Mrs. Gretal Ehrhard is New Haven High School’s new secretary. She was born in Buffalo, NY, and lived in the New York City suburbs and Jacksonville, FL, before her family moved to Lansing, IL (a Chicago suburb), when she was in 5th grade. She resided there until she left for college at Concordia University in River Forest, IL (near Chicago), to major in Theology. She also studied to be a Director of Christian Education.
Previously, she worked at New Haven Elementary, and her primary job there was as Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers program; however, she also subbed in classrooms and in the office, as well as worked with the preschool program.
When asked what her roles are as a secretary, Mrs. Gretal commented, “I feel like my roles change on a daily basis! Checking attendance and putting it into the computer is something I do every day. I also take phone calls and direct them where they need to go, or take messages. When it is time to print report cards and progress reports, I take care of that. Currently, I am working on getting parents scheduled for parent/teacher conferences. When the nurse is not in the building, Mrs. Muir [the middle school secretary] and I give medications to students as needed. I am a resource for teachers and staff for a variety of things (finding what class students are in, giving contact information, sometimes making copies, etc.). Honestly, I do all sorts of things from day to day. And, I am still learning all of the roles that are part of my job.”
She continued: “Working at NHHS is busy, but great. Working with high school students on a daily basis is a new experience for me.”
When asked to give a word of advice to students considering a similar profession, she stressed, “Make sure you know how to use a computer. Just about everything is done electronically. Also, you have to know how to interact with different types of people and to be able to handle a variety of situations that will arise. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't know how to do something.”
Mrs. Gretal has a husband named Jacob, but some of the students (and teachers) call him Pastor. He is the pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church right across the street on Hwy. 100. They have been married for 13 years and have a daughter named Anna, who will be one on December 4th.
Mrs. Gretal mentioned, “She was adopted from STL-- we brought her home when she was 9 days old and have loved every minute of her.”
Thank you for all the hard work you do to keep our school running smoothly, Mrs. Gretal!