Meet Our Staff

Our Principal is Mr. Ryan Randall.  Mr. Randall also serves as our 7th and 8th grade teacher.

Ryan Randall has served as a teacher for the since 2004. Mr. Randall served as Salem's 7th and 8th grade teacher and Athletic Director before accepting the call to serve as Principal in 2018. Before accpeting the call to Salem, Mr. Randall served at Saint Lucas in Milwaukee, WI. While at Saint Lucas, Mr. Randall served as the Middle School Math Instructor and Director of Technology. While in Milwaukee, Mr. Randall also served for 11 years as an assistant coach for the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team, as well as an Instructional Coach for the Center for Urban Teachin
Mr. Randall graduated in 2003 from Wisconsin Lutheran College (located in Milwaukee, WI) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in coaching.  In 2010 Mr. Randall received his synodical certification from Martin Luther College. He has also received his Instructional Coaching Certification from WLC and achieved his Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in High Performance Instruction from WLC. 
Mr. Randall's wife Angela graduated from Bethel University with a degree in elementary education and serves as the RTI Teacher at Salem. The Lord has blessed them with 5 beautiful children, Keagan (8), Micaiah (7), Aliyah (6), Aubriana (4), and Marcus (2). 


rrandall@salemwels.org
Visit the 7-8th Grade Class Website

 

Mr. Eric Hahn is as our 5th and 6th grade teacher and Athletic Director. 
Before receiving the call to Salem, Mr. Hahn served at California Lutheran High School in Wildomar, California. At California Lutheran High School, Mr. Hahn served as a dorm supervisor and taught various subjects through the 9-12 grades. Throughout his three years at CLHS, he served as the Assistant Athletic Director and coached football, soccer, track and softball. 
Mr. Hahn graduated with a double major in Elementary and Physical Education from Martin Luther College in 2015. He will be entering his fourth year of teaching as he starts at Salem. Mr. Hahn is very excited to experience all of the great things Salem and Minnesota have to offer! 

     

ehahn@salemwels.org
Visit the 5-6th Grade Class Website.

Mrs. Merry Leerssen is our teacher for Grades 1 and 2.

She grew up in Wood Lake, MN. After graduating from Martin Luther Academy in 1979, she attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, from which she graduated in 1983. Her first teaching assignment was to teach 1st grade at St. John’s in Baraboo, WI. The following year, she filled the 3rd Grade teacher position and continued teaching 3rd grade for 6 more years. In 1990, she married her husband Dennis and moved to a farm between Rockford and Buffalo. Since then they have been busy raising their 3 children. She began her call at Salem in 2006.

mleerssen@salemwels.org
Visit the 1-2nd Grade Class Website.

Mrs. Tracy Schuler serves as our School Secretary.  Please contact her at school@salemwels.org for items pertaining to the school.
Mrs. Brenda Berkenes serves as our Church Secretary. Please contact her at church@salemwels.org for items pertaining to the church.
Mrs. Lanita Farstad serves the families of Salem by offering private piano lessons that can be scheduled before, during, or after the school day. 
Mrs. Angela Randall serves as Salem's Response to Intervention (RTI). In this role she works with students to provide additional support to help them thrive. 

Pastor Paul Schuler serves as a spiritual shepherd of our congregation. 
  Pastor Schuler attended Northwestern Prepratory School to begin preparation for the public ministry. He continued his education at Northwestern College (which later amalgamated with DMLC to form Martin Luther College), and finished his training in 1998 with a Masters of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. 
      Pastor Schuler's first call was to Mountain View Lutheran Church in Great Falls, Montana. After serving there he accepted a call to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Appleton, WI where he served until accepting the call to Salem in September of 2015.
       He loves serving as a mentor and coach for other Pastors. This passion has led him to serve our Synod's Seminary on the Lead Team of the Pastor Partners Mentoring Program. He is also an active member of the Crosstrain Coaching Network which supports and encourages spiritual resiliency. 
       God has blessed Pastor Schuler and his wife Tracy with four children, Andrew (19), Jordan (18), Jacob (14), and Aaron (12). They enjoy the outdoors and the open road.
          Pastor Schuler can be contacted at pastorschuler@salemwels.org

 
 

Pastor Paul Kuehn serves as a spiritual shepherd of our congregation. 
          Pastor Kuehn grew up in Neenah, WI and attended Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, WI, graduating in the year 2000.  From there he continued on to Martin Luther College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, graduating with a Masters of Divinity. 
          Pastor Kuehn's first call was to Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Austin, TX.  He served there from 2008 until the end of 2013.  At the beginning of 2014, he began serving at Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shawano, WI until accepting the call to Salem in April of 2018. 
          God has blessed Pastor Kuehn and his wife Danielle with four children, Katarina (9), Max (6), Avalyn (4), and Axel (9 months). As a family they enjoy taking trips together, watching movies, and playing board games.
          Pastor Kuehn can be contacted at pastorkuehn@salemwels.org.


 

Mrs. Jodi Brandel M. Ed. is our teacher for Grades 3 and 4.

In 2002, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. She also earned a teaching license from the state of Minnesota. In 2005, she graduated with a Master in Education degree from the University of MN. She has had the opportunity to travel and teach in Thailand as well as write online undergraduate courses. She has 13 years of experience teaching in grades ranging from Kindergarten through 4th. She has taught at St. John’s Lutheran School in NE Minneapolis, Pilgrim Lutheran School in Minneapolis, Ascension Lutheran School in Plymouth, MN and Salem Lutheran School.
Mrs. Brandel is also an organist, pianist, and enjoys running and playing volleyball. Mrs. Brandel and her husband, Lee, have a daughter (6) and son (4).

jbrandel@salemwels.org
Visit the 3rd and 4th Grade Class website

Mrs. Rachel Berger is our teacher for Kindergarten.

Rachel earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education degree from Martin Luther College in 2014.  This year will be her fourth year teaching.  In 2014 she married her husband, Colton Berger.  Some of her hobbies are singing, playing board games, playing fetch with her dogs, and teaching.
"God has blessed me with this opportunity to teach.  I am excited to use the talents and gifts God has given me with Kindergarten.  Praise be to him who gives us strength."

rberger@salemwels.org
Visit Kindergarten website.

Mrs. Lisa Charlson serves as our Prekindergarten teacher and provides the Principal with administrative release time by teaching 5th-6th grade. She graduated from Bethany Lutheran College in 1991 with an Associates of Arts degree and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies with a 7-12th grade licensure from St. Cloud State University in 1994. Mrs. Charlson taught in an Independent Study Program as a social studies teacher for high school students for six years and a junior high school homebound teacher for 2 years. In recent years she has been a substitute teacher for students in preschool through high school. She has served Salem as an aide in the Pre-K and 1st-2nd grade rooms. Currently, she is continuing her education toward an early childhood and synod certification. 

Mrs. Charlson has been married for 25 years and is blessed with five children.

lcharlson@salemwels.org
Visit the Pre-K class website

Mrs. Rebekah Bohlmann serves as our morning 4th Grade Teacher. 
Mrs. Bohlmann graduated from Martin Luther College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Her first call was to Star of Bethlehem in Jackson, WI where she taught 3rd Grade. Mrs. Bohlmann is an alumnus of Salem Lutheran School and West Lutheran High School.

Mrs. Bohlmann's husband, Seth, also attended MLC. They have one son, Gideon

 

rbohlmann@salemwels.org