Mentor in Christ
Julie Perez Avila - Martin Luther High School

I am a 1985 graduate of Martin Luther. I have very fond memories of that school, and I know that when I went on to college, I felt very prepared for the rigors of those classes. This is why I chose to send my daughter, Grace Marie Kochiss, to the school as well. Although it has been a bit of a hardship financially, my husband and I feel that the education and religious environment far outweigh the financial strain that we sometimes feel.

I felt compelled to write this letter to you, because I need to share with you my thoughts about a particular teacher at Martin Luther High School: Mr. Paul Doerr (theology). You may know Mr. Doerr, but I want you to know what a parent thinks of him as well.

From the moment I first met him, I couldn’t help but like this man. His religious convictions, his kindness, and the giving nature of this man just radiates from him. Mr. Doerr has been an inspiration and a true mentor to my daughter: always willing to listen and make time to chat with Grace, and advise her when needed. I could not be any more grateful that she has had him as a teacher. He is a person neither Grace nor I will ever forget. I can’t think of a greater compliment to a teacher.

I have tried to think of a way to repay him for what he has done and meant to my daughter, and I simply can’t think of anything that would be enough to show how truly thankful for him I am; how thankful I am that Martin Luther has a teacher like him (and I know there are many dedicated and hardworking teachers there — too many to even mention). This is why I am writing to you — I want him to be recognized by the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee (LHSAGM) as a teacher of outstanding character and quality, and for him to know that there are parents like myself who deeply appreciate all his efforts and hard work.