Mrs. Posda grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, and is an avid Vikings fan. She has been working with the early childhood population since graduating with a B.A. in English Elementary Education in 1989, from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. She is definitely living her dream by teaching Kindergarten, which she has been doing at CLS since 2005.
Mrs. Posda and her husband, Dan, who is from Stanley, Wisconsin, have been married since 2001, and have a 22 pound cat named Midnight, and 2 very normal sized cats, named Tango and Mango.
She tries to live out Micah 6:8 “and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Mrs. Teal Polzin grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and currently calls Cadott home with her husband, Leonard and their son, Lloyd.
As a young girl, Mrs. Polzin always chose to be the teacher when playing school with friends and would plan and teach lessons. She even had her very own grading and lesson planning book! As she grew, so did her interest in teaching.
She believes in creating safe spaces for children where they can play, learn and grow through Christ. Her interest in positive youth development led her towards completing a B.S. in Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her goal is to have each student feel welcome and supported in her classroom. She knows everyone has individual needs and emotions, and strives to meet them where they are at to create a positive future through faith based education.
Favorite Scripture: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
“It is my passion to build long lasting relationships with my students, to help them grow in their faith, to teach in a manner that will guide them, challenge them, and encourage them to do their best, and instill a love for learning that will follow them long after they leave our school.”
Ms. Hayes grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, has one son named Dustin, a lovely daughter in law and three precious grandchildren. Ms. Hayes attended the University of Wisconsin, Stout where she received a B.S. in Child Development and Family Life. After graduating in 1988 she worked in the child care center at the Chippewa Valley YMCA for 10 years. God opened up a teaching job at Christ Lutheran School in 1998 and she has been here ever since with the exception of taking one year off. In addition to her years of teaching at Christ Lutheran School she has also taught Sunday School and been an Awana Leader. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, going to plays, walking and learning new things.
Ms. Hayes loves teaching. Her classroom is truly a place of learning where students are taught using a variety of methods and encouraged to act in a manner that is pleasing to God.
Her Favorite Scripture:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Third & Fourth Grades
Third & Fourth Grades
“I can’t imagine doing anything else in life that would better fulfill my purpose on earth.”
Mrs. Ward grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a loving Christian home. She married Rich Ward on August 2, 1980, and began her teaching career in Cornell, Wisconsin. Mrs. Ward has three children and four grandchildren, whom she loves to spend time with. She enjoys reading, running, walking with friends, and boating.
Mrs. Ward taught students with learning and behavior difficulties for nine years at Cornell High School, and one year of third grade at Cornell Elementary School. After teaching in Cornell for ten years, she was hired to teach learning disabled students at Chippewa Falls High School and taught there for five years. Mrs. Ward taught within the Chippewa Falls Public School System for the past 26 years.
She taught elementary, middle, and high school students in every grade except Kindergarten and second grade. She had spent twelve years as a fourth grade teacher at Hillcrest Elementary before coming to Christ Lutheran School.
Mrs. Ward retired from the public school system in June 2016, after 36 years of teaching, and felt that the Lord called her to teach at Christ Lutheran School. She is thrilled to be able to teach the Bible to children and pour into them the love of Jesus.
Her Favorite Scripture:
"Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." -Isaiah 40:30-31
Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Grades
“There is nothing better than to see the “ah-ha” moments when a student learns something new. It brings me great joy to watch them grow in all areas. I consider teaching at Christ Lutheran School a privilege.”
Mrs. Johnson was born in Chippewa Falls, but grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. A job transfer for her husband, Ric, landed them back in the Chippewa Valley in 2003. They have three adult children, Alaina, Rebecca and Nicole.
Mrs. Johnson’s passion for teaching started when her oldest daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. She went back to school to learn all that she could about how to assist students with dyslexia and realized her love for teaching.
Mrs. Johnson substitute taught in the Cadott and Chippewa Falls School districts before being hired in the Chippewa Falls School District. She has also worked for Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP) as a line therapist for children with autism. Additionally, she has been an adult education trainer for United Health Care. Mrs. Johnson started at Christ Lutheran School in March of 2016.
In her spare time, she loves to sing at her church, crochet and quilt. She enjoys building furniture and completing remodeling projects with her husband.
Her Favorite Scripture: “In my distress I called to the Lord; He answered me and set me free.” - Psalm 118:5
“This scripture reminds me of God's faithfulness and love. It helps me to remember that our hope lies with Him, and not the things of this world.”
Third, Fourth, and Sixth Grades
Third, Fourth, and Sixth Grades
"I was the 6th grade Teacher’s Assistant last year and I am excited to be your student’s teacher this year. I plan on teaching each child to understand the concepts that we are learning to the best of their potential. I know that every child doesn’t learn the same as everyone else, and I hope to be able to teach them in a way that makes sense to them. So, if you hear music/singing, or laughing, please don’t think I am taking their education lightly! I am not. Some things that they will be taught this year are hard to grasp! Laughter and music/singing are easy ways to lighten the mood. Thank you for enrolling your child here at Christ Lutheran School, you won’t be disappointed.
I was born in Madison, WI. I went to a Christian school Kindergarten through 2nd grade, then home schooled 3rd through 6th grade. We then moved to Bloomer, where I finished off my school years, at the public school.
My children range from 19 years to 8 years old. My oldest, Lexi, went to CLS 2nd grade through 4th, my son Ricky, Kindergarten through 3rd from 2005-2009. We took a break having kids, til we had Zack in 2007. Zack has gone to Kindergarten to current 6th grade here at CLS, and finally Brady, Kindergarten to current 3rd grade, also here.
I have been a part of this school collectively for 11 year now. I started the Silent Auction Event here in 2005, and I am awed at how it has evolved into what it is now, due to other’s visions. I am part of the auction committee also. I have subbed for multiple teachers throughout the years here at CLS. I have also been the PTO Treasurer for many years. My family has been blessed by this school, and I am excited to continue to be a part of it.
I am the site coordinator for Ruby’s Pantry, a mobile food pantry, at our church, Chippewa Valley Bible Church, and coordinate our annual Youth Missions Thrift Sale there too. I will also be involved in our new Wednesday Night Kid’s program Kid’s Blast.
Some of my hobbies are rock painting, reading, hiking, and thrift sale shopping for deals.