Congratulations to Erik Malm and Katrina Schroeder for being named the 2024 Lutheran Education Association Distinguished Honorees! Your dedication and commitment to Lutheran education are truly commendable.

Katrina Schroeder is the 2024 LEA’s Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher, and Erik Malm is the 2024 LEA’s Distinguished Lutheran Secondary Educator.

Katrina Schroeder

Second-Grade Teacher at Mt. Calvary Lutheran School

Schroeder was selected to receive Lutheran Education Association’s 2024 Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher Award.

A 19-year veteran in Lutheran education, Schroeder is a second-grade teacher at Mt. Calvary Lutheran School, Milwaukee, Wis. She has served at Mt. Calvary for her entire ministry. She earned a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Reading Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, Mequon. Among previous honors, Schroeder received the Southern Wisconsin District Early Childhood Teacher of the Year (2017) and the Herb Kohl Teach Fellowship Award (2017).

Schroeder said, “My greatest joy is developing plans to allow all of my students to show growth and experience success. I enjoy researching and implementing new strategies and techniques to help meet the unique needs of each of my students. Seeing the joy and excitement on my students’ faces when they feel successful fills my heart with joy and gratitude for the opportunity God has given me to teach His children.

Erik Malm

Business and Religion Teacher and Coach at Lake Country Lutheran High School

Malm was selected to receive Lutheran Education Association’s 2024 Distinguished Lutheran Secondary Educator Award.

A 22-year veteran in Lutheran education, Malm teaches and coaches at Lake Country Lutheran High School, in Hartland Wis. He earned a B.A. in education (secondary and business education) from Concordia University Wisconsin as well as a Masters in Educational Administration from the same institution.

In response to asking about his greatest joys, Malm said, “Discipleship of students.  I believe our vocation is to wash their feet.  There are many ways we do this based on our individual gifts, passions, personality, and temperament.  My joy comes from being present and available in their lives both in class, hallways, and their extracurricular areas of their interests.  My motivation comes from always being prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have in your heart and to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ both in season and out of season.  This can be done directly through conversation or indirectly through way of life.”

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