Administrator and Support Staff

  • Mr. Brian Betts

    Principal

    I grew up in central Minnesota in a rural community outside of Kimball in which my family had a small hobby farm. I recieved a BA in elementary education with a concentration in Environmental Science from Concordia College St. Paul, MN. I later received a Masters in Educational Administration from Concordia University Wisconsin. It has been a blessing to serve at Immanuel in many roles since 1992 and currently serve as principal. I am the husband of Wendy and father to Caleb, Kaity, and Chassiya. I enjoy cooking, gardening, and time at the lake. 


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?



    What's your favorite way to spend a day off?



     

    Hometown: Clearwater, MN

    Bachelor's Degree: Concordia University, St. Paul, MN

    Master's Degree: Educational Administration, Concordia University, Mequon, WI

  • Mrs. Codi McElroy

    school secretary


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?


    What's your favorite ice cream and topping? What is your least favorite? What is your favorite ice cream place?


    Hometown: 

  • Mrs. Susan Cour

    admissions counselor

    I grew up in a small suburb of Chicago. I have always had a love for children and animals. I originally attended college to be a biologist, with a life long dream of studying wolves in Yellowstone. However, God had other plans and I ended up graduating with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught in Illinois for several years and then at Immanuel for 1 year before staying home to have children. For the past almost 11 years I have been blessed to be serving as Admissions Counselor here at Immanuel. In 2016 I had the opportunity to step back into the classroom as well and I am enjoying my time teaching God's children. I love my career as I have the opportunity to meet new people, be around children, and still raise my family. God is amazing!


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    When I think of a rock, of course I think of solid and unbreakable, something that not even wind and rain can move.  Applying this idea to my Lord and Savior gives me the hope that regardless of what the world or Satan may throw my way, I can lean on my Everlasting Rock.  I may wither but Jesus NEVER will.  He is solid, unmovable, and a firm foundation for my life. Building my life on the Everlasting Rock brings my hope, peace, and joy regardless of my situation.


    What's on your bucket list?

    I LOVE to travel.  I don't travel out of the country as often as I'd like, but on my bucket list would be to visit a handful of places for various reasons.  I'd love to go to Germany to discover more about my heritage.  I'd visit Italy to spend time with our Italian daughter (an exchange student who lived with us for several months).  I'd also visit Ireland, Australia, and Alaska.  I would also love to spend at least two weeks somewhere like Fiji, Tahiti, the Maldives, or Aitutaki.  I'd love to just check one of those off my list in the next several years.


    Hometown: Island Lake, IL

    Bachelor's Degree: Early Childhood Education, Concordia University, River Forest, IL  Concentration: Psychology

  • Mrs. Wendy Betts

    reading interventionist and curriculum

    I grew up in a small town in western Iowa.  I went to college at Concordia University Nebraska, and my first call as a teacher was spent in Pittsburgh, PA.  I have had many different roles at Immanuel, and currently I am enjoying being a reading teacher and curriculum coordinator.  What I love most about teaching is sharing Jesus with students and their families as well as sharing my love for reading with my students.  I have three children who have all recently graduated from high school and are either continuing their education in college or being trained in the military.  I enjoy gardening, time at the lake, reading, and taking vacations with my family. 


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    God's love and care for me will endure for all time. He supports and sustains me in everything.


    What was the last TV show you binge watched?  What are you currently watching?

    Cobra Kai


    Hometown: Charter Oak, IA

    Bachelor's Degree: Bachelor in Education majoring in English and Health, Concordia University, Seward, NE

    Master's Degree: Educational Literacy with a Reading Teacher License and a Reading Specialist License, Concordia University, Mequon, WI

  • Mrs. Lee

    reading interventionist and art

    I was born and raised in Wisconsin Rapids and feel blessed to be part of the Immanuel teaching family. Everyday is an opportunity to share, learn, and grow in Jesus and His love. And everyday is an adventure! As a reading interventionist and an art teacher I get the chance to share two of my passions with my students: reading and art! I also enjoy road trips, spending time at the lake, campfires, and spending time with my family. 


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Jesus will be there for me always. It doesn't matter where I am or what's going on, I can trust that "He will go before me, walk beside me, and stand behind me."


    What's your favorite board game? Why do you like it so much?

    My favorite board game is Pictionary... I know that's a shocker coming form the art teacher, but I love the challenge of it, seeing how people's minds work to make connections, the fact that anyone can play and it brings back fun memories of playing it with friends, family, and roommates.


    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Bachelor's Degree: Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin, Superior

    Minor: Social Studies

    Reading Teacher License: University of Wisconsin Stout

  • Mrs. Venessa Gronski

    special education

    I was born and raised in Nekoosa, with my younger brother, and I continue to live there with my husband and two children (Brenna and Josiah). Post high school, I attended the University of  Wisconsin - Stevens Point, receiving a bachelor's degree in Special Education, with specific emphasis in Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional-Behavioral Disorders.  I also earned a master's degree in Curriculum Design and Assessment from Olivet Nazarene University, Illinois.  I have been teaching for 22 years, with the last 20 years' experience at a school in a neighboring community.  In following God's plan to make a change in my life, I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Immanuel family this year!  I love that the love of God, and the salvation message, is infused in all that Immanuel does, while holding very high academic standards.  Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, extended family, and friends.  I also enjoy traveling, visiting historical sites, biking, being outdoors, and playing the piano/singing on our worship team at church.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Jesus is my Everlasting Rock in that nothing shakes, moves, or shatters Him. He NEVER changes. He is ALWAYS there for and with me - no matter the circumstance. He is NOT a wishy-washy God. He is immovable! Because of that, I canTRUST and depend on Him no matter what is happening or what life throws my way!


    Where's the next place on your travel bucket list and why?

    Travel bucket list... oooooh, that's a tough one, because I love to travel any place that has historical attractions. There are so many places to choose from! I think next on my list of places to go to is Historical Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. I was there when I was 5 or 6'ish, and just remember being in awe and thinking it was really cool. I'd like to experience it as an adult. Bonus: I have relatives living in that area. It is a history rich (well, I hope it remains so) area around and in between those two sites.


    Hometown:


Early Childhood and Elementary Staff

  • Mrs. Wendy Betts

    4k teacher

    I grew up in a small town in western Iowa.  I went to college at Concordia University Nebraska, and my first call as a teacher was spent in Pittsburgh, PA.  I have had many different roles at Immanuel, and currently I am enjoying being a reading teacher and curriculum coordinator.  What I love most about teaching is sharing Jesus with students and their families as well as sharing my love for reading with my students.  I have three children who have all recently graduated from high school and are either continuing their education in college or being trained in the military.  I enjoy gardening, time at the lake, reading, and taking vacations with my family. 


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    God's love and care for me will endure for all time. He supports and sustains me in everything.


    What was the last TV show you binge watched?  What are you currently watching?

    Cobra Kai


    Hometown: Charter Oak, IA

    Bachelor's Degree: Bachelor in Education majoring in English and Health, Concordia University, Seward, NE

    Master's Degree: Educational Literacy with a Reading Teacher License and a Reading Specialist License, Concordia University, Mequon, WI

  • Mrs. Pam DeRoche

    4K co-teacher and first grade PM aide

    I am originally from the Chicago suburbs but have lived in Lisbon, Portugal for almost 2 years and here in central Wisconsin for 13 years. I am grateful to be married to my best friend Dan and also grateful to be a mom to our daughter Abby and son, Jared. Working with children and letting them know they are special and dearly loved by God is a passion of mine. In my free time I enjoy baking, gardening, walking, and hanging out with my family.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?


    He is the One I build my life on. He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That fact alone brings me peace and strength each day.


    Do you have a favorite holiday? Why or why not? If you have a favorite, why is it your favorite?

    I seriously love all the holidays, but I guess I'll choose Christmas. Celebrating the wonder of Jesus coming to Earth, making memories with family, making cookies with my kids, decorating, eating, singing Christmas songs, etc. It's hard to beat.


    Hometown: South Elgin, IL

    Bachelor's Degree:  Elementary Education

    Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL

  • Miss Laura Kester

    kindergarten teacher

    I am originally from a small rural town in East Central, Minnesota. I graduated from Concordia University St. Paul with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. My first call was to teach in Dubuque, Iowa, where I taught Kindergarten for three years. My second call is to Immanuel, where I am excited to continue teaching Kindergarten. 


    When teaching, I keep Proverbs 22:6 close to my heart. "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." This verse embodies my purpose as a Lutheran educator and serves as a reminder to me. Kindergarten is that magical time when students get that first real experience of school. It is my job to help start students off on the right path by instilling in them a love for school. Not only that, I get to do it with Christ at the center of it all, which is pretty amazing!


    A little bit about myself,  I love all things crafty, creative, and artistic. I am also a huge Disney fan: any of the movies, music, and TV shows! I also enjoy spending time with my family back in MN. I am thankful to be a little closer to home than I was before! 


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Jesus is my Everlasting Rock because he has been with me and guiding me throughout my life. As a child growing up to teenager and adult, my major life decisions have been guided by my faith. I have placed my trust in him as that rock-solid foundation in my life, and it has helped me in times of loss and pain and in times of happiness and joy. My life is so intertwined with my faith that it would feel empty if Christ wasn't there supporting me.  


    If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

    This is a hard question, but I guess I would have to say chocolate chip pancakes. I have good memories of my mom making the best homemade chocolate chip pancakes on Saturday mornings. Every time I go home to visit she always whips up a batch! She makes extra since they freeze well so I can take some with me when I leave.


    Hometown: Sandstone, MN

    Bachelor's Degree:  Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Concordia St. Paul, MN

    Minors: Lutheran Theology

  • Lisa Leverance

    kindergarten AM aide

    Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to teach children. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the little ones. I have provided child care in the Wisconsin Rapids area for over 31 years to a variety of ages. 


    I was born and raised in Wisconsin Rapids and went to a parochial grade school as a child. This opportunity instilled a passion for Jesus in my everyday life and a learning about his undying love for us.


    I’ve been married to my best friend, Tim for 29 ½ years. (Which by the way I met at the parochial grade school.) He works for Ocean Spray in Wisconsin Rapids as a

    maintenance planner. 


    We have 2 awesome children. Our son Tyler is 26 years old and lives in Green Bay.  He is a MAKO product specialist at Stryker Orthopaedics. (He gets to run a really cool robot for surgeries.) Tyler is engaged to Bridget and getting married September 27, 2019.  Our daughter Sarah is 24 years old and graduated from UW-Oshkosh in May. She lives in Sun Prairie and is a care coordinator/marketing specialist for CI Therapies. (She gets to work at a variety of locations in the Madison area.)  Sarah is engaged to Steve and they are planning a fall of 2021 wedding date.


    Both Tyler and Sarah attended Immanuel Lutheran School from Kindergarten – 8th grade and graduating. The education they received here is outstanding and still to this day has shaped their lives and relationship with Jesus.


    In my spare time I like to go to concerts, read and travel…especially to the beach. 

    I’m excited to be a part of Immanuel Lutheran School again and to help teach and share God's wonderful love for us.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?


    Do you like going to the movies or do you prefer to watch at home? What is your favorite movie? Why?




    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Associate's Degree: Early Childhood Education

    Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids

  • Jennifer Creely

    kindergarten PM aide

    I was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and then moved to Florida when I was 16. I was homeschooled through highschool and absolutley loved it. While in high school I had my own cake decorating business and thought for sure I could end up on the Food Network one day. I have always loved working with children and through the years I have taught Sunday School, VBS, and helped other homeschooling families teach their children. I have been married to my husband Steve for 15 years and we have two boys, Chris and Levi. I am so blessed that my boys and I are daily surrounded by teachers and staff who truly love Jesus and love others. This is my second year at Immanuel and I am so excited to see what this year holds. 


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Everlasting Rock to me means that no matter what I am going through, Jesus is my strong foundation. He holds me up and stands secure.


    What's your favorite family memory from your childhood?

    My favorite memory from childhood would probably be all the Sunday afternoons spent with family. We would get together at my grandparents' house after church and stay there for hours just talking, playing, laughing, and eating some great southern food!


    Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

  • Miss Jessica Stockinger

    first grade teacher

    I grew up in the Milwaukee area. I moved to Stevens Point for college, where I graduated with an Elementary Education degree in May 2019 and currently reside. I have a large family and they are a big part of my life. As cliche as it sounds, since I was little I have always wanted to be a teacher; I always looked up to my teachers in the classrooms and when I was younger, that is what I played when I was at home (even if it was by myself).  I did my student teaching in a first grade classroom and I LOVED it so much. I am so excited to spend my time here at Immanuel and am so thankful the staff and faculty are so supportive and caring.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    The Lord being my Everlasting Rock means that no matter the struggles I am going through, he stands strong and is there with me through it all; I can rely on him through every storm and struggle.


    What's one thing that can instantly make your day better?

    One thing that can make my day better is nice snuggles from my puppy; I guess I even enjoy the crazy jump on me snuggles too.


    Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI

    Bachelor's Degree Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin Steven's Point

    Minor: Mathematics

  • Misty Christensen

    first grade AM aide

    I was born and raised in Wisconsin Rapids. I went to St Paul’s Lutheran School, Lincoln High School and Midstate Technical College. I worked for 15 years at Renaissance Learning which is where I met my husband, Jeff. I also owned and operated a pottery studio for many years called Under the Sun Pottery Fun and I am a certified Turbo Kick instructor.  After having our two children, I left Renaissance Learning to became a stay-at-home mom. Now that my children are both in school full time, I’m fortunate to be able to work as a teacher's aide at Immanuel. Our family enjoys camping and we have one dog named Mario and two cats named Latte and Lola.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    The Lord is an Everlasting Rock to me because I know when it feels like the world is crumbling down around us, he is there supporting and guiding us with his unwavering love.


    What's your go-to guilty pleasure?

    Curling up in a warm snuggly blanket while eating popcorn and watching a good movie.


    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

  • Mrs. Sharon Dykstra

    second grade teacher

    I was born in Illinois and grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois where I attended Immanuel Lutheran and Maine West High School. During those years I was involved in volleyball, badminton, and played the clarinet in concert and marching band. After high school I attended Valparaiso University and Concordia University in Chicago, where I received my teaching degree. My first teaching call brought me here to teach first grade, but through the years I have enjoyed teaching second, third, and even a few classes in sixth and eighth grade. Presently I am looking forward to spending my days with a room full of eager, second graders. What a blessing it is to spend my days sharing the love of Jesus with these little ones! I am married to my husband, Mark. We have been blessed with three sons-Keith, Kevin, and Steven. When I am not busy in the classroom or doing school work, I like to spend time with Mark and also visit our sons. Together we take walks with our dogs, Sophie and Smokey. I also enjoy taking long bike rides, playing board games, and doing some scrapbooking when I have time.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    The Lord is my Everlasting Rock because He is strong. He has power over all creation, including sin, death, and the devil. My sins are forgiven and I will live forever with Jesus. So, I know that through all of the storms that come in life He loves me and that He will carry me through them. I can trust in Him!


    What was your favorite age growing up? Why was it your favorite?

    I think this is a trick question. OK, laugh with me. At one time I looked at my high school days or college days as the fun, carefree days. Then I felt the joy of meeting a fun-loving guy and growing together in the early marriage years. Life just got busier as there were additions to the family, and watching our sons grow up. Now I look back and see joy and many happy memories in each stage of growing up. There are still more memories to make.


    Hometown: Des Plaines, IL

    Bachelor's Degree: Elementary Education, Concordia University, River Forest, IL Concentration: Early Childhood and Math

  • Carol Molski

    second grade AM aide

    I have lived in Wisconsin Rapids my entire life.  I lived on a dairy farm until I was 12 years old. My jobs on the farm included taking care of the chickens and helping with the milking.  I loved living on a farm, and also spending time with my grandma, who lived just up the road from us.
    After high school, I studied at UWSP and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. I accepted a job with the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, and worked there for 32 years, retiring in June 2020. During my years of teaching I also earned a Masters degree in Reading Specialization.  
    I met my husband while I was in high school.  We have been married for 36 years and have two daughters.  Cassie lives in South Dakota and is married to Andrew.  Courtney lives in Cumberland, Wisconsin and is married to Cole. 
    I am excited to be an aide at Immanuel Lutheran. It gives me the chance to stay connected to children, but also gives me time to pursue other opportunities. 


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Jesus is my Everlasting Rock because he is my strength. He can get me through all of the hardships of this world. When I feel weak and want to give up, His strength pulls me through.


    What was the best vacation you ever took and why?

    This is a tough question because I love to travel and have been fortunate to travel to many wonderful places! One of the best vacations was when my husband and I traveled to a tiny fishing village in Mexico and rented a little house on the beach. We ate delicious food, met wonderful people, and snorkeled everyday. The most amazing thing of all was seeing huge sea turtles in the ocean everytime we snorkeled!


    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Bachelor's Degree Elementary Education,  University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

    Master's Degree Reading Specialization

  • Melissa Call

    second grade PM aide (4 days)

    I grew up in Pelican Rapids, MN with my mother, father and brother. I graduated high school in 1992 and moved to Duluth, MN to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth. While in college I performed with the college choir. We traveled to Europe and performed for 2 weeks. I also was lucky enough to participate in an opera with the Royal Swedish Opera Company. I graduated college in 1996 with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in music and women's studies. I moved to Wisconsin 13 years ago and have been married for 12 years this October. We have 3 children, Logan (25), Caitlyn (18) and Samuel (10). We are big homebodies.... If not going to Viroqua for farming or around the state for hockey we are home, and I'm either gardening or quilting.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Jesus is my everlasting rock because he in unwavering in his strength and love for me.


    What's your favorite quote from a movie, book, or TV show? Why do you like it?

    "there's no place like home" Wizard of Oz.... home with my family is my favorite place to be.


    Hometown: Pelican Rapids, MN

    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, University of Minnesota - Duluth

    Minor: Music and Women's Studies

Middle School Staff

  • Mrs. Susan Cour

    third grade co-teacher

    I grew up in a small suburb of Chicago. I have always had a love for children and animals. I originally attended college to be a biologist, with a life long dream of studying wolves in Yellowstone. However, God had other plans and I ended up graduating with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught in Illinois for several years and then at Immanuel for 1 year before staying home to have children.  For the past almost 11 years I have been blessed to be serving as Admissions Counselor here at Immanuel. In 2016 I had the opportunity to step back into the classroom as well and I am enjoying my time teaching God's children. I love my career as I have the opportunity to meet new people, be around children, and still raise my family. God is amazing!


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    When I think of a rock, of course I think of solid and unbreakable, something that not even wind and rain can move.  Applying this idea to my Lord and Savior gives me the hope that regardless of what the world or Satan may throw my way, I can lean on my Everlasting Rock.  I may wither but Jesus NEVER will.  He is solid, unmovable, and a firm foundation for my life. Building my life on the Everlasting Rock brings my hope, peace, and joy regardless of my situation.


    What's on your bucket list?

    I LOVE to travel.  I don't travel out of the country as often as I'd like, but on my bucket list would be to visit a handful of places for various reasons.  I'd love to go to Germany to discover more about my heritage.  I'd visit Italy to spend time with our Italian daughter (an exchange student who lived with us for several months).  I'd also visit Ireland, Australia, and Alaska.  I would also love to spend at least two weeks somewhere like Fiji, Tahiti, the Maldives, or Aitutaki.  I'd love to just check one of those off my list in the next several years.


    Hometown: Island Lake, IL

    Bachelor's Degree: Early Childhood Education, Concordia University, River Forest, IL Concentration: Psychology

  • Mrs. Gabi Scheunemann

    third grade co-teacher

    I was born and raised right here in central Wisconsin and am the oldest of 4 children. I attended the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point where I received a degree in Elementary Education with a Language Arts minor. I taught first grade for 5 years at a local elementary school and I love being back int he classroom part time serving as a co-teacher in 3rd grade! My husband and I have 4 children: Owen, Eden, Adah, and Lane. Our family enjoys the outdoors and raising the animals on our ever-expanding hobby farm. 


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?



    Which meal is your favorite: breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Why?



    Hometown: Nekoosa, WI

    Bachelor's Degree: Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

    Minor: Language Arts

  • Miss Allison Arnold

    fourth grade teacher

    I was born and raised in Port Washington, Wisconsin where I essentially lived until I moved to Wisconsin Rapids.  I began my education by obtaining a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts and becoming a cake decorator for over 10 years.  I loved every minute of it and it is still my favorite hobby.  However, God showed me in so many ways that my path to follow was in education. I listened to him and I followed his signs that he had been showing me all along.  I went back to school and graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  It was the easiest and best decision I have made, and it has put me exactly where I belong!


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Jesus is my Everlasting Rock because I know that no matter what I am going through or what comes my way, he is that reliable, solid foundation I can depend upon always.


    What song always gets you out on the dance floor, tapping your toes, or instantly improves your mood?

    Happy by Pharell Williams never fails to get me up and dancing!  It is such a happy, upbeat song that there is no way I can just sit there without at least clapping along to it!


    Hometown: Port Washington, WI

    Bachelor's Degree: Early Childhood Education from UW Milwaukee

  • Amanda Krug

    fourth grade aide

    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    I look at the peace and tranquility in my life as being my Everlasting Rock. As long as I continue to stand on the rock that Jesus has made for me, I will continue to be rewarded with no worries.


    Ideally, if you could do anything you wanted for your birthday, how would you spend it?

    I would go on a horseback riding trip in the Rocky Mountains with all my friends that are brave enough to go with me.


    Hometown:

  • Ms. Cortney Hahn

    fifth grade teacher

    I was born and raised in Wisconsin Rapids and I attended Immanuel from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The lessons learned, the firm foundation of my faith set, and the strong friendships that were formed at Immanuel have truly shaped my life. I'm so fortunate to have attended this school; and I am incredibly blessed to be back at Immanuel teaching and sharing my faith with these great kids! When I'm not in the classroom, my husband Devin and I enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, campfires, and just about whatever adventure comes our way. In April we were blessed with a healthy baby boy, Harrison. We are loving playing with him and watching him grow each day.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Having Jesus as my Everlasting Rock means that in good times and bad times, Christ is always there supporting me. When I feel like I am sinking, I need to stand on that firm foundation of my Everlasting Rock, Jesus Christ.


    Would you rather cook or order in? What's your favorite food to make or order?

    I would rather order food. My favorite food to order is Jambalaya or Shrimp pizza from Jokers.


    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Bachelor's Degree: Anthropology, University of MN, Duluth

    Bachelor's Degree: Secondary Social Studies Education, University of MN, Duluth

    Minor: Outdoor Education

Junior High Staff

  • Ms. Melody Czarapata

    sixth grade homeroom teacher

    I was born and raised in Wausau, Wisconsin and am happy to be teaching another year in the northwoods. I feel blessed to be a part of the Immanuel family, serving as the 6th grade homeroom and 8th grade English Language Arts teacher. I am overwhelmed with joy for the opportunity to share my passion for learning and Christ with my students each and every day. When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy reading, cheering on the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Bucks, watching Netflix, crafting, wandering the aisles of Target, and visiting with friends and family.

     

    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Jesus IS our Everlasting Rock! While this a metaphor (English teacher here - a figure of speech that is symbolic in its meaning, not literal), we know the Bible is the absolute word of God. When we are told that Jesus IS our Everlasting Rock, this is literally true! He is the foundation that I can always rely on.


    What was the last thing you read? What are you reading now?

    The last thing I read was Circe by Madeline Miller (Greek mythology-fiction). I am currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Holocaust-historical fiction).


    Hometown: Wausau, WI

    Bachelor's Degree: Elementary Education, Double Minor in English and Science, Concordia University, Mequon, WI

  • Mrs. Brittany Hokana

    seventh grade homeroom teacher


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?


    What's your most prized (non-living) possession and why?




    Hometown: West Bend, WI

    Lutheran Secondary Education and Broad field social studies, Concordia University Wisconsin

  • Mrs. Rebekah Drewiske

    eighth grade homeroom teacher

    I'm a math and science teacher so here is my life in numbers and facts:

    • 0 - number of animals in our home - let's not talk about the wildlife around my home!
    • 2 - the number of siblings I have AND the number of my grandparents STILL living
    • 3 - number of children we have
    • 6 - years I taught before staying home with our first child
    • 12 - years I attended a Lutheran school including college at Concordia University in River Forest, IL
    • 16 - the December day I was born in Lansing, MI - many moons ago
    • 17 - years it took to get me back into the classroom full-time
    • 19 - years I have been married to Greg
    • 23 - years I have lived in Wisconsin Rapids
    • 16:3 - my confirmation verse found in Proverbs - one that still guides me everyday.
    • Innumerable - the gifts and blessings God has given me

    This year's theme is VICTORY and focuses on our victory through Jesus Christ.  What does this mean to you?

    Jesus promises to be with me ALWAYS, not just in the good times, but also in the bad times (and even the "meh" times) - THIS is how He is my Everlasting Rock. I know that I don't have to worry if He will leave me, or forget me, or brush me aside for someone more important. He loves ME and will guide me EVERY day.


    Is there a product you would not want to live your life without? Why not?

    I would not want to live my life without toothpaste. I just don't like the feeling of "fuzzy" teeth and I want to avoid dentures.


    Hometown: Lansing, MI

    Bachelor's in Education from Concordia University River Forest

Other Support Staff

  • Mr. Rob Judziewicz

    physical education

    I grew up and went to school in Greenfield, WI. I have been married to my wife Traci for 16 years and we have a son Andrew who is 14 and a daughter Kelsi who is 12.  I graduated with PE, Health, and APE in 2001 from UWSP.  The past 5 years I taught at Pacelli Catholic Middle School.  I look forward to the excitement and challenges at Immanuel Lutheran School. 


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Jesus is always there for me being strong, supportive, and something I can always go back to. Even when I don't seek him, I know he is always there for me. He will not waiver or let me down.


    What's your favorite way to spend time with your family?  How often do you get to  do this?

    Going on bike rides along the green circle. We haven't done it since July since we just got our bikes from the bike shop. Kids got new ones and mine was being fixed. Maybe 1 or 2 more times before cold takes over.


    Hometown: Greenfield, WI

    UWSP: PE, Health, and APE

  • Diana Hillemeyer

    music

    I grew up in Nekoosa, Wisconsin and graduated from Nekoosa High School. I then attended the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. My husband and I just celebrated our 21st anniversary and we have three wonderful children. This year I have been very blessed to serve as the music teacher here at Immanuel Lutheran.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    I love that Jesus is my Everlasting Rock. In a world where nothing is certain, I have confidence that Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In a world that has no hope, we have assurance that our Savior will never leave us or forsake us. Hallelujah that He is our Everlasting Rock!


    What's the next place on your travel bucket list and why?

    Our family really likes to visit historical places. A few years ago we went to St. Augustine in Florida and took a tour of the fort that was built in 1565. That was so cool! We would like to go to Boston and Williamsburg some day, but the next place we will probably go to is the Creation Museum in Kentucky.


    Hometown: Nekoosa, WI

    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin, Steven's Point

  • Ms. Hannah Maher

    a.m. and p.m. cougar kids


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Despite all the chaos and changes in our world today, Jesus is and always has been a solid rock to stand on. I cannot do any of this life without Him and knowing He is forever with me brings me so much peace.


    What's your favorite family tradition?  Why?

    Camping. I love to be outdoors in the summer and grew up camping with my family. Continuing that tradition with my daughter and watching her experience some of what I did when I was a child brings so much joy to me.


    Hometown: St. Paul, MN

    Any Degrees: AA, Working on BA

  • Mrs. Hannah Elgersma

    head cook

    I grew up in a small town on the northern side of Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada. Having attended a Christian elementary and high school, I fully appreciate the benefits of a Christian education. Additionally, my three children have been blessed to attend Immanuel. I enjoy serving God by serving food to the multitudes of children that pass through Immanuel's doors each year. And when I'm not doing that, my favorite activities include spending time with my husband and children, gardening, reading, stamping, and cooking.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?


    What are your hobbies and how did you get into them?


    Hometown: Waterford, Ontario, Canada

  • Mrs. Deb Fillmore

    hot lunch director and scrip coordinator

    This will be my 5th year here serving at Immanuel as the hot lunch director and my second year as the Scrip coordinator.  I am so happy to be a part of such an amazing school and church. My husband Matt and I have been married for 21 years. We have two children, Kyle who is 21 and Morgan who is 17 and is a senior at Lincoln High School. We also have a puppy named Millie and a new kitty named Yoda. Both of our kids went to school here at ILS from kindergarten through 8th grade. Our family enjoys watching all sports, especially football, baseball, and hockey. This is the 7th year our family is hosting players for the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings hockey team. We actually have three boys living with us this year. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, painting, reading, cooking, cleaning, and playing games.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Jesus is my everlasting rock by always being a constant in my life. He is who I lay my worries on and trust His plans.


    In the summer would you rather go to the beach, camping, or neither? Why?

    Definitely the beach! I love swimming and the sun! The hotter the better I always say.


    Hometown: Nekoosa, WI

    B.S. in Retail Studies from UW Stevens Point

  • Mrs. Cheryl Verhulst

    librarian

    I have been married 37 years and have two children. We were also foster parents for 12 years and helped raise over 50 children from 6 months to 18 years old. My grandson attends Immanuel and is in the 3rd grade.


    I taught in a Christian school for 10 years in Iowa, teaching junior and senior high math, literature, choir, band, drama, and working with the sports program. I also worked as an adjunct instructor in the Math and Science department of the local community college. We moved here in 2002 and I became the administrator of Community Christian Academy until it closed in 2008. 


    I now work at McMillan Library in both the customer service and technical service areas. I attend Faith Reformed Church and am in charge of the Children's Church program there.


    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Especially with everything that is going on its comforting to know that He is solid, unchanging, and able to support me in any circumstance because He is the foundation my life is built on.


    Does your family ever take trips together? If so, what is your favorite place to go?

    We love to take family trips to new places each year. Wherever we go my favorite is when we are all together. Its the memories each year that make it my favorite. I did love Arizona though:)


    Hometown: Sheboygan Falls, WI

    Bachelors in Elementary Education from Central College, Pella, IA

    Major in Math from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

    Masters in Educational Administration from Drake University, Des Moines, IA

    Food Handling Certification from the state of Wisconsin

    I was certified as a teacher K-12 and Principal K-12


  • Judy Papineau

    lunch assistant

    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?


    Which of your personality traits are you most proud of? Why?

  • Ashley Smazal

    lunch assistant

    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?


    If you had three wishes that could come true, what would you wish for?

  • Sarah Moss

    lunch assistant

    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?

    Jesus is my everlasting rock because in these trying times he keeps me on that solid foundation.. He keeps me grounded by his strength and love he has for all of us.


    If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

  • Kaity Betts

    recess supervisor, classroom aide

    The school's theme this year is EVERLASTING ROCK. How is Jesus your Everlasting Rock? What does our theme verse mean to you?


    If you only had one sense (smell, taste, etc.) which would you want? Why?