Upper Grade Teacher 5th-8th Grades (Physical Ed, Art, History, Literature)

Mr. Chris Poetter

Email: cpoetter@holycrossmadison.org

Mr. Chris Poetter begins his 31st teaching ministry as a principal and upper grade teacher here at Holy Cross Lutheran School. He and his wife, Ann, have 6 children and 5 grandchildren.

My teaching philosophy:

I believe that teachers have huge responsibilities in teaching our young students in the area of the mind, the body and also for the soul. 

My favorite Bible verse:

Philippians 4:13, "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

Why consider a Holy Cross education:

Holy Cross Lutheran School assists parents in raising their child/children by using God's Word through every subject area.


Mr. Joel Koschnitzke

Email: jkoschnitzke@holycrossmadison.org

Mr. Koschnitzke begins his 4th year in the teaching ministry at Holy Cross. While being the 7-8th grade homeroom teacher, he also serves as Athletic Director here at school. Mr. Koschnitzke's wife Rachel Koschnitzke, is the Director of Kid's Crossing (our Early Learning Center) and their son, Cameron, also attends Kid's Crossing. It is very rewarding to be able to work with his wife and see their son grow up and grow in the knowledge of his Savior. 

My teaching philosophy:

My teaching philosophy is to build relationships with my students that are rooted in Christ's love. To show them that they are unique, blood bought souls of Christ and how wonderful it is to go out into the world and share that saving message with everyone! I also love to incorporate technology into the classroom. We are almost a 1:1 school, meaning that every kid has their own Chromebook. In the upper grades, I love to use technology to enhance my lessons, not replace them. 

My favorite Bible verse:

Matthew 6:33-34 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

Why consider a Holy Cross education:

Holy Cross is a special place where our values and objectives are much deeper than letter grades. We look to nurture students as they walk hand in hand with Christ! A relationship that will last them an eternity!

7th and 8th Grades 2019-2020 School Supply List

Our Seventh and Eighth Grade objectives are:

  • Teach our children the truths of God’s Word, preparing them for the challenges and tests they will encounter as they graduate and move on to high school
  • Lead them to grow in all core academic subject areas
  • Graduate students who are prepared and qualified for success at the secondary level and beyond
  • See them all in heaven!

Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School
734 Holy Cross Way
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-249-3101 
Email: frontoffice@holycrossmadison.org