2017 Elementary Lutheran Teacher of the Year1 min read

Mrs. Beth Krause has been teaching for forty-one years in Lutheran schools. The last twenty-one years she has taught at Our Savior Lutheran in Lansing. Mrs. Krause is the Michigan District 2017 Elementary School Teacher of the Year. John Connor, a parent at Our Savior, said, “I’d say I’ve not met many people who have the ability to hold the teachings of God in one hand, and be able to firmly and gently place those teachings in the open palm of a child.”

Matt Couser, principal at Our Savior, said, “Mrs. Krause is the one our staff wants to emulate when it comes to the faith development and academic progress of their students! She develops students in prayer, worship, song, and discipline. She shares the love of Jesus in words and actions.”

Mrs. Krause was one of the first teachers to take her students to the senior adult Bible class where they would sing about Jesus and witness their faith. Her students often make cards and interact with the adults in this midweek Bible class. Krause is a student council advisor, directs the grades 2-3 choir, and a mentor teacher in addition to her teaching responsibilities. Krause is committed to lifelong learning and being actively involved with parents and our community. She is a terrific example of the influence Lutheran teachers have in the education ministry of congregations. Krause will receive a sculpture of Christ the Servant and $500 to be used for her classroom as a result of this District recognition. Krause will be retiring from the teaching ministry this summer. We join the body of Christ at Our Savior in thanking God for His presence throughout her teaching career.

Photo courtesy of Our Savior, Lansing

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Dr. Bruce Braun, emeritus, served many years as Superintendent of Schools for the Michigan District, LCMS.

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