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Grade 2 Teacher

Gail Beckmann

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I have been called to serve as a teacher at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School. It is a joy to live in the love of God and to be able to share that with students, their families, and other staff members. It is powerful to witness the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of the children every day. The students can show the love of God in even the smallest moments of the day.




Middle School 6 Teacher

Beth Bierlein

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As my faith and understanding of God has grown, I have been transformed. One favorite Bible verse says, "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:12

 

Believing that Christ died to redeem me from my sins because He loves me so much has changed me. I'm not to follow the fads and messages of the ever changing world in which I live; God's word never changes. His love for us is unconditional and unceasing. Instead, as the verse states, God transofrms me into a new person and changes the way I think. I pray continually for God's will in my life and that He direct me to use the time, treasure, and talents with which He has blessed me.




Grade 1 Teacher

Christine Dail

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From the time I was very young, I knew I was called to be a teacher. I wanted to help extend a child's love of learning, but I also wanted every child to know how special he or she is to Jesus. John 15:11 states, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." It is my desire for God to use me as an instrument to share the joy of knowing Him with each student and in return, each student sharing that same joy with others.




Director of Music Ministries, PE Teacher, Athletic Director

Sharon Dalpini

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I have been serving as a teacher at Immanuel since 1993 and it is a joy to teach in a school where we can share the love of Jesus with our students every day. I grew up in a loving Christian family with parents who modeled faithful church attendance, service within the church, and prayer at home. When I was confirmed in the faith, my special verse was Psalm 27:1, "The Lord is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid." This verse has been a great comfort to me in life, especially when my husband served as an Army helicopter pilot in Desert Storm when our two children were very young. God continues to be my light today as I see my children and grandchildren growing in the faith. I am thankful for a God who sent His Son to die on the cross for me, even when I sin and fall short of what is expected of me. It is a joy to serve in ministry at Immanuel and share the light of Christ with others.




Discipleship Pastor

Pr. Chris Davis

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Kindergarten Teacher

Lisa Dickenson

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In all honesty, I do not remember a time when I did not know that Jesus loves me and that He is my Savior. I have been very blessed with wonderful experiences and an amazing church family at Immanuel. I truly believe it was God's plan all along for me to be teaching children about Jesus. As I continue to grow in my faith, I learn as much from the children as they learn from me. "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Mark 10:14-15

 




Grade 3 Teacher

Carla Faga

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For as long as I can remember, my faith, my family, my church, and my school went hand in hand. Having grown up attending a Lutheran school, I wanted to be able to share Jesus' love for me with other children in the same way my day school and Sunday School teachers and youth leaders did for me.

 

I like to share with my students some of the Bible verses to which I have turned during my life, in times of rejoicing and during times of struggle and sorrow. One is Psalm 46:1, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." I have leaned on this verse dudring difficult times and I pass on to my students that God is always with them and He is there for them in both the good times and the difficult times.

 

"I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13 is a verse that is very encouraging to me, that with God anything can be accomplished. I try to instill in my students that with God's help they can do anything if they try their best.

 

"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24. When things get difficult in our lives, and in my students' lives, it is good to remember that life and its many blessings are a gift from God and we should rejoice.
 




School Secretary

Heidi Hartzell

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Immanuel Lutheran Church and School is a wonderful place to be! It isn't just a job for me, because I love getting to know and help the students and parents every year. We have wonderful teachers who truly want their students to grow in their faith and succeed in school and the stories they share about their students' faith are inspiring. I always like to hear what our graduates pursue down the road and how Immanuel helped them. Proverbs 22:6 really does say it all, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."




Church Secretary

Penny Janacek

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As church secretary I enjoy interacting not only with church members but also with students at our school. My faith grows every day serving my God, my church, my community, and my family. I would no be the person I am today without my faith in Jesus. One of my favorite hymns is Great is They Faithfulness. The refrain says it all, "Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!"




Extended Care Assistant

Stephanie Knappe

I am provileged to work in Extended Care at Immanuel Lutheran School. Every day I see children grow in their faith and in their abilities to learn new things. I love working at a school where I can freely share the love of Jesus with the children. I strive to provide a caring environment with patience, love, and undestanding as I interact with the children and their parents. I just love being with these kids every day, caring for Jesus' little lambs.




Lead Pastor

Eric Kennaugh

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Extended Care Assistant

Padma Lacy

I am so grateful to Our Almighty Father for guiding me to Immanuel and faithfully opened the door to my purpose in life. As soon as I walked through the welcoming doors, I literally felt God's presence and knew before the interview that this was God's purpose for me--to be with his beloved children. Every day, through my personal relationship with my Abba, I praise Him for the joy I receive working with the students. One day when I was working with them I told them that that day would have been my dad's birthday. One student, observing that I was sad, said, "Mrs. Lacy, now he is having the biggest birthday party with Jesus!" She gave me the precious gift of joy, which changed my perception of how I was feeling that day.




Director of Family Ministries

Kari Larsen

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I love serving as the Director of Family Ministry at Immanuel. God has given me a love for His word and a love for people. "We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us." 1 Thessalonians 2:8 

 

I grow in faith not only by being in His word, but also by being encouranged by others and praying with others. I'm so thankful that at Immanuel I get to be a part of the work of the Holy Spirit--planting seeds of faith and watching them grow.




Principal

Donna Laughlin

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I am privilieged to serve as the principal at Immanuel. Every day I get to share the love of Jesus Christ with children and their families. I find myself growing in my own faith while those I serve grow in theirs, and that is a true joy. I love Paul's message to the Colossians, in which he encourages them to, "Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness." Colossians 2:7

 

I strive to bring God glory by leading our school community to be a place of educational excellence and one that is supportive of our students so that they can grow in their personal development as well as their knowledge. Most importantly, I work to ensure our school community is Christ-centered so that our students have a faith foundation upon which to build their lives.




Grade 4 PM Teacher

Marsha Majewski

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I feel extremely blessed to teach fourth grade at Immanuel. I have the opportunity each day to share the wonderful news of what Jesus has done for us with my students. I love to share that I believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, that He lived a sinless life on earth, He performed many miracles, He suffered and died for our sins and rose three days later. He then ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of the Father. He offers us eternal life through His death on the cross.

 

The Bible states that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through Christ. It is so important to share these biblical truths with children. I also share that we should all seek a personal relationship with Him and a purposeful life. I feel it is very imporrarnt to build strong biblical foundations in the lives of our students, so they may continue to grow in their relationship with Christ.




Bookkeeper

Karen Marchen

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Preschool 3 Teacher

Cathy Maverick

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I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth! One of the most important pieces of my faith is knowing that God's love is a gift given to me, paid through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ!

 

I believe that we are all unique and special individuals created in God's image and that I have been chosen by God to share His words through His teachings. What an honor it has been these past 29 years to show the love of God to those around me, esspecially the very young--teaching them His unconditional love for us all!

 

I beleive there is no shadow He won't light and no mountain He won't climb in coming after us! What an awesome God!




Middle School 8 Teacher

Julie McFarland

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I am blessed to have grown up in a Christian family who had me baptized and educated in Christian schools. Because of this, I always knew that I was a child of God and that I wanted to live my life to honor Him. I believe that God gave us the Bible to understand His unconditional love and to be used as an example of how He wants us to live. I feel blessed to be able to share my faith in and love for Jesus with my students. Each day gives me an opportunity to share my faith with my students and colleagues. I feel that together it is our obligation to grow in His love and in His teachings.




Middle School 7 Teacher

Bill Moser

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Immanuel has always been part of my faith journey. It all started when I was four years old and was enrolled at preschol here, way back in 1996; and it continues to influence my life and faith more than two decades later.

 

Immanuel is where I learned the foundations of the Lutheran faith; from hearing about God's love and compassion for the first time during school chapel services here, to listening to Pr. Weidler's sermons on God's law and the Gospel, Immanuel has been the place that has helped shape my faith more than anything else.

 

I still find myself learning new things here. The kids' simple answers to some very tough theological questions seem to put things into perspective--when as an adult, things become more complicated. I guess that's why Jesus said that having faith like a child can move mountains. I find myself learning as much from the kids about God as I teach them some days. To me, that is what really speaks to Immanuel as a faith home. It continues to instruct children in the ways of God as it always has, just as is written on our atrium. 

 

I am blessed to now be able to give that gift of instruction to my students, in the same way that my Immanuel teachers gave it to me.




Classroom Assistant

Kathie Mudd

As a classroom assistant in morning Kindergarten I show Christ and His love in every way I can to every student through knowledge and understanding of God's love for us all, which is so important to me. My statement of faith is Love and Wisdom: "Love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another." John 13:34-35 and "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it costs all you have, get understanding." Proverbs 4:7




Preschool 4 Teacher

Wendy Nelson

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Serving as a preschool teacher at Immanuel is one of the greatest privileges I've ever expetienced. God has greatly blessed me in my life with my own family, but His blessing of Immanuel as my extended family is uniquely special. God called me to teach second grade at Immanuel in 1999, and even as I took time off to raise my children, I never felt far away from my Immanel home. When He called me back to serve as a preschool teacher, it was a very special homecoming. I knew I was right where He wanted me to be, and I thank Him so much for allowing me to teach His chilrden about His love and grace.




Preschool 4 Teacher, Sing & Play Facilitator

Bobbi Norkus

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I believe that discovering each student's individual learning style and engaging them in the classroom with hands-on and cooperative learning, projects, themes, and individual work that activates their learnig potential, and doing all of this through the love of God and His teachings. I intend to elevate every student's understanding, application, and analysis beyond their preschool environment.




Classroom Assistant

Christine Olsen

"Let the little children come to me," Jesus tells His disciples in Matthew 19:14, "and do not hinder them for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." In my role as a classroom assistant at Immanuel, I am able to help young children approach Jesus and His world unhindered. Every morning I help children academically by working with them and their teachers to enhance learning. I am also able to minister to their souls by listening to them, encouraging them, correcting them, and celebrating with them. In short, I am able to share God's love by reminding the children--and their teachers--that they are special gifts from God.




Music Teacher

Grace Polotowicz

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It is an honor to hold the position of general music teacher and school choir diretor at Immanuel. I am truly thankful for the role that music plays in our christian lives and how we can praise God and serve His people through the shared medium of music. It is my sincere pleasure to encourage the students in living out Psalm 100:1-2, "Make joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing!" Working with these young people each week and preparing them to understand music more fully and enjoy worship for a lifetime is such a blessing. I love witnessing the way the students support one another, grow in musicianship, and together show their Christian love in service to others.




Director of Community Connections

Megan Popp

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I am privileged to serve as the Community Connections Director at Immanuel after serving in the school's admissions for three years. In both roles I have had the opportunity to be the planter God created me to be. I call my self a planter because I love planting His mustard seeds. Carrying out the Great Commission gives me joy since I get to be part of His work on earth. Now, instead of interacting mainingly with school families, I trek outside our church doors to build partnerships with businesses, community members, and area churches to increase our impact in spreading the Good News. I strive to be intentional in my prayer life, always seeking His guidance so He can use me as a vessel to do His will. My ministry plan each year is covered in prayer and I seek His direction prior to execution.

 




Classroom Assistant

Laura Radakovich

I am honored to serve as a classroom assistant at Immanuel. Each day I work to enhance the learning experiences of the children. I have found a great appreciation for the spiritual and educational environment that this school provides. One of my favorite paryers it the Prayer of St. Francis: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace...Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console...To be understood as to understand." And where there is doubt, true faith in you. This prayer inspires me to provide help and service to others, in this case, to my fellow teachers and students. I strive to provide the best educational service to the students and staff at Immanuel.




Middle School Math Teacher

Michele Randall

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My faith has always been an important facet of my life and over the years I have been blessed to share that faith in numerous ways, several of which have centered around my love of teaching. As a Christian teacher, I seek to do my best for Christ. I want to do more than just inspire my students to love academics. I strive to help them grow in character and wisdom and to start with a biblical view of any situation. My greatest joy is when I see Christ work directly in their hearts. Rom. 12:6-7 tells us, "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance wtih your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach." I believe that when God calls us to teach, He promises the strength to do it well. I just need to keep learning, growing, and depending on Him.




Special Needs Coordinator

Jennifer Sosnowski

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I am where I am because this is where God wants me to be. From a very young age I always went to God with my big choices. It was never a very glorious prayer, quite the opposite actually. I would usually throw up my hands, declare I had no idea what to do, and ask Him to just put me where I was supposed to be. I believe that my Heavenly Father has guided me along my faith journey every step of the way. The Holy Spirit has whispered encouragement in my ears and Jesus Christ continues to remind me that living for others is our purpose. Wherever I land, I strive to do the best job I can in that circumstance. There is something here that God wants me to do, so I had best get about doing it and doing it well. Grow where God has planted you, and you will bear fruit that is pleasing to Him.




Director of Marketing and Communications

Lori St.Vincent

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I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to utilize whatever gifts God has given me to help Immanuel reach out to members, school families, and our community with the light of God's love. Being charged with this responsibility not only as my Christian avocation but as my vocation as well helps to keep me strong in my faith, even during the difficult times we all experience. I aim to give my very best to my work each and every day so that God is glorified.




Grade 5 Teacher

Penny Suydam

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I have been blessed to call the Lutheran church my home for more than forty years. My journey of faith began when I was baptized and continued when my parents decided to send me to a Lutheran school for elementary and high school. During this time, I was surrounded with love by faithful teachers and pastors who guided me through life an dshare their faith with me. These men an women made such an impact on my life that I wanted to do the same. I decided to become a Lutheran school teacher so I, too, could share God's love with students. I have found over the last twenty-five years that I also learn so much aout God's love from them. My faith continues to grow because of the children God places in my classroom and the lessons they teach me.




Director of Children's Ministries / Grade 4 Teacher AM

Mary Wert

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My teaching philosophy is that every child is a gift from God and that each is created differently. As a teacher I like children to have an educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. It is my desire to create an atmosphere in which students can achieve their full potential. My classroom is a place where students are invited to share their ideas, take risks, and be creative as they study God's world. I want my students to know the love that God has for them because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. He overcame death so that we would all be saved. Every day that message woven throughout all of my teaching.




Classroom Assistant

Christina Whitwell

As a classroom assistant in Kindergarten I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to be part of Immanuel. Matthew 18:5 says, "And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." I'm honored to be able to welcome children in Jesus' name every day. Helping them understand Jesus' love for them, and seeing their growth in faith and academics is what makes Immanuel special. Children are a blessing and when you see them growing and learning, there is no greater joy.




School Secretary

Katie Williams

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When I started working for Immanuel I had no idea how much it would change me. I never could have imagined that working here would become more than just a job--it has become passion of mine to help and serve others. I learned quickly that Immanuel is a family. I know that God brought me here for a reason, as I am daily reminded that "Every good and perfect gift is from above." James 1:17 I have so much love and appreciation for the staff, the students, the and parents. Every day I feel more and more grateful to be part of the Immanuel family.




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