Faculty

Mr. Benjamin Rank

Principal, Teacher (7th & 8th Grades)

I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Martin Luther College in 2001. In 2013 I received my Master’s Degree in School Leadership from Martin Luther College. I served as principal and teacher in Kiel, WI from 2001-2013. I have been serving as principal and teacher here at Eastside since 2013.

I have a beautiful wife, Tracy. We are blessed to have four amazing daughters. We like to go for walks, bike rides, and just being outdoors.

I am an avid sports fan. I am a die-hard Wisconsin Badger, Minnesota Viking, and Milwaukee Brewer fan. I enjoy playing basketball, softball, and golf. In addition to sports I enjoy reading and learning family history. I am a licensed WIAA basketball and volleyball official. I enjoy working high school basketball games especially at the varsity level.

I am excited to be at Eastside and use the gifts God has given me to lead the school into the years ahead.

Mrs. Alyssa Scharrer

Teacher (3K & 4K) – Early Childhood Director

As a young child my sister and I would often play school together. When I was in the second grade I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I had the privilege of attending High School at Luther Preparatory School and then graduated from Martin Luther College where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

I love spending time at the lake, cooking, gardening, and going on bike rides. The thing I enjoy the most is spending time with my family. My husband, Marty, and I have been married for thirteen amazing years. Our life together has been full of blessings, which includes our two awesome boys, Blake and Eli. Their curiosity and energy always keeps us busy!

I have been teaching for seven years and am in my third year of teaching here at Eastside Lutheran. I love having my boys attend the same school I teach at where we can learn about Jesus everyday! Watching the three and four-year-olds hear a bible story for the first time and share the good news with others is one of the most rewarding parts of my ministry at Eastside. I am excited to serve another year at Eastside and grow in my ministry.

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Ms. Marie Laich

Teacher (Kindergarten)

I graduated in 1990 from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. My love of learning led me to complete my Master’s Degree in Education in 2012. I am currently licensed in the state of Michigan.

My first call was to teach kindergarten-2nd at Immanuel in North Richland Hills, Texas. In 1996 the school expanded and called another full time teacher and I taught 3rd -5th grades until accepting the call to Divine Grace in 2000. At Divine Grace I had the opportunity to teach several different grades from Kindergarten through 5th but has focused mainly on Kindergarten through 2nd grade for 12 years and 1st – 4th grades the last two years.  I have been directing the hand bell choirs for the 5th – 8th grade students for 17 years.

I also led the adult hand bell choir, participated in choir, and have served on the circuit LWMS board. I am an avid runner and enjoy entering area races. I also like to cook and read.

I am excited to share my love of learning with the Kindergartners at Eastside.

Mrs. Emily Everhart

Teacher (1st Grade)

I grew up in Milwaukee and attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Being a Math tutor in High School led me to love teaching. I began my years at Martin Luther College with the desire to be a High School Math Teacher. From various teaching experiences the Lord led me to love teaching primary grade students. I especially love teaching Reading, Math, and Art.

I graduated from MLC in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in teaching. I was assigned to teach Kindergarten and First Grade at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Cannon Falls, MN. During my years there I added teaching 2nd Grade to my classroom and also taught K-8th Grade Art and Spanish. I served there nine years before being called to teach First Grade at Eastside.

I married my husband, Stuart, in 2012. Together we love to cheer on the Packers and hike with our dog, Rambo. I also love to draw and watch movies. Brain development and how it applies to learning has become an area I enjoy learning about.

I am blessed each day to help children know that they are uniquely created by our loving LORD and have the ability to learn academically, socially, and spiritually.

Mrs. Tracy Rank

Teacher (2nd Grade)

My name is Tracy Rank and I teach the second grade students at Eastside Lutheran School in Madison. I graduated from Martin Luther College in May of 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I have continued my education through Wisconsin Lutheran College by taking various education courses. I began my teaching ministry in 2001 at Trinity Lutheran in Kiel, WI where I taught kindergarten, first, and second grade. In 2013 my family moved to Eastside Lutheran in Madison where I currently teach second grade. I have been blessed to be married to Benjamin and we are blessed with four daughters. I love spending time with my family, reading, and playing and watching sports.

I believe that each child is a treasure from God that has been created with unique learning styles. It is my personal goal to help each child develop to his/her fullest academic potential through actively engaging lessons and exploration and lead the children to let their love for their Savior shine as we learn to serve others. This can only be achieved in a classroom that is full of love and motivation, encouragement, and joy in learning.

I enjoy teaching the children about their Savior and his love for us. I also enjoy teaching reading and science. I am a member of the International Literacy Association.

Mrs. Jenni Berg

Teacher (3rd Grade) – School Music Coordinator

My name is Jenni Berg, and I teach 3rd grade at here at Eastside. I grew up in Saukville, WI and attended grade school at Our Savior Lutheran in Grafton, WI. I played basketball and sang in choir from 3-8 grade. I attended Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, WI and played basketball and sang in choir all four years. (Are you sensing some of my “likes” here?) I then went on to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN and sang in the choir (but only played basketball for fun) all four years. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 2000 and then spent a few years at different schools teaching grades 1-4. I married Nathan Berg in July of 2001 and we moved 4 times in the following 3 years. Nathan was a Seminary student at the time. We finally settled into the Cataract/Black River Falls area of Wisconsin in 2004 when Nathan received his first call to Faith Lutheran Church. During the next 10 years I stayed at home raising our 4 wonderful children Emma, Chloe, Aidan, and Benjamin while also being the “go-to” music person at our church. I organized and played music for church, choir, and Sunday School. I also did in-home daycare and subbed at our nearby Lutheran elementary school. I worked as Mission Director at a Christian childcare run by St. John’s Lutheran Church in Barre Mills, WI until we moved to Madison in 2015. I now wear many hats each day being the 3rd grade teacher by day and Mom by night (with often overlapping hours). I enjoy going to my children’s sporting games and musical events, camping with my family, watching the Packers play…..and coffee, the sustainer of life. Okay, not really, but I do like coffee. I will rely on the Lord as my sustainer through this life. May He keep us all in His care and bless our work together at Eastside!

Mrs. Beth Schmiege

Teacher (4th Grade) – Music

I was born in Saginaw, Michigan into a family of clergymen and teachers. My family moved to Milwaukee when I was very young, and so I consider myself a Wisconsinite. In Milwaukee I attended Mount Lebanon Lutheran School and Wisconsin Lutheran High School. I continued my education at Martin Luther College (then Dr. Martin Luther College) in New Ulm, MN. I graduated and was assigned to teach at St. John’s Lutheran School in Lannon, Wisconsin where I taught for four years.

When I married our family moved to Keystone Heights, Florida, where we lived for eight years. We were blessed with six children, all of whom, when we returned to Wisconsin, attended Eastside Lutheran School. I consider it a privilege and honor to be teaching here with some of the same teachers who were a blessing to my children.

I hope that all Eastside families also find Christian education to be a blessing and well worth the love, care, and effort that it takes to bring their children to hear of Jesus their Savior every day.

Miss Rachel Struck

Teacher (5th Grade)

Rachel was born and raised in Oakley, Michigan. She attended school at Christ Lutheran School for grade school years, Michigan Lutheran Seminary for high school, and Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota for college. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in December 2010, she received her call to serve at Eastside Lutheran Church and School in May 2011 as the Kindergarten Teacher. In 2014, her call was expanded to include the role of Early Childhood Director.

In her free time she enjoys visiting her family, traveling, reading, especially history books, and playing sports.

Mrs. Anne Heller

Teacher (6th Grade) – Deaconess

Let me introduce myself, I‘m Mrs. Heller the sixth grade teacher. I’ll tell you a little of my background. I was born to an English Mom and an American Father. During my growing up years I lived in Milwaukee where I attended Mt. Lebanon Lutheran Grade School and Wisconsin Lutheran High School. I graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm , Minnesota which is our training school for the teaching ministry. Upon graduation I served at St. John-St. James in Reedsville, Wisconsin, then at St. John’s in Newtonburg, Wisconsin, and presently here at Eastside Lutheran. In addition to my teaching call, I also serve as Deaconess where I minister to congregation members in a variety of facets. My family consists of my husband Allen, my two children, and my son-in-law. I am a lover of animals of which I have six and I also sport a motorcycle which I love driving. May the Lord bless and keep you.

Mr. Kip Wilson

Teacher (4th, 7th, & 8th Grades) – Athletic Director

In 1997, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. Currently, I have a Minnesota state teaching license (2019), a Colorado state teaching license (2020), and a Master’s of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in leadership from Martin Luther College (2012).   I love learning about new educational philosophies, teaching strategies, and current educational trends. Continual professional development is very important to me.

When I am not involved in school activities, I love to spend time with my family. My family consists of three girls: Kendra, Ava, and Karina and my wife, Sarah. We enjoy playing outdoor games or spending time outdoors. Our family likes to go biking on trails. Most sports are recreation for me, especially those with exercise. I love to cook and to continue learning more about it.  I also enjoy officiating basketball for 24 years and soccer for 14 years.

I love school activities with students/players and give my life to my Lord in any way possible to say thank you to Him. I am looking forward to serving Eastside Lutheran School this year and meeting many new kids in school through my classroom or coaching sports!