Meet Our Staff

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

Ryan Randall has served in the WELS as a teacher 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.  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 Teaching.
Mr. Randall graduated in 2003 from Wisconsin Lutheran College 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 in 2016. 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 (10), Micaiah (9), Aliyah (8), Aubriana (6), and Marcus (5).

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.
Visit the 1-2nd Grade Class Website.

Mrs. Tracy Schuler serves as our School Secretary.  Please contact her at for items pertaining to the school.
Mrs. Brenda Berkenes serves as our Church Secretary. Please contact her at 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. 

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 (21), Jordan (20), Jacob (16), and Aaron (14). They enjoy the outdoors and the open road.
          Pastor Schuler can be contacted at


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).
Visit the 3rd and 4th Grade Class website

Mrs. Lisa Charlson serves as our Prekindergarten teacher and provides the Principal with administrative release time by teaching 7th- 8th 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. 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. Mrs. Charlson has been married for 26 years and is blessed with five children.
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

Mrs. Angela Randall serves as Salem's Extended Learning Instructor (EL). In this role she works with students to provide additional support to help them grow in their academic abilities.