Dedicated, Caring Faculty

Dedicated, experienced teachers work in cooperation with parents to create a safe, caring community in which all students develop academically, spiritually, socially and physically.

Pilgrim believes that educators are lifelong learners, thus all teachers are required to maintain state licensure, continue education, and attend educational conferences and workshops throughout the year.

Brett Kriese

Principal
Teacher Grades 5-6

As the principal and school administrator of Pilgrim, Brett Kriese supervises the elementary school and early childhood ministries. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the school, including the coordination and improvement of instruction and the implementation of the school improvement plan.

Over the years, Mr. Kriese continued his education earning his WI DPI license in both elementary and secondary education. He also holds a Master of Science in Education and recently completed the Google Educator’s Course. He is looking forward to beginning work on his WI DPI license in administration.

Brett has served in several leadership roles, including serving on the Wisconsin Lutheran High School grade school executive committee as vice-president and serving as the president of the Midwest Lutheran Athletic Association. He is currently serving as the chairman of the Wisconsin Lutheran High School’s grade school athletic conference (LAA).

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling both domestically and internationally, playing softball, and downhill skiing.

David Porth

Teacher Grades 7-8

A 2014 graduate of Martin Luther College, David Porth earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Music. David currently holds a Minnesota state teaching license, which is in the process of being transferred to Wisconsin. He plans to graduate in the Winter of 2019 with a Master’s Degree in Church Music from Concordia University – Wisconsin. In addition to teaching Grades 7-8, David also serves the congregation as Music Director. Outside of Pilgrim, David serves on two boards for the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and is also a curriculum writer for the Synod’s new Hymnology Curriculum.

David is happily married to Naomi who is a half-time teacher at Pilgrim. They have one son, Michael who was born in April 2018. Both David and Naomi have a passion for music and traveling.

Amy Kuske

Teacher Grades 3-4

A love for her Lord and children led Amy Kuske to pursue a career in elementary education.  She grew up on a dairy farm in the tiny western Wisconsin farming community of Woodville.  After graduating from MLC she taught at St. John’s Burlington and St. John’s Mukwonago before arriving at Pilgrim.

Amy has completed numerous graduate courses in reading, math and technology and has obtained her Wisconsin DPI license for K-8.

Engaging students in the learning process is important to Mrs. Kuske.  She writes curriculum lessons that place an emphasis on student involvement and creativity.  She believes learning needs to be fun and meaningful!

She has been blessed with a husband and three children.  She’s also an avid sports fan—so when she’s not teaching she’s busy watching her son play football at WLHS and her daughter run cross country, and cheering on the Badgers, Brewers, and Packers.

Jodi Murphy

Grade 2 Teacher

Jodi Murphy graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. In 2007 she completed the teacher certification program in Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence and English and is currently licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Her passion for teaching has led to over 15 years of working with children in grades PK-8. Prior to accepting the call to Pilgrim, Jodi most recently served as a classroom teacher at Trinity in Brillion, and as a math specialist in the Brillion Public Schools. She is currently pursuing professional development opportunities in the area of instructional technology.

Jodi and her husband Mark reside in Jackson and have one son, Joshua. In her spare time she enjoys music, a wide variety of outdoor activities, and attending her son’s sporting events.

Naomi Porth

Grade 1 Teacher

Naomi Porth is a 2015 graduate of Martin Luther College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in music.  Before coming to Pilgrim, Naomi taught three years at St. Philip’s Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI.

Her passion for and experience in urban education has led her to see that building strong relationships among students, parents, and faculty leads to great success in and out of the classroom.
Naomi is married to David, the 7th and 8th grade teacher at Pilgrim. They have one son, Michael and two dogs, Lucy and Gilbert. She enjoys music, basketball, volleyball, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Kathy Brandt

Kindergarten Teacher

Kathy Brandt graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Science.  She has over twenty years teaching experience from preschool through eighth grade and has taught in schools located in California, Illinois, and Wisconsin.  She recently completed her Mentor Certification through Cardinal Stritch University and mentors several beginning teachers in Wisconsin.

Technology has played an important role in her teaching.  After attending Wisconsin Lutheran College’ s iPad in the Classroom course, she launched Pilgrim’s 1:1 iPad Program.

When she isn’t teaching she enjoys watching her sons’ sporting events and concerts.  Reading and spending time with family and friends are what add pleasure to the week.