Faculty

Kevin Klug, Principal and 5-6 Grade teacher

Mr. Kevin Klug

Principal, Teacher Grades 5-6

Kevin Klug is Pilgrim Lutheran School’s Principal and 5th and 6th Grade Teacher. He is a 1999 graduate of Martin Luther College and was assigned to St. John’s Lutheran School, in Juneau, Wisconsin. He served there as the Athletic Director and taught many different grade combinations from 4th through 8th. He also coached many sports while at St. John’s. Four years ago he took a call to serve as 5th and 6th grade teacher and principal at Holy Trinity, in Okauchee.

He likes to watch sports (at least he did before Covid 19) and cheer for the Packers, Brewers, Bucks, and Badgers. He also likes to play sports, especially volleyball and softball. He loves being outdoors and enjoys fishing, hiking, boating, and kayaking. He has been happily married for 25 years to his wife Gretchen. She is an RN and works as a navigator at the UW Cancer Center, Pro-Health Care, in Pewaukee. They have two children, Jacob, who is studying at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, and Madelynn, who attends WLC.

Bethany Anderson, Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Bethany Anderson

Early Childhood Program Director, Lead K4 Teacher

Bethany Anderson grew up in Brownsville, Wisconsin. Her love for her Lord and children led her to pursue a career in education. Bethany graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a Wisconsin state teaching license and is currently in the Early Childhood Director Teaching Ministry program through Martin Luther College.

Bethany lives in Menomonee Falls with her husband, Tim, and their two huskies, Koda and Fika. Bethany loves to spend time with her friends and family – especially playing board games with them. She enjoys cheering on her favorite Wisconsin sports teams. She also enjoys baking and trying out new recipes. Bethany and her husband especially enjoy spending time outdoors. In their spare time, they like to go camping and hiking together.

David Porth, 7-8th Grade Teacher

Mr. 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 Wisconsin state teaching license and a Master’s Degree in Church Music from Concordia University – Wisconsin. In addition to teaching Grades 7-8, David also serves the congregation as Worship Coordinator. Outside of Pilgrim, David helped with various projects on the new WELS hymnal and is also a curriculum writer for the Synod’s new Hymnology Curriculum.

David is married to Naomi who is a teacher in Milwaukee. They have two sons, Michael and Jameson, who bring much joy and energy to their lives. Both David and Naomi have a passion for music and traveling.

Mrs. Amy Kuske

Mrs. 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.

Mrs. Jodi Murphy

Mrs. Jodi Murphy

Teacher, Grades 1-2

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 Wisconsin.

Jodi’s passion for teaching and sharing the love of Jesus has led to over 25 years of working with children in grades PK-8. Prior to accepting the call to Pilgrim, she 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 areas of instructional technology and special education.

Jodi and her husband Mark reside in Jackson and have one son, Joshua. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, participating in a wide variety of outdoor activities, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and spending time with family and friends.

Kathy Brandt

Mrs. Kathy Brandt

Kindergarten Teacher, Athletic Director

Kathy Brandt graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a concentration in science. She is married to Jim and together they have been blessed with three sons. During her years of teaching she had the privilege of teaching students of all ages in Lutheran schools throughout California, Illinois, and Wisconsin. After completing her Mentor Certification through Cardinal Stritch University, Kathy has gone on to mentor several beginning teachers.

Kathy helped students develop a broad range of skills outside the classroom by coaching forensics and various sports, directing school plays, advising student council, and chairing the art show at the Menomonee Falls Library. She has since moved on to becoming the Athletic Director here at Pilgrim Lutheran. Keeping students active in the learning process is important to Kathy, but nothing gives her more joy than to see her students learn about Jesus and grow in their faith.

When Kathy isn’t teaching, you can find her traveling to visit her sons in Indiana, Utah, and Japan. She also enjoys hiking, biking, and kayaking.

Jenny Raasch, Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Jenny Raasch

Lead K3 Teacher, Teacher Grades 5-6

Mrs. Jenny Raasch grew up in Inver Grove Heights, MN, and graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education.

Jenny has taught at Lutheran schools in California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. In addition to experience in teaching toddlers and preschoolers, she has also taught either part-time or full-time in every level of elementary school. Her various extra duties have included forensics and basketball coaching.

Jenny’s goal for her students is that they view school as a positive place to be–a place where our Savior’s love is reflected in the way students and teachers interact with each other. One of her favorite passages as she thinks of her students and her own children is Isaiah 40:11 “He (Jesus) tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”

Jenny and her husband, Joel, have a son and a daughter in college. Jenny enjoys activities like reading, playing the piano, and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Tiffany Vanderhoof

Resource Teacher and Student Services Coordinator

Tiffany joined the Pilgrim faculty in 2019. She graduated with a BA in Education from Martin Luther College in 2000. Before arriving at Pilgrim, Tiffany has had experience teaching various grades from K5-8 in Beaver Dam, Wonewoc and Newberg, Wisconsin; and also in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She is currently taking classes for her Masters Degree in Special Education through Martin Luther College.

Tiffany is married to Pilgrim’s Pastor, Collin, and loves to spend time with her family. They are blessed with three children, Noah, Micah, & Grace, and have a super sweet AussieDoodle dog named Zoey.

She loves traveling to new places and having summer adventures. Some of her favorite trips have been to the Smoky Mountains, Niagara Falls, and Angels Camp, CA. She hopes to someday travel to Hawaii, and would especially like to visit Italy. In her spare time she enjoys reading mystery novels and trying to solve the mystery before the conclusion. Another favorite hobby is painting wooden boards that Pastor Collin preps for her with scrap wood and old pallets. She feels so happy to create special pieces of artwork for her family and friends using various Bible passages and sayings.

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