Mrs. Meg Grelk - 4th Grade
Meg Grelk was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in the suburb of Willow Springs, now known as Burr Ridge. She and her three younger brothers had the unique experience of being a part of the “early days” of Trinity Lutheran School, which grew from a two-room school house to single-grade classrooms. Her father Eugene Rall was their principal, as well as their teacher for grades 5 to 8. Meg grew up with the school being her second “home” as she helped with school chores, even during the summer months.
While attending the public high school, Meg stayed connected to Trinity and began teaching Sunday School classes and Vacation Bible School. Because she enjoyed working with children so much, she decided to continue her education at Concordia College, River Forest (Concordia Chicago). She graduated in 1977 with a BA in Elementary Education. Her first call was to teach the 3rd and 4th grade combination class at her home congregation, Trinity Lutheran School. This provided her the special experience of working with her father and having her former teachers as colleagues.
Meg’s next “call” was to be a mother. Her husband, Doug, received a job opportunity at Miller Brewing Company which brought them to Milwaukee in 1980. This allowed her to be a stay-at-home mom and care for their four children, Jonathan, Timothy, Jennifer, and Angela. After moving to New Berlin, their family became members of Elm Grove Lutheran Church in 1992, and their children started attending EGLS. In 1993 she began teaching part-time in grades 4 to 6 and returned to a full-time teaching position for 4th grade and middle school art in 1995. Meg has also coached girls’ volleyball, and currently participates in the adult choir, small group Bible Study, and Vacation Bible School. Meg is grateful that her children are all living in the area so that they can spend time together.
She enjoys playing with her six grandchildren, Emily, Josh, Elizabeth, Madelyn, Christian, and Nathan. There is nothing more special than hearing, “I love you, grandma!”
An important verse for Meg is from her Confirmation, John 10:27+28: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” As a teacher at EGL she is privileged to be able to let students “hear God’s voice”, to let them know how much they are loved, and to reassure them of their salvation.