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. Jacqueline Voss, Administrative Assistant

Hi, I’m Jacqueline Voss.  I have been married for twenty-four years and counting to my wonderful husband Steve.  We have been blessed with three wonderful children David, Ian, and Genevieve.  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.  

As a graduate of Concordia and Racine Lutheran High School, I understand the importance and value of Christian education.  I love that I can share my faith with our students, parents, and staff.  I received my Bachelor 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 for the past eleven years.  In that time, I have served as a substitute teacher, third-grade teacher, K4 Aide, and for the first time this year I was blessed to step into the role of Administrative Assistant. 

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.

Miss Sophia Drager, Preschool Teacher

My name is Sophia Drager. I am excited to begin my first year of teaching at Concordia! I have attended LCMS schools since I was in Preschool 3! Growing up, I attended Concordia Lutheran school! Last spring I graduated from Concordia St. Paul. I received a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry, a minor in Lutheran Theology, and was certified as a Director of Christian Education. This year, not only am I teaching at Concordia in Sturtevant, but I am taking courses online through Concordia St. Paul to begin my Masters program in K-6 Education! 

My dad worked in church as a Director of Christian Education for 25 years, so I had the opportunity to grow up in the Lutheran Church and experience Christian education first hand! 

For seven summers, I worked at multiple Christian camps as a volunteer and counselor for kids and adults with interabilities. I had a great internship in British Columbia, Canada working with hundreds of youth and adults from 1 - 110 years old! 

Some of my favorite activities include camping and fishing with family and friends, bonfires and movies in the backyard, trail walks, ice skating, and cooking!

God has prepared a path for me. He has equipped me with the skills and life experience for Christian Education with people of all ages. Now, I am very excited to educate, sing songs, and have fun, while sharing the Word of God!

Mrs. Nancy White, Preschool Aide

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. Sheryl Villapando, Pre-Kindergarten Aide

Hi! My name is Sheryl Villalpando.  I am happy to return for a 2nd year as an aide at Concordia.  I have lived in Sturtevant since moving from Milwaukee as a small child.  My husband Mark and I will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary this October.  We have 3 adult children (Kari - Sturtevant, Alex - Germany, and Meghan - Madison). Kari and her husband Allan have blessed our family with two beautiful children (Markie and Lincoln).  My interests include grandparenting, gardening, camping, and cooking.

I graduated from UW Parkside with a teacher license in Elementary/Middle Education for grades 1-8 and a BA in Geography.  I have spent my career teaching at area Catholic schools. Most recently at St. Lucy (grades 1-3)  and St. Sebastian (4th grade). I took a break from teaching 7 years ago to be home with my grandchildren during their early years. Now I am back in the classroom  serving the Concordia community and teaching God’s children once again.

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 21st year teaching and my 19th year at Concordia. I have taught Kindergarten, 1 st grade, and 2 nd grade as well as teaching a half day 3 rd grade and 5 th -6 th 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 18 years and have two children. Logan is 13 years old and is in 8th grade this year and Gabriel is 11 and is in 6th 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, and I look forward to helping your child learn and grow in my position as kindergarten aide, assisting Mrs. Eberhardt for the second year. Seeing the joy in children’s eyes, as they succeed in mastering new skills and knowledge is a priceless gift. We get to witness this every day in our classroom, as knowledge is built upon more and more each day. The difference in the children’s knowledge between the beginning and the end of the year is so exciting to be a part of and observe. The love and care they receive here will assist them in being the best they can be! 

Personally, I had many years of experience as a Concordia parent, from 2005-2021, as both my son and daughter graduated from this great school. I’ve also referred many families here, when my opinion was asked about what would be a great school. As the owner/operator of a state licensed home-based Christian Child Care for 25 years, I would only recommend a school that I felt strongly about, since the bond with these families was very strong.

They’ve all loved the valuable learning experiences and opportunities Concordia Lutheran School has provided.

Now I look forward to helping the next generation succeed by truly enjoying helping them meet their educational goals, social skills goals, and growing in their Christian faith. 

Mrs. Lori Ratkovec, 1st Grade Teacher

Hi! My name is Lori Ratkovec. I am a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Lutheran Elementary Education and two minors in Spanish and Theology.

I am incredibly grateful to be a part of the Concordia Lutheran School family! Here, God has blessed me with the opportunity to help His children grow in their knowledge and faith! In the 1st grade classroom, my goal is for children to grow in their understanding and enhance their skills in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Most importantly, I hope that my students learn more about the Word of God and all that it teaches us as children of God!

Last November, I married my high school sweetheart! We made a big change by moving out of our hometown and into a house we purchased in Mount Pleasant. My husband and I have been busy working on many projects around our new home! We continue to be very excited to see what God has planned for the two of us.

In my spare time, I enjoy camping, walking my dog, and spending time outdoors with my family!

Mrs. Laura Knoch, 1st Grade Aide

Hi my name is Laura Knoch and this is my 2nd year as the first-grade aide. I am very excited to assist Mrs. Lori Ratkovec and to get to know all the new 1st grade students! I grew up attending Lutheran schools and I’ve been a resident of Racine all my life. I’ve been married 31 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! Before I started working here I 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 10th 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.  “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1

Some of my hobbies include playing tennis, swimming, watching and unofficially training for American Ninja Warrior, music (playing the trombone, handbells, organ, and piano), and getting involved in a plethora of church activities.

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

Mrs. Tina Tempesta, Second Grade Aide

I was born and raised in Racine, Wi. After my very first organ lesson I remember telling my mom that I was going to be in that exact same room teaching someday. At the age of 16 my instructor started giving me my own beginning piano and organ students to teach. When she became ill, I was asked to take on her students. By 17 years of age, I was in that same exact room teaching 6 days out of the week with a load of 60 students. I managed to graduate high school that same year as a junior. I have been teaching ever since, 27 years.

 I found the love of my life in September of 2002. On our first date he told me he was never getting married, owning a house or having children. Well, in 2004 he bought a house. In 2006, we got married. In 2010, we had our miracle baby, Luca and in 2012 along came the unexpected Frankie. 

I've only been on this planet for 43 years and can't wait to see what the next chapter is all about.

Mrs. Rebecca Biesanz, 3rd Grade Teacher

I am a 1995 graduate of Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska.  From there I spent my first 7 years of Lutheran teaching at Hope Lutheran in Glendora, California and Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High in Las Vegas, Nevada.  After that, I moved closer to family and started teaching in the public schools.  I taught for 9 years in Nebraska and Colorado.  I met my husband when I was living in Colorado and we moved from there to South Carolina where I taught for another 6 years in public schools and a private pre-school.  I am now starting my 5th year here at Concordia, and it has been a wonderful teaching experience so far with great kids and an excellent faculty and staff.

Most of my free time is spent with my family.  My husband and I have two children ages 6 and 9 who keep us busy.

I enjoy teaching 3rd grade and am looking forward to another year of the gift of teaching God’s children!

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 14 years. We have 3 beautiful children, Madelyn, Dylan and Weston whom all currently attend CLS. They are in 8th, 3 rd and 1st grade for the 2021/22 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, football and basketball season.

Our family has been blessed with the teachers and staff here and I am glad 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.

Mrs. Debra Mrock, 4th Grade Aide

My name is Debra Mrock, and I am excited about joining the excellent staff here at Concordia.  My husband and I relocated to Racine last year during the covid outbreak, so I am looking forward to working once again with students and meeting my coworkers.  

I attended Peace Lutheran Grade school in Michigan, graduated from Lutheran High East in Detroit; I also have degrees in education from Concordia Ann Arbor and Concordia Portland. So, as you can see, I am not a stranger to Lutheran Education.  I am looking forward to working in a Lutheran school. Before this year, I worked in several public-school settings in Kentucky, Virginia Beach, and Missouri.

My husband and I have five children and 14 grandchildren.  We are enjoying living here in Wisconsin and hope to be here for many years.  We love looking at the lighthouses, exploring new places, visiting museums, camping, and taking our pontoon boat out. 

Mrs. Kim Stier, 4th Grade Aide

Prior to joining the staff at Concordia, it was my honor to work in private, elderly home
care for 30+ years. During those years, I also worked in schools serving as an aide to
the teachers. Many of those years, I also served as a coordinator for Sunday School &
teaching children the Word of God.
I have three grown, wonderful children that have blessed me with four grandchildren.

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 17th year of teaching, thirteen 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 35 years, Richard, and I have a 33 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.

Miss Mary Rowley, 5th 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, 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. 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

Miss Kati Luchterhand, 6th 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).

Mr. Christopher Drager, 7th Grade Teacher

Mr. Christopher Drager has been married to his wife, Dena since 1996. Dena is an over-the-road truck driver who gets to travel all over the country. They have two grown children.  Their son, Drew, lives in Michigan and works for Nissan. Their daughter, Sophia is a Concordia University-Saint Paul, Minnesota graduate of the Christian Ministry program, a certified Director of Christian Education, and is serving at Concordia Lutheran School as the Preschool 3-year-old teacher. Christopher and his family are currently living in Racine.

Mr. Drager grew up in East Grand Forks, Minnesota and moved to St. Paul where he attended and graduated from Concordia University-Saint Paul with a Liberal Arts degree in Education, a major in Family Systems and certification as a 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 working in his yard, lap swimming, biking, hiking, camping, and fishing.  

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. This will be my second year here at Concordia Lutheran School. I am very blessed and excited to continue to openly share my faith with the students as they grow and learn in the Word of God as well as develop a great understanding of the world around them. The Lutheran Church and Christian education has been a large part of my life since the minute I was born and I am excited for it to continue to be as I work here at Concordia. 

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, born and raised in Racine, WI. I have been married to my husband, Omar for 14 years. I have been blessed with three sons, Cesar (25), Vicente (19), and Lenox (11 and 5th grade Concordia student). I have a 3.5 year old grandson, Emmett Mateo.

We came to Concordia when Lenox started Kindergarten. I started working in Afterschool Care when Lenox began 1st grade and then have been further blessed with the opportunity to work in middle school as an 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.

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 9th year 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 am also the Varsity Volleyball & Varsity Softball Coach at Racine Lutheran High School.  I can be found in a gym somewhere!!

I have been married for 36 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 & 2 sons--Carter (2) & Owen (8 mo). 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. I do enjoy watching sports, spending time with my family & friends, and photography! My husband and I enjoy UTVing and snowmobiling.

I love being a wife, a mom, but especially a GRAMMY. My favorite activity is to spend time with my 2 grandsons--Carter & Owen.  I enjoy spoiling them as much as possible.

God has blessed me in so many ways with family, coaching, & teaching!

Mrs. Tammy Myers, Speech Language Pathologist

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.

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 Mount Pleasant.

Tammy lives in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, with three amazing children and two dogs. Her youngest daughter, Iana, has Down Syndrome. Working with Iana’s private school 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; the success of all students continues to be her motivation and drive.

Mrs. Shannon Link, 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. Karen Luchterhand, Before School Care & Librarian

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.

Natalie Graichen Afternoon & After School Care

My name is  Natalie Graichen. My husband and I just celebrated our 15th year together and 11th married, and we have three awesome kids. I was born in Milwaukee but moved a LOT as a child and ended up going to 11 schools, finally graduating from Port Washington high school in 2006. As such, once I got married, we decided that we weren’t going to move a lot — we’ve lived in the same apartment for nine years! 

I’m very active with my church’s photography team and Sunday school, and it’s where my passion for sharing Jesus with children really started. I love music, reading/writing, being outdoors, and (often unsuccessfully) exploring my artistic side. 

Mrs. Jennifer Lyons, Lunch Service & Sanitation

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.

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