On May 17, 2017 the Lutheran Schools Association recognized three of Martin Luther School's finest for their unending dedication to the educational program. We thank God for their service and ask for His continued blessings over their ministries.
LSA Administrator of the Year
Mrs. Donna Younghese certainly embodies Martin Luther School’s theme for this school year: Encourage One Another! As Assistant Principal of Academics and Guidance, she is a dedicated, respected, patient and compassionate administrator. Donna has created an environment of high academic expectations and a climate where students feel safe. Never too busy to listen, share ideas or offer solutions, she serves as a key role model and mentor to students. Mrs. Younghese strives to ensure all students receive the services they deserve.
Her faith, joy and warmth are contagious. As she pushes students to excel academically, Donna also aspires to help each become a better person. Driven by her love of learning,
she provides tremendous leadership and
support, always raising the bar for her students.
LSA Middle School Teacher of the Year
Mr. Glenn Schuman loves exploring nature and historical sites. Always looking for new ways to engage Middle School students, he strives to incorporate popular culture and current events into his lessons. Whether Mr. Schuman is teaching the roots of the Revolutionary War or dissecting a shark in the lab, he wants his students to be excited about what they are learning!
Recently in Social Studies class, he had and 8th grade student and a faculty member singing and playing the ukulele and guitar, sharing music popular during World War II. Such outside-the-box lesson plans are meant to make learning fun – for his students and, quite possibly, for himself!
LSA Teaching Assistant of the Year
At the beginning of the school year, Mr. Chris Altrogge joined Martin Luther School as part of his university education as an intern with the Mennonite Voluntary Service. Colleagues say this “jack of all trades” jumped into the Martin Luther experience head first, fully participating wherever needed. In addition to serving as a substitute teacher, Chris co-teaches choir, was assistant soccer coach, and has spearheaded a few clubs: cartooning, guitar and an after-school jam session.
Quick to say “Yes!” and always willing to lend a hand when it comes to interacting with students, Chris shares a depth of knowledge and a unique skill set thanks to his travel experiences, love of drawing and “mad guitar skills.” Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, MLS Executive Director Mr. Randal Gast remarked, “Chris A. is the best thing to come from Canada since LaBatt’s!”