to Chicago, London, Denver, Portland, Toronto, Ottawa, New York City, and more!
Kristen (Boswell) Wade, ALA 1981
Bachelor of Science in Education, Martin Luther College
• First Call- St. Paul’s, Lake Mills 5th grade for 5 yrs
•Onalaska Luther - taught English 6 yrs - coached volleyball and basketball
• Divine Savior, Doral FL helped start school and taught 2nd and 3rd grade first year
•Beautiful Savior, Cincinnati Ohio- Kdg 3 yrs
•Moved back to AZ- Pan-American Charter School, Phoenix 5th grade 2 yrs
• Eagle college Prep School, Phoenix 7th-8th grade ELA currently 2nd year
After spending many years away from AZ, it is surreal that Jarrod graduated from ALA and Joel soon to be a graduating from ALA.
Rachel (Burk) Plitzuweit, ALA 1991
ASU - BAE Education/Physical Education
I am currently a Physical Education Teacher at an elementary school in Surprise. I teach PE to students in K-8th grade. I am also a Middle School Girls Basketball Coach. I have been teaching for 19 years.
I loved the four years I spent at ALA. I am thankful that my boys will get to have the same experience!