5th Grade – Mr. Falck, Mrs. Biesterfeld, Mr. Sievert
Mr. Jeffrey Falck grew up in Tomah, Wisconsin and is the son of retired Pastor Daniel and Judy Falck. He is one of four children – 2 sisters and one brother. After attending Lutheran Elementary schools through 8th grade, he attended Luther High School in Onalaska, Wisconsin before finishing at Martin Luther Prep School in Prairie du Chien. Mr. Falck received his undergraduate degree in education and Social Studies from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. He has also earned a Masters degree in educational leadership from Martin Luther College.
Mr. Falck has taught a variety of grade combinations in grades 4-8 at schools in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Colorado. He brings 18 years of teaching experience and 12 years of administrative experience to Illinois Lutheran and is excited to work with the families of Illinois Lutheran.
Mr. Falck is married to Karena and has four children: Ava, Brady, Ida, and Max. He enjoys music (especially playing the organ for worship) and college football. He also enjoys traveling the country with his family and exploring new places.
Mrs. Laura Biesterfeld is from Minnesota and graduated from Doctor Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Mrs. Biesterfeld began teaching at Illinois Lutheran in 1998. She teaches 5th grade math and is the 6th grade homeroom teacher.
When asked what she enjoys most about teaching, she said, ” I love seeing the ‘lightbulb’ when kids understand something they’ve been working towards.”
When not at school she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family. Mrs. Biesterfeld and her husband have four children.
Mr. Scott Sievert is a 1983 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. He has been a principal for over 30 years. As a servant-leader, he encourages the faculty members to grow in their educational techniques and professionalism while also growing their faith and service to the Lord.
Mr. Sievert says, “I am honored to serve here. As we share God’s Word with our students and families, I am inspired by God’s grace. I am amazed how each of us grows in our personal faith as we hear and learn God’s Word.”