I am a Shawano native, who grew up on a dairy farm 3 miles west of Shawano. I first attended West Shawano School, a one-room 1-4 grade rural school, then moved to St. James Lutheran School and graduated from Shawano High School in 1973. I earned my B.A. in Education at Concordia College, St. Paul, MN. I began my teaching career in Nebraska. I have also been a teacher and grade school principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Wisconsin. I taught at Shawano Community Middle School for 10 years. I also served two Churches in Gillett for 4 years as a Deacon of the North Wisconsin district, LCMS.
I am currently in my 4th year teaching Religion and Science courses here at Wolf River High School. I teach woodshop, agriculture, and horticulture semester classes. I am currently coaching the girls’ basketball team, and I am the director of the school play in the fall.
I was a member of the original steering committee and chairman of the site committee for our school.
I truly believe that God has blessed us greatly with our school and intends it to be a source of great learning that provides for every need of our students. Christian education is more than just the books and getting a job in the future. It is about shaping our children to be able to withstand the temptations of the world and at the same time being a witness to the only source of salvation for mankind, Jesus. Our education is not limited to a lifetime, but rather for eternity.
The High School years can be very challenging to a young person’s moral and spiritual development. Attending a Lutheran High School doesn’t shield students from the world, but rather helps them to cope with life’s difficulties through repentance, forgiveness, restoration, and being constantly reminded how much God cares for them and how valuable their life is. As a teacher, it is my job to help students learn to the best of their ability and to help them recognize the individual talents and abilities with which God has blessed them. Every student is unique and valuable.
My wife Donna and I live in Shawano. Donna loves to bake and makes treats for our students almost every week. We are members of St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. I am a lay minister and church sextant and Donna is a greeter at St. James. We are members of the Fun For Friends and Fellowship group at St. James that meets once a month for all adults with special needs in the Shawano community. I lead the devotions and music while Donna prepares and directs the craft for the day.
I have two children, Ross and Julie, and two grandchildren, Taylor and Rayna. Donna has three children, Nick, Heather, and Corey, and two grandchildren, Emerich and Ellayna, and she is expecting another grandchild in 2019.We enjoy baking, gardening, and during the winter months, putting puzzles together. I also sing in the senior and men’s choir at St. James and have been acting at the Mielke Theater for the past 14 years. My most memorable roll to date has been portraying Vince Lombardi
I have served in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod as either a principal or teacher or both for 23 years. I served as the Director of the Shiocton Child Care Center for one year before returning to the ministry. I am married to Joe and we have two grown children. We have five grandchildren. My formal education comes from a variety of places; Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Concordia St. Paul, Master of Art in Education from Viterbo La Crosse, Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Concordia Seward, and all coursework completed for a Doctorate in Administration from Concordia Portland.
Jonathan (Jon) Berkesch
It was a very good day when I was hired by WRLHS to be the next Office Manager upon Ms. Beauprey’s retirement. My name is Daniel Braun and I have been a lifelong resident of Shawano other than my college years followed by five years working in Minneapolis. St James is my home church, and I am quite busy as the Director of the Board of Christian Service and therefore on the Board of Directors as well. As my wife, Kathy, and I are empty-nesters, we enjoy time together at home flower gardening, socializing with friends over a meal, and watching our shows on PBS or HGTV. Now and then we enjoy camping up north or traveling near or far as finances permit. You will also find me cruising the Wolf River in my boat and frequently pulling the tube with kids of friends.
My previous work experience has included Assistant Restaurant Manager, Foodservice Director, General Manager of Braun Dairy Equipment, Inc., Menominee Indian Tribe’s Cashier, and an Internal Auditor for the Menominee Tribe. I am thrilled to now be working at WRLHS and seeing faith in process in so many ways and also every day.
I have two adult daughters, Haanah and Maris, each living in Northfield, MN, and Seattle, WA, respectively. Haanah is in fact a 2009 graduate of WRLHS having experienced years when the campus was part of St. James followed by the Cecil campus. Thus, my involvement with WRLHS as a volunteer started many years ago and quite often in the kitchen making soup or spaghetti.
The staff, faculty, students, parents, and Board are very welcoming at Wolf River! I feel a genuine partnership with these people and the guidance of our heavenly father is certainly evident at WRLHS.
Dan Braun, Office Manager
I was raised in northwestern Wisconsin, in a parsonage, with my four siblings in a small town. I attended Concordia University Wisconsin with the majors of Pre-Seminary studies and Theological Languages. This was an important time in my life, where I grew in my faith exponentially, taught campers in the summer, made great friends, and found my wife. I still value my education and relationships that I received at that school. After that I attended one year of school at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Then, my family and I were offered a position in south Texas as missionaries to the oil fields. We gladly accepted and served there for a few years. I also served as a volunteer firefighter while serving the community as a spiritual guide. This ministry was the start of a new church in that area; thankfully, this church is still alive today. After our mission work in Texas, we relocated back to Wisconsin where I have been serving as a school substitute teacher for a couple of years. That is when the Lord led us to Wolf River Lutheran High School.
My favorite hobbies include: spending time with my family, woodworking, being outside, reading, and an occasional trip on the motorcycle.
Vivian Castro, Spanish Facilitator
I am excited to begin my 30th year of teaching at Wolf River Lutheran High School. Tim graduated from Sheboygan Lutheran High School and Concordia Seward in 1991 with a degree in Secondary Education, Math, and Chemistry. His first teaching position was at Kansas City Lutheran High School where he met his bride, Pam, the English teacher. They took a dual Call to Pam’s alma mater at Mayer Lutheran High School. They adopted 2 children while in MN; Nickoly, the oldest, just started his Automotive Technology program at Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis. Fayth will be a 3rd grader this year. Tim earned his Master's in Administration from Seward in 2008. The Bierbaums have been in Southern Illinois for 6 years where Tim was Called Math Teacher, Athletic Director, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Track Coach. I am thrilled to be back in the familiar climate and culture of Wisconsin to once again enjoy my hobbies of fishing and hunting. I am looking forward to fellowship with other Packer fans and more frequent visits to Kopps.
For the past 37 years I have answered God’s call to teach in Lutheran schools. I spent my first 32 years teaching at the middle school level, some in MN and the rest in WI, and the last five teaching at the high school level. I have been married to Julie for 37 years and have three grown children. Presently I have five grandchildren. I love sports, literature, gardening, and fishing. I have a passion for my Lord and count myself very lucky to be serving him at Wolf River Lutheran High School.
I graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul, with a BA. I have a major in education and a major in art. I have taken many graduate classes from multiple schools including: University of MN, Mankato State University (MN), UW Green Bay, St. Norbert College, Marian University, and Concordia University WI. Even though I do not hold a master’s degree, I have received more than 80 graduate credits from these different schools. I am a member at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Green Bay, WI where I serve as an Elder and worship leader.
Shellie Kosmerchock, Principal
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