Our Staff

A list of our staff here at Concordia Lutheran

Our trained teachers are dedicated to providing quality education to all the students of our school. We rejoice in the opportunity God has provided to us to grow our family and His through our participation in the Racine Parental Choice program since 2012. Together our administrator, faculty and support staff is eager to respond to God’s mission. Take a look at the staff at Concordia Lutheran School in Sturtevant, WI.

Rev. Gerhard Grabenhofer (Faith Lutheran Church)

Beloved in the Lord!

As the pastor at Faith Lutheran Church, it is with tremendous joy that I serve the children of Concordia Lutheran School along with a most amazing faculty and staff!

I, myself, am a product of Lutheran schools. My Kindergarten through Eighth Grade education was at St. John’s Lutheran School in Lombard, IL. This is the school of the church in which I was baptized and formed in the faith. It was during my years at St. John’s that the Lord instilled in me the desire to serve Him as a pastor in His Church. After St. John’s, I attended Valley Lutheran High School in St. Charles, IL. I then attended and graduated Concordia University Wisconsin having majored in theological languages. My seminary formation was at our Synod’s Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. While at seminary, I served a summer vicarage at St. Paul Lutheran Church in International Falls, MN. My full year of vicarage was spent at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cleveland, OH—a bilingual German-English parish.

Upon graduation from seminary, I was ordained and installed in my first parish, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Copperas Cove, TX. I served the Lord’s people there for five years before receiving and accepting a call to Faith Lutheran Church in Corning, NY where I served for over 20 years before receiving and accepting the call to serve at Faith Lutheran, Sturtevant.

I have also worked on several projects over the years. The first was the translation of a daily devotion from the sermons of C.F.W. Walther, founding father of our Missouri Synod. When my parish in Texas was remodeling and expanding the parish hall, a box of junk was uncovered. In it was Das Walte Gott!, the original book from 1894. Thinking this book was too important and valuable to be left inaccessible to the English reader, I began translation of it. It was published in the summer of 2006 by Concordia Publishing House under the title, God Grant It.   Although now out of print, this book can still be found on Amazon and as one of Concordia’s “Print on Demand” books.

I also worked as part of the translation team to bring into English, Exodus of the Eight Hundred,  by Ingerose Paust. This was published by Concordia University Press, Austin, TX in 2015 and recognized by the Concordia Historical Institute. This popular German historical novel, details with gripping drama and exciting adventure, the emigration of the Lutheran Saxons in 1838 and their arrival and settlement in St. Louis and Perry County in 1839. This is the only current work of historical fiction that places the narrative into the hands of the general reader.

Through all these years the Lord has been working on me and leading me into greater faith and knowledge of Him and His holy word. It is my prayer that I will be an instrument of the Holy Spirit to lead the people of Faith, Sturtevant and the children of Concordia Lutheran School to grow in their faith and love of our gracious Triune God and Savior.

Mrs. Jeannine Klein, Principal

Concordia Lutheran School exists for the purpose of "Bringing Christ and academic excellence to our students for life and forever." The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in January of 2020. We give thanks that He has blessed our mission and ministry each of these years. I am privileged to have been part of the ministry at Concordia since 1986, coming as a graduate of Concordia, Mequon to teach second grade initially.

My interest in pursuing a career in the teaching ministry was encouraged and developed by outstanding educators I encountered in my experience in a Lutheran elementary school. Later, a desire to pursue administrative coursework was furthered by family, friends, colleagues, and the work of the Holy Spirit. In 2002, I completed the School Leadership Development Project, receiving certification for principalship in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. In 2004, I accepted the position of principal and at that time also served as part-time third grade teacher.

It is an incredible blessing to work with a very talented, caring group of servants who are committed to bringing students into a closer relationship with their Lord and each other. At Concordia, the students, teachers, and parents work together as a team, both in and out of the classroom. The sense of family and dedicated service that I have been a part of, and which anchors me at Concordia, is one that encourages a love for learning and life-long service. It is my prayer that just as my life was touched by educators committed to preparing God's people, that the staff and I together inspire our students to service in His kingdom.

Teaching Information: Concordia Lutheran School extended a Call to me to serve as the second grade teacher in 1986, as a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin. The Lord led me from one Concordia to another and this has been my home ever since. Many of my 28 years teaching were spent in second grade or third grade, but I have also enjoyed teaching fourth grade, and third and fourth grades combined. At the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year, I moved from the classroom to full time administration.

I have three children, Brenden (Concordia Lutheran School graduate - Class of 2003), Kellen (Concordia Lutheran School graduate - Class of 2007) and Shaylyn (Concordia Lutheran School graduate - Class of 2009). Seeing their faith and friendships grow at Concordia was truly one of life's greatest pleasures. Their time at Concordia most definitely helped shape their future and develop the character and work ethic that they possess as adults. (Yes, I am a proud mom – but recognize that their teachers were significant in contributing to the successes they enjoy today.)

My husband Norman and I enjoy country music, as well as supporting our Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers and Green Packers.

Ms. Karli Luchterhand, Assistant Principal

My history with Concordia has been a long one. It started when I was just three years old and my dad took a call to be pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. I attended Concordia starting in kindergarten (they didn’t have a preschool program back then) and was fortunate enough to have Jeannine Klein as my third and fourth grade teacher. I graduated from Racine Lutheran High School and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood.
During my time at Platteville, God blessed me with many opportunities to work in the classrooms at Highland Elementary School before I ended up student teaching at Concordia in the fourth grade class under the direction of Mrs. Kosmala. Immediately after graduating in 2006, I took at long term substitute position at Concordia in the 7th grade classroom teaching literature and technology to the upper grades. The following fall, I long term subbed in the fifth grade classroom teaching math to the middle schoolers.
Shortly following my time at Concordia, I took a position at Shepherds College as an academic advisor and instructor where I worked alongside young adults with disabilities. As an academic advisor, I had 8-10 students on my caseload. Because students come from all over the world, they reside at the school, which means that as an advisor, I was responsible for everything from finance to hygiene to behaviors. While at Shepherds, I taught a myriad of classes including math, language arts, study skills, communications, life finance, and trained for life. I believe that each student is created by God on and for a purpose with specific gifts and abilities. This means that each student is either a visual, auditory, written, or kinesthetic learner. I try to have each of those learning styles in the lessons I teach in order to maximize the amount of information a student retains.
I brought all the knowledge and passion I have for teaching back to Concordia as I joined the staff as the second-grade teacher in 2014. I transitioned from teaching into an administrative role as Assistant Principal in 2017. As I work alongside the teachers, I am excited to bring the Gospel and the love of God to each student. We want to see the students grow into the gifts and abilities that God has given them and strive to reach their maximum potential.
Now for a little about me personally. I enjoy playing the piano, leading worship/directing choir, reading books by Torey Hayden, and cheering for the Packers with my family.

Mrs. Bridget Maricque, Administrative Assistant

My name is Bridget Maricque and I have been married to my husband, Jeremy, since August 2001. God has also granted me the privilege of being the mother of two beautiful girls. Erin will be in 11th grade at Union Grove High School and Aubrey will be in 7th grade at Union Grove Elementary School.

I was born and raised in Green Bay, WI, and moved to Racine ten years ago after my husband accepted a job transfer in this area. My relationship with Concordia Lutheran School began in 2015 when my daughter attended the school for 6th grade and I volunteered serving lunches. The next year I worked in Before School Care and also substituted for various positions throughout the school. For the 2019-20 school year, I joined the staff as the Administrative assistant. This next school year will be my second year working in this position. I have learned so much and look forward to helping families to the best of my ability.

My passions in life include spending time with my family, traveling, cooking, and volunteering whenever I get the chance.

Mrs. Danielle Kosterman, Office Assistant

Hi, my name is Danielle Kosterman. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside. I majored in Sociology and minored in Criminal Justice. After graduation I was employed by Children’s Service Society of WI in Milwaukee as a social worker. I worked as an Adoption and Foster Care Specialist for four years. I wore many hats and found this work very rewarding. I am blessed to have assisted in so many children finding permanency.
I met my husband in 2004 and we were married in 2009. We have two children who attend Concordia Lutheran School. When my oldest was one, my husband and I decided I would be a stay at home mom. I was blessed to be home with both of our children for seven years. We decided that it was time for me to return to the workforce in 2018. I worked with Mrs. Eberhardt as a Kindergarten Aide for two years and later switched roles and now I am the Office Assistant. I been blessed to help children achieve permanency, stay home with my children and to be a part of the Concordia family.
I have enjoyed my children attending Concordia Lutheran School. My children have grown intellectually, as well as spiritually, being a part of this school. I enjoy working with the staff and families here at Concordia as well.
On a personal note, I love reading, cheering on our children on in soccer, baseball and basketball, and live music.

Preschool Teacher
We are looking forward to welcoming a new member to our Concordia family soon!
Mrs. Susan Ritacco, Preschool Aide

I was born and grew up in northern Minnesota. I enjoyed snowmobiling and the many lakes. I have a very large extended family and love getting together with them for parties and camping. I worked many jobs before moving to Racine in 1979 with my 3 children. Some of those jobs were supervising outdoor skating rinks, church custodian, factory work, cooking in a drive-in, and teaching at Head Start where I earned my Early Childhood Certificate from Bemidji Sate College.

I worked for Racine Unified Schools for 28 ½ years in secretarial positions before retiring. I have raised 3 children plus 3 grandchildren (Turner is the youngest).

I say God's plan for me is to be involved with children since I've been raising children for 50 years!

Mrs. Korie Baganz, Pre-Kindergarten 4 Year Old Teacher

Since graduating from Concordia Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Art, God has blessed me with several Calls that have provided many different opportunities to serve Him while growing as an educator and continually growing in Faith. My teaching career began in 2004 at Trinity Lutheran School in Mequon where I taught 3rd Grade for two years. After that, I accepted a Call to a school that holds a very dear place in my heart: Concordia Lutheran School! I taught both 3rd Grade and Kindergarten here at Concordia for four years from 2006-2010. God then Called me to become the director and preschool teacher at Prince of Peace Early Childhood Center for six years from 2010-2016. With a strong desire to again be in the classroom fulltime where I could spend more time with students, more time shaping minds and teaching about Jesus, God directed me back to Concordia Lutheran School!  I am blessed to continue in my passion here, which is early childhood education!  I really enjoy finding creative ways for children to learn as they play every day.  I believe in hands-on, engaging, (and fun!) learning experiences.  In 4K, learning is play and play is learning!

Christian education has been a part of my life since preschool and I am so thankful for it! I look forward to all the good things God has planned for all the children, families, and staff each and every school year.

Mrs. Jackie Voss, Pre-Kindergarten Aide

Hello, my name is Jackie Voss. I have been married to my husband Steve for twenty-three years and we have been blessed with three wonderful children.   David recently graduated from Racine Lutheran High School and will be furthering his education at Carthage.  Ian and Genevieve will be continuing their education at Racine Lutheran High School.  All three of our children are graduates of CLS. We love to spend our time as a family going on vacations, boating, fishing, and camping.

I am a graduate of Concordia and Racine Lutheran High School.  I understand the importance and value of a christian education and love that I can share my faith with our students, parents, and staff.  I received my Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Parkside.

I was a substitute teacher with Racine Unified for fifteen years and I have been blessed to work at Concordia the past ten years.  In that time, I have served as a substitute teacher, third-grade teacher and for the last five years as an aide for Ms. Baganz.

Mrs. Melissa Eberhardt, Kindergarten Teacher

Hi, my name is Melissa Eberhardt. I am a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Theater. This is my twentieth year teaching and my eighteenth year at Concordia. I have taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade as well as teaching a half day 3rd grade and 5th-6th combination. I strive to create a supportive and fun learning environment where the children aren’t afraid to take risks and make mistakes.  We work to persevere through our challenges during the school year and celebrate successes both large and small.

My husband Matt and I have been married for eighteen years and have two children. Logan is thieteen years old and is in seventh grade this year and Gabriel is ten and is in fifth grade this year. Matt is a web developer for a company in Waukesha. In my “spare” time, I enjoy reading, cheering our boys on during their soccer games, and spending time outside.

Mrs. Hope Bosak, Kindergarten Aide

Hi, my name is Hope Bosak. I am excited to begin my first
year as a teaching assistant, in the kindergarten room, assisting
Mrs. Eberhardt. Although this job is new to me, I’ve had many
years of experience as a Concordia parent. My son graduated
8 th grade in 2014, and my daughter is in 8 th grade this year. I
look forward to helping your children reach their fullest
I bring along with me over 25 years of experience being the
owner/operator of a Christian based, state licensed, child care
center. Many of the children from my center, have continued
their education with Concordia Lutheran School. They have all
loved the valuable learning experiences here. Now I look
forward to helping the next generation succeed, and help them
to truly enjoy learning at school.

Mrs. Lori Ratkovec. 1st Grade Teacher

Hi! My name is Lori Ratkovec. I am excited to begin my second year of teaching here at Concordia and help children grow in their knowledge and faith. I recently graduated from Concordia University of Wisconsin in Mequon with a bachelor’s degree in Lutheran Elementary Education and minors in Spanish and Theology.

Growing up, I attended a small Lutheran school from Kindergarten to 8th grade where I was able to grow in my faith. I love being able to teach at Concordia Lutheran where I am able to share the Word of God on a daily basis with my students like my elementary teachers did!

I am engaged to my high school sweetheart and we are getting married this November! We are very excited to see what God has planned for the two of us. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, walking my dogs, and reading.

Laura Knoch, 1st Grade Aide

Hi my name is Laura Knoch and this is my first year as the 1 st Grade Aide.

I am very excited to assist Miss Lori Bakke and get to know all the students! I grew up attending Lutheran schools
and I’ve been a resident of Racine all my life. I’ve been married 30 years and have two adult children and I’m also a dog mom! I enjoy going on walks with my dog, reading my daily devotions, swimming, doing crafts, and spending time with my family! These past few years I’ve had the pleasure of working at a Christian child care center as the assistant and I am looking forward to this school year and helping the students grow in their faith!

Miss Melissa Leon, 2nd Grade Teacher

My name is Melissa Leon. I am entering my 8th year of teaching. Prior to coming to Concordia, I taught 2nd grade at Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill, WI for three years and 3rd/4th grade at St. Paul's West Allis for two years. It’s been a joy being back in 2nd grade!

I have been blessed to attend Lutheran schools all my life. I went to grade school at Hales Corners Lutheran and then Martin Luther High School. Continuing with the Lutheran school trend, I went to Concordia University Wisconsin and graduated in 2011 with a double-major in Elementary Education and Lay Ministry/Theology. “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Some of my hobbies include Taekwondo (I am a 1st degree black belt), playing tennis, music (playing the trumpet and piano), church activities, and reading.

I count myself blessed that I have the opportunity to serve at Concordia Lutheran School. To God Be the Glory!

Second Grade Aide
We are looking forward to welcoming a new member to our Concordia family soon!
Mrs. Rebecca Biesanz, 3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Biesanz moved to the Racine area for the 2017/2018 school year.  She moved here with her husband, David, and their two children.  Before teaching at Concordia Mrs. Biesanz has taught 2nd grade at Hope Lutheran in Glendora, California, middle school science and 6th grade at Faith Lutheran in Las Vegas, Nevada, K-8 science and 6th grade in Gurley, Nebraska, 5th grade in Sterling, Colorado, 6th grade math and PK3 in South Carolina.

She graduated from Concordia College in Seward Nebraska with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.

What a crazy year the 2019/2020 school year was!!  She is looking forward to a new school year in 2020/2021.

Mrs. Laura Sadowski, 3rd Grade Aide

I have been blessed since August 2017 to work at Concordia as the 3rd grade aide. I was born and raised in Racine and have been married to my husband Daniel for 13 years. We have 3 beautiful children, Madelyn, Dylan and Weston whom all currently attend CLS. They are entering into 7th, 4th and 2nd grade for the 2020/21 school year.

While I enjoyed my time working in the finance world, my heart was pulled to be with my own children.  I truly believe everything happens for a reason. In December 2014, I left my manager job at Educators Credit Union to become a stay at home mom. I worked there just short of 15 years, starting as a teller in 1999. After high school, I attended Gateway Technical College pursuing a Supervisory Management degree.

In my free time I love to camp with my family, read and enjoy running every day. We enjoy attending and watching all Wisconsin sports, especially our Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. My greatest joy is spending my time on the bleachers cheering on my kids during baseball, softball and basketball season.

Our family has been richly blessed with the teachers and staff here and I am proud to be a part of guiding the lambs of our glorious God.

Mrs. Kimberly Hughes, 4th Grade Teacher

I was born and raised in Wisconsin and am a product of the Lutheran education system from preschool through college.  I attended Hales Corners Lutheran School for my elementary education and then went to Martin Luther High School in Greendale, WI. I graduated from Concordia University of Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a minor in English.

After graduation from CUW, my first teaching position was at Bethlehem Lutheran School in Milwaukee where I taught a multi-grade classroom of fifth-sixth graders. I taught at Bethlehem for five years before accepting a position at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Wauwatosa to teach sixth grade. It was during this time that my husband and I were married. We moved to Fort Wayne, IN, where my husband studied at Concordia Theological Seminary. While living in Fort Wayne, I taught at Zion Lutheran Academy as their fifth-sixth grade teacher. Lastly, we returned to the Badger State in 2002, and I took on the position of fifth-eighth grade teacher and headmaster at Peace Lutheran Academy in Sussex, WI.

My husband and I reside in New Berlin and enjoy reading and relaxing on our patio.

Miss Mary Rowley, 4th Grade Aide

My name is Mary Rowley. I'm excited to be entering my second year here at Concordia! I am especially glad to be back in the Badger State; I'm originally from Iowa and fell in love with Wisconsin when I attended Concordia University in Mequon. I was a Lay Ministry and Theology major. I find myself using my training every day I am in a Lutheran school.

In September 2019 I was blessed to be able to adopt my daughter, Tammy. We live in Greenfield and enjoy attending church and spending time with friends and family, especially outdoors! Our family still lives in Iowa, and we visit them often. My niece and nephew are two of our favorite people on the planet. Closer to home, my college friends have become Tammy's honorary aunts and uncles!

Mrs. Susan Williams, 4th/5th Grade Aide

Hi, my name is Susan Williams.  I graduated from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education, a minor in early childhood and home economics.  I previously taught Title 1 for three years and third grade in Iowa before moving to Wisconsin.  I have taught fourth grade for 28 years and third grade for 3 years in Racine Unified School District. I retired from RUSD this year.  I am looking forward to working with the staff and children.

My husband of 25 years, James, and I have three daughters and five grandchildren.  The grandchildren keep us very busy going to soccer, baseball, and basketball games. I enjoy watching them play.  I have learned how to crochet and have been enjoying that hobby.  Now I want to learn how to quilt.

Mrs. Julie Arndt, 5th Grade Teacher

My name is Julie Arndt. I graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education.  This is my 16th year of teaching, twelve of which were here at Concordia. I’ve previously also taught preschool, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, middle school music and Social Studies in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  I’m also a pianist and organist.

My husband of 34 years, Richard, and I have a 32 year old son, Jonathan, who attended Concordia for preschool – 3rd grade. I treasure my time now with him and his wife and my grandchildren.  I also enjoy relaxing on our patio, biking, fishing, reading and travel.

My hope, as I instruct children, is that they will grow in academic knowledge, and more importantly become more confident and comforted in the knowledge and peace that Jesus saved them, loves them, and has a well-designed plan for their lives.

them, and has a well-designed plan for their lives.

Miss Kati Luchterhand, 5th Grade Aide

Growing up, my dad was a pastor at Holy Cross and so I attended Concordia until I was in fourth grade. Knowing Christ and understanding Scripture have been a valuable and intricate part of who I am since I was very young. Concordia's purpose in "Bringing Christ and academic excellence to our students for life and forever" is a vision that resonates with me. The Gospel message is one that is not focused simply on life after death; it is a message of hope and life for the present. It is a message that offers grace to every person in any circumstance.

Just prior to starting my current job here at Concordia, I spent six months in Senegal, West Africa with a missionary couple as they began their first overseas mission assignment. I was the live in nanny for their two children while they took French lessons and began to acclimate to life in a new culture. This experience gave me a deeper understanding of myself and my priorities in life. It clarified my perspective and the values that I wish to maintain and instill in those around me. Values such as striving for a heart of compassion that reflects the heart of Christ; nurturing a sense of curiosity and creativity; learning to respond with courtesy and respect, especially when human nature defies such a response; and developing the ability to communicate thoughts and emotions with clarity.

As I begin my third year of working at Concordia, I pray that I would be able to "Preach Christ always and, if necessary, use words" (Francis of Assisi).

Mrs. Sandra Thibodeau, 6th Grade Teacher

I am a Wisconsin native, born and raised in Portage. I traveled extensively as a U.S. Air Force spouse before attending Concordia University - Nebraska. I have a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in English, as well as a Lutheran Teaching Diploma. I have previously served the Lord as a middle school teacher in Lafayette, IN, Austin, TX, and Menomonee Falls, WI.

I have two adult children - Alexander and Nicole - who live in Indianapolis. I enjoy cooking/baking, knitting, reading and being outdoors. I also enjoy spending quiet time at home with my two cats. I am blessed to be a part of the ministry here at Concordia Lutheran School. My prayer is for all children to recognize that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by our Creator. Favorite verse from God’s Word: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you. I will uphold you with My victorious Right Arm.” Isaiah 41:10

Mr. Christopher Drager, 7th Grade Teacher

Mr. Christopher Drager has been married to his wife for almost TWENTY-FIVE years.  His wife is an over-the-road truck driver and Mr. Drager gets to travel all over the country with her when school is on break. They have two grown children.  Their son, Drew, lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan and works for Nissan. Their daughter, Sophia is attending Concordia University-Saint Paul, Minnesota studying to be a Director of Christian Education.  Christopher and his family are currently living in Racine.

He was born in Grand Forks, ND and grew up in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.  He attended Crestwood Elementary School, EGF Junior High School.  He was a wrestler, played football, and was active in band/choir, drama and speech/debate prior to graduating from East Grand Forks Senior High School  He attended the University of Minnesota for a year and transferred to Concordia University-Saint Paul, Minnesota graduating with a degree in Education, a major in Family Systems and is a certified Director of Christian Education.   He later attended Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri where he studied towards a Master’s in Marriage/Family Systems and Adolescent Therapy.

Christopher is active and enjoys lap swimming, working out at the gym and Zumba.  He enjoys biking and hiking on trails, camping and fishing with family and friends.  He like to invite family and friends to the backyard for a campfires and movie nights.

Mrs. Kate Martinez, 8th Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Kate Martinez. I initially began college as a finance and accounting major, but after volunteering in the Florida elementary schools while completing my Disney College Program, I found that my true passion is teaching. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish in December 2019. Throughout my time at Whitewater, I had many opportunities to put into practice what I was learning in the classroom by opting to take the classes that included an in classroom teaching experience. In addition to these classes, I completed my field study in a middle school science classroom and my student teaching in a 5th grade classroom. Immediately after graduating, I took a position as a building substitute in an elementary school.

This will be my first year at Concordia Lutheran School and I am very blessed and excited to have this opportunity where I am able to openly share my faith with the students as they grow and learn in the Word of God.The Lutheran Church has had, and continues to have, a large impact in my life. I attended a Lutheran grade school in Milwaukee as a child. Additionally, my dad is a pastor for an LCMS congregation while my mom is a Lutheran Schools Teacher.

I recently married my husband, Martin, and moved to the Racine area. In our free time we love to go exploring and enjoy the beautiful world God has created by hiking and kayaking. If I'm not outdoors, you will either find me curled up with a good book or whipping up treats in the kitchen.

Mrs. Crystal Barron, Middle School Aide

I am Crystal Barron. I was born and raised in Racine, WI. I have been married to my husband, Omar for 12 years. I have been blessed with three sons, Cesar [23], Vicente [17 and a Senior at Case HS], and Lenox [9 and 3rd grade Concordia student]. I have a 1.5 year old grandson, Emmett Mateo.

We came to Concordia when Lenox started Kindergarten. I started working in Afterschool care when Lenox started 1st grade and then was further blessed with the opportunity to work in middle school as aide.

I love family time and enjoy reading, coloring, horses and horseback riding, the color purple, collecting crosses, church and coffee ;) We are small local business owners and long-time members of Living Hope Lutheran Church.

I am thankful God has placed me where I can work the best through Him!

Mrs. Becky Demuth, Physical Education Teacher

Hello, my name is Becky Demuth and I am the Physical Education Teacher here at Concordia. This will be my 8th year here at Concordia teaching the Concordia students in the gym--I love being a part of the Christian atmosphere and sharing my faith with my students while learning various lifetime skills while engaging in lots of activities/games in the gym!!

I graduated from Racine Lutheran High school in 1983, and then I attended UW-Oshkosh and finished my teaching degree at Purdue University. I have been teaching for over 25+ years and coaching for over 30+ years!

Besides teaching at Concordia, I also teach at Drought Elementary school, K-8th grade Physical Education. I am also the Varsity Volleyball and Varsity Softball Coach at Racine Lutheran High School.   I can be found in a gym somewhere!!

I have been married for 35 years to my husband, Rob, who is semi-retired and working for Wilks Bros.—the farm I grew up on in Union Grove. We have raised 3 great kids who are all happily married.  Amber (Andy)- live in Michigan & have a 1 yr. old son-Carter. Tim (Tierney), & Ty (Amy) live in Mt. Pleasant.  All of us attended and graduated from Racine Lutheran High School.

My husband and I live “in the country” in the town of Raymond on the other side of the “I”.   I end up putting lots of miles on my car--hardest part is for me to remember which school I am going to and then where I parked my car at the school.

I do enjoy watching sports, spending time with my family & friends, and photography! I love being a wife, a mom, but especially a GRAMMY.  My favorite activity is to spend time with Carter & to spoil my grandson rotten anytime I can!

I feel blessed to be a part of the Concordia Family!!

Mrs. Tammy Myers, Speech Language Pathologist

Tammy Myers inspires even the most reading-resistant to love books. A licensed speech pathologist, Myers has pioneered an approach that takes kids on a journey to become strong and confident readers.

Tammy’s work began more than 20 years ago with children who had speech and neurological disabilities. To help them learn to communicate and learn, she introduced techniques that engaged their senses, included bright colors, movement, and creativity. She found the children she worked with not only became better communicators, they also became better readers. Reading became a school skill and a strategic life skill. Giving these students with ‘special needs’ life literacy skills, also opened the doors for acceptance with their peers, inspired teachers to support them through academic challenges, and empowered parents to support their child’s personal growth.

Today, Tammy and her team of educators help children of all reading levels at Mrs. Myers’ Reading Room in Racine, Wisconsin. The year-round programs take children through activities in four brightly colored rooms, called “Chapters”. Using videos, music, iPads, play-dough and even shaving cream (yes, shaving cream!), kids engage completely in the learning experience. By the end of the program, each child has written his or her own book and receives a published copy!

In addition to Mrs. Myers' Reading Room, Tammy works with students with speech and language disorders, coordinates a literacy program through Mrs. Myers' Education Services for the community in cooperation with private schools. She is a graduate of Leadership Racine, an active member of RAMAC, and current past-president of TEMPO Racine. Her speaking engagements include educational presentations for administrators, teachers, and parents to promote success in the classroom through language and literacy. Student success continues to be her motivation and drive. Her passion for student literacy will captivate the heart of any audience.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Tammy Myers received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. She is a life long learner striving for knowledge in the complex processes of cognition, psychology, and language. She maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the national American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She continues in private practice speech language therapy in Racine. Tammy lives in Racine, Wisconsin, with her husband and three amazing children. Her youngest daughter, Iana, has Down Syndrome. Working with Concordia toward her success, gave Tammy the platform to help other students. As teachers and administrators navigate the educational and behavioral challenges of students with special needs entering into the private school setting through the Choice and SNSP channels, Tammy has personal and professional experience applying her knowledge toward student success. This experience positioned her as an expert in strategic planning for student success and positioning for the future of our private schools to educate all students of all abilities.

We are blessed to have Tammy on our staff!

Ms. Shannon Lee, Special Education Resource Teacher

I have resided in Union Grove since moving from Illinois with my family in 1997, when my step-father took over ownership of a well drilling company. I graduated from Union Grove Union High School and began studying Early Childhood Education at Gateway Technical College. In 2005, I started my family of three children. While they were young, prior to entering school, I started a state licensed in-home childcare center. The opportunity to stay at home with my children while promoting socialization and development of other children was priceless.

In 2008, I unexpectedly lost my mother in an auto related accident that also threatened the life of my then 3-year old daughter. Faith is often shaken during times of tragedy. I believe this life changing experience placed me on my path. After 14 days of unknown outcomes my daughter woke-up, 14 days later she walked out of Children’s hospital medication and restriction free. Speech Language, Occupational, and Physical therapy’s assisted in her full recovery. God’s presence, strength, light, and love has surrounded her, me and my family.

In 2009, I began initiating community youth programs as the Village of Union Grove Park and Recreation Assistant. In 2013, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from Grand Canyon University. 2014, provided the opportunity to work on the development and implementation of an Early Childhood curriculum. I continued to gain experience through substitute teaching opportunities throughout western Racine County. I was led to discover the power in designing individualized active instruction in 2015, as a curriculum developer at Mrs. Myers’ Reading Room. Providing supplemental education support in Racine County including here at Concordia Lutheran, Sturtevant.

My passion for specialized instruction, prayer, and blessings provided an opportunity in 2016 to serve the students, families, and educators at Concordia Lutheran School as the Special Education Resource teacher. In 2018, I have obtained my Masters of Education in Special Education from Concordia University-Portland.

I spend as much time as possible with my family, we are close and active. I find joy in repurposing; that is turning something old and forgotten into something unique and purposeful. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In the summers I enjoy live music, gardening, and camping as often as possible.

Mrs. Darlene Fabio, Before School Care

I was born on the east coast, married and moved to Wisconsin in 1976.  Wisconsin has become my home. I have two children and three grandchildren. My youngest grandchild is a student here. I started volunteering at Concordia Lutheran the first year he started going here. I enjoy being part of this school.  When I retired from St. Mary’s, after working there for 22 years. I came to work here in the childcare program. I love taking care of children and teaching them the Word of God. I have been an Awna leader in my church for 18 years. Teaching children to love Jesus is my calling. All children need to know about him.

Mrs. Sharon Joyce, Before/After School Care

I'm Sharon Joyce. I attended St. Rose Grade School and J.I. Case High School. I have four children and four grands. Sebastian, is in sixth grade here at Concordia.  I am retired from Racine Unified after twenty-four years as a teaching assistant in special education. I've  been here at Concordia since 2015. I truly enjoy my position here in the before and after school care program.

Mrs. Kerri Riker, Lunch Service & Cafeteria Coordinator

I'm Kerri Riker, I am married with 2 boys, Robby and Jack. I am the Lunch Coordinator here at Concordia Lutheran School (CLS). I initially was a volunteer helping out around the school which eventually turned into a permanent position. I have always enjoyed being helpful, being the Lunch Coordinator allows me to be involved in the school. I really enjoy the role I work in as it allows me to be seen all around the school, interact with everyone and provide a really awesome lunch service that everyone can enjoy.

Mrs. Jennifer Lyons, Lunch Service

My name is Jennifer Lyons and I am part of the lunchroom team at Concordia.  I am married and have 2 kids, Ivy and Em.  We live here in Sturtevant.  I enjoy camping, swimming, concerts, and music festivals.  My husband and I also enjoy skydiving.  I also take in rescue parrots that have behavioral issues and work with them to become people friendly.  I currently have 4- Annie, Ollie, Marley, and Peek-a boo.

Mr. James Edwards, Lunch Service

Mrs. Hope Bosak, Kindergarten Aide

Hi, my name is Hope Bosak. I am excited to begin my first year as a teaching assistant, in the kindergarten room, assisting Mrs. Eberhardt. Although this job is new to me, I’ve had many years of experience as a Concordia parent. My son graduated 8th grade in 2014, and my daughter is in 8th grade this year. I look forward to helping your children reach their fullest potential.
I bring along with me over 25 years of experience being the owner/operator of a Christian based, state licensed, child care center. Many of the children from my center, have continued their education with Concordia Lutheran School. They have all loved the valuable learning experiences here. Now I look forward to helping the next generation succeed, and help them to truly enjoy learning at school.

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