Venessa Gronski, special education teacher

Favorite Bible Verse:
Psalm 91: 1-2  Whoever dwells in the shadow of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.

I was born and raised in Nekoosa, with my younger brother, and I continue to live there with my husband and two children (Brenna and Josiah). Post high school, I attended the University of  Wisconsin - Stevens Point, receiving a bachelor's degree in Special Education, with specific emphasis in Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional-Behavioral Disorders.  I also earned a master's degree in Curriculum Design and Assessment from Olivet Nazarene University, Illinois.  I have been teaching for 26 years, with the last 20 years' experience at a school in a neighboring community.  In following God's plan to make a change in my life, I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Immanuel family this year!  I love that the love of God, and the salvation message, is infused in all that Immanuel does, while holding very high academic standards.  Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, extended family, and friends.  I also enjoy traveling, visiting historical sites, biking, being outdoors, and playing the piano/singing on our worship team at church.

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. 

Within the first three years of marriage, my husband and I encountered EVERY scenario that was covered in our premarital counseling: unemployment, disabling illness, loss, infertility, major disappointment and hurts, and more! It seemed we would just start to recover from one hit, and another would be upon us. Being connected is what carried us through. First we chose to be connected to Christ and stood on His Word and prayed when we couldn't understand what He was doing in our life. In addition to this, our families and church family hooked up with us and agreed in prayer, and supported us with encouragement and deed. I believe our connection to Christ ultimately led to and allowed our connection with family and church to be a blessing and help us walk through to the other side of our trials. We were stronger because we weren't alone, but connected to The Vine and other branches. We made it through, amd now God can use us to connect to and help others.

What do you believe is the biggest compliment you can give someone?

Acknowledging/thanking them for their obedience to the Father, and expressing how God has used them to touch my life or the lives of others through this obedience.

Hometown: Nekoosa, WI
Bachelor's Degree: Special Education, UWSP
Emphasis: Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional-Behavioral Disorders
Master's Degree: Curriculum Design and Assessment, Olivet Nazarene University, IL