Staff & Classroom Information

Meet the St. John’s Lutheran School

Staff Members


Mrs. Kay Koenitzer, Principal
(920) 387-4310

I am honored to serve St. John’s Lutheran School as their principal. I have lived in Mayville and taught Preschool through Grades 5 in the Lutheran School system for 28 years. I have been married to my husband, Bill, for 38 years. We have two children, Will (wife Katie) and Tiffany, and three grandchildren, Courtney, Cole, and Kaitlyn. I received my B.S. in Education at University of WI-La Crosse. I love to walk, swim, read and spend time with family and friends at our cottage Upnorth. I am excited that God has provided SJLS with a fantastic and energetic staff, students and parents. I look forward to an awesome school year.  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Mrs. Laurie Benter, Administrative Assistant
(920) 387-4310

I am a life long resident of Mayville.  I am married to Gary and have two grown daughters, Melissa (Mel) Benter, who teaches at Grace Lutheran in Menomonee Falls, and Katie, an occupational therapist who lives in the Indianapolis, IN area.  Katie and her husband Matt have blessed us with two granddaughters  Addison and Lilly!    In our spare time Gary and I enjoy spending time gardening, trips to Indiana to see Addison and Lilly, and at the family cottage on the Chippewa Flowage near Hayward, Wisconsin.

Hamre, Scott

Mr. Scott Hamre, 7th-8th Grade
(920) 387-4310

Luke 14:27- “And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”

I was born in Mineral Wells, TX, but grew up all over as an Army brat, since my father was a helicopter pilot. I moved nine times before the age of fifteen and have moved five times since age eighteen. I was blessed to be able to live and visit different areas of the states and Europe. I feel these experiences help me to bring a unique perspective to the classroom. I was confirmed at Dreifaltigkeitskirsche at Worms am Rhein in Germany. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History and Physical Education along with Coaching Endorsement from Concordia-Nebraska and my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia-Texas. I met my wife Rachael at CUNE. Our teaching ministry has brought us to St. Louis-MO, Walburg-TX, Newkirk-OK and to Mayville-WI. I am blessed to be back in Lutheran school ministry after spending seven years in the business world. I believe Lutheran schools are the best opportunity available for education and are in a prime position to explode in growth in developing Christian servants and leaders. I have 3 daughters (kindergarten, 2nd & 4th grade) who attend St. John’s. I enjoy small group Bible study, adventures with my family, coaching my girls’ soccer and basketball teams, camping, pheasant and deer hunting, fishing, family road trips, BBQ cooking and competitions and following my Texas sports teams: the Longhorns, Cowboys, Rangers, Stars and Mavericks (and the UW Badgers hockey team). I am thankful and blessed to be a part of St. John’s-Mayville.


Travis, Melissa

 Mrs. Melissa Travis, 6th Grade
(920) 387-4310
Hello!  I feel so blessed to be teaching at St. John’s in Mayville.  I believe that God has brought me to this school for His purpose.  So a little about me…I grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  I graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Community Health Education and added my elementary teaching license at Buena Vista University.  This will be my 14th school year teaching middle school science!   I have also done some grant work in the School District of Horicon.  I love spending my time with my family as I am often attending sporting events, show choir competitions, and concerts for my three children. Cole is a sophomore, Connor is an 8th grader, and Claire is a 4th grader.  They keep me very busy!  In my free time, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, fishing, going for walks, and watching movies.  My favorite Bible verse is Titus 3:1 “Be ready to do whatever is good.”  I let that verse guide my life.



Mrs. Tammy Bushke,5th Grade
(920) 387-4310

I  was born and raised in Mayville. I attended the University of WI-Stevens Point and graduated with a degree in elementary education with an emphasis in coaching, reading and language arts. I received my Master’s Degree in reading which certified me to teach reading in grades K-12. I have taught 3rd grade – 8th grade both here at St. John’s Mayville and Wausau Middle School.  I have over 20 years of teaching experience in everything from ESL and alternative education to reading and writing. I am privileged to be at St. John’s now teaching in the middle school and serving as the school librarian. I am currently the 5th grade homeroom teacher. My husband Burt and I have a wonderfully busy life together with our three children ages 22, 19 & 12. My favorite song is What Faith Can Do by Kutless. It is an amazing song that is both powerful and uplifting and reminds us that if we keep believing miracles can happen.
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Mrs. Jamie Schwoch, 4th Grade
(920) 387-4310

I was raised here in Mayville, Wisconsin and attended grade school right here at St. John’s Lutheran School.  I am a graduate of U.W. Whitewater and later completed my colloquy from CUE net Concordia.  I became the fourth grade teacher at St. John’s in 2001.  I feel truly blessed to be called by my home congregation.  I also enjoy leading an energetic Student Council that is always willing to serve our Lord, school, and community.  My husband, Jamie, (yes, same first name) and I have been blessed with two children, Braeden and Ellie. One of my favorite bible verses if Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I am looking forward to teaching my 17th class at St. John’s this year!

Mrs. Faye Hazelberg, 3rd Grade
(920) 387-4310

I graduated from Concordia University Mequon with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  I had the privilege of student teaching 1st grade here at St. John’s Lutheran School in 1994 and in 1995 I was hired to teach 5th grade.  I have been teaching 3rd grade at St. John’s since 1999.  I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, and outdoor activities.  My husband Ted and I have been blessed with two wonderful children who are now both in high school!  Ted is a 5th grade teacher at Mayville Middle School.  My confirmation verse is very special to me: “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life.”  Rev. 2:10.

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Schraufnagel, Jeana

Mrs. Jeana Schraufnagel, 2nd Grade
(920) 387-4310

After ten years of teaching Kindergarten here at St. John’s, I am blessed to be able to move to second grade.  I am excited to see how much the students have grown since I had them in Kindergarten!  It will be an exciting year to learn and grow WITH second grade!I graduated from Marian University in 2003 with a Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  God blessed my husband, Aaron, and I with our sons Keegan and Levi. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.– Proverbs 3:5-6
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Mr. Douglas Mageski, 1st Grade
(920) 387-4310

It is a blessing to be called back to serve at this very tight-knit school.  My experiences with this school have renewed my faith and desire to continue the work of the Holy Spirit by sharing the Gospel with all His children and having the privilege of overseeing the development of my students’ mind, body, and spirit.  I currently live in the beautiful town of Germantown with my wife, Chelsey Mageski, my three beautiful children; Elijah, who is 5 years old, Aubree, who is 3 years old, and Sophia, who is 18 months old, and our dog Socks.  I graduated December of 2013 Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University Wisconsin and quickly started teaching 4th grade at Green Tree Elementary School in West Bend, WI.  This will be my fourth year at St. Johns.  My wife works as a hospice nurse with Seasons Hospice in West Allis.   In our free time we love to go fishing, spend time hiking, visit the zoo, and cheer on our local Lakeshore Chinooks baseball team.  I also have
to admit that my household cheers for the Vikings on Sundays!

“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity and dignity.”  Titus 2:7

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 Hamre, Rachael

Mrs. Rachael, Kindergarten
(920) 387-4310

After a delightful first year teaching kindergarten at St. John’s, I am blessed to serve a second year. I am a graduate of Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska. While I was actually born in Seward, I mostly grew up in an underground house on a farm in northern Oklahoma. I have taught every age from PK through twelfth grade over my years of teaching in St. Louis, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The move to Mayville has brought me full-circle back to Wisconsin, as I did my student teaching once upon a time at Martin Luther High School. My husband is Scott, the St. John’s eighth grade teacher. We have three children who attend St. John’s, Greta, Lottie, and Karryn. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 is my favorite Bible passage.
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Mrs. Candace Fink, 4K
(920) 387-4310

My name is Mrs. Candace Fink. I am very excited to be teaching 4K at St. John’s. I am a graduate of Marian College, Fond du Lac with my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Elementary Education. Prior to that, I earned my Associates Degree in Early Childhood/ Early Elementary from Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI.  I married my husband Rick in 2008. God blessed us with twin boys, Micah and Isaac, in August of 2014. We are expecting our 3rd child in December of 2017. I love to teach and work with children to help them “Reach for the Stars.”  I am very grateful how the Lord has guided my path to bring me to St. John’s. I am very excited to be at St. John’s. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11-13.


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Krueger, Brooke

Mrs. Brooke Krueger, 4K Aide

(920) 387-4310

I am so excited and feel so blessed to be part of the St. John’s Family, not only as a parent, but now as the 4K Teacher Aide!  I am originally from Arizona.  My husband, Paul and I have been truly blessed with 3 awesome kiddos, Sam, Olivia & Emily!  I have worked with children since 2009, whether it was teaching Sunday school, working in childcare or teaching preschool.  I enjoy working with children and helping them excel to the best of their ability.  One of my favorite verses from the Bible is, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3: 5-6




Ms. Kristy Zahn, 3K/Day Care Director

(920) 387-3929

I am excited to start my second year as the 3 year old prek teacher.






Mrs. Anna Ebner, Spanish/Athletic Director


I have lived in Wisconsin my whole life, and moved to Horicon in 2004. I have had a lot of experiences in my life, which include a 6-month internship at Walt Disney World(Florida); 6 months studying in Seville, Spain, which included several weekend trips throughout Europe and Africa; and a travel program that involved a three-week excursion in China.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Spanish from UW-Whitewater (UWW), a Master’s Degree in International Business from UWW, and I am currently pursuing my Graduate Certificate in Translation at UW-Milwaukee.

I have my wonderful husband, Jeff; step-son McLaine; and son Drake. McLaine attended St. John’s until he graduated, and Drake is currently attending St. Johns.  Together we like to hunt, fish, go for bike rides, and play sports such as basketball and baseball.

Proverbs 12:25 (ESV) “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”