Mrs. Mara Gerndt

Fifth Grade Teacher

Favorite Bible Verse:

“She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

I grew up in the small town of Blair, Wisconsin. My life revolved around sports growing up, where I played basketball, softball, and ran cross country. I have continued to play slow-pitch softball in the summers for the past 7 years. I graduated from UW-La Crosse with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Social Studies. I spent my first two years teaching second grade in Whitehall, Wisconsin. In 2022, I moved to Wisconsin Rapids and taught second grade at an elementary school in town.

My husband and I love to hike, and we have hiked at all 49 of the Wisconsin State Parks and are now traveling to all of the National Parks! I’m a huge Brewers, Badgers, and Packers fan as well!

The school’s theme this year is “Connected” (John 15:5). Share a time in your life when you saw the importance of being connected to Jesus.

My dad needed a lung transplant in 2017. My family and many people from the community were praying for my dad. Eight hours after he got on the transplant list, he got the call that a lung was ready for him. The doctors told us this was the shortest time someone had ever been on the list. I know it wasn’t just a fluke; it was the prayers and connections to God that made it all possible. They said they usually don’t give lung transplants to people of my dad’s age, but the surgery was successful. He is going strong 6+ years post-transplant!

Which phone app do you use the most and why?

I use Facebook the most because I love being able to connect with my friends and family and see what’s going on in their life and share about my life too!

Hometown: Blair, WI
Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Minor: Social Studies