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. 


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

    Victory is knowing that I have God by my side to encourage and support me in the challenges of life and overcome sin, death, and the devil.  


    What motivates you to work hard?

    My motivator in life is to win more souls for Jesus. I hope that people see Jesus through my actions in life as I work to lead by example.


    What is your proudest accomplishment?

    My proudest accomplishments are being a parent and seeing how my children can make an impact in this world.

     

    Hometown: Clearwater, MN

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

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

  • Mrs. Sue Zolnik

    school secretary

    I am married to Craig and have 2 daughters, Danielle and Sadie Jo, son in law Ben and 3 grandchildren, Liam, Nora Jane, and Carson. I also have 2 dogs, Remington and Diesel. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking, boating and reading. I have worked in a school setting for over 20 years with all age levels and truly enjoy working at Immanuel Lutheran School. God has blessed me richly with great family and friends!


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


    Hometown: Menomonie, WI

  • 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 8 years I have been blessed to be serving as Admissions Counselor here at Immanuel. Last year 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!



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

    Our theme verse this year reminds me that I am abundantly loved by a Creator who gave His only son so that I may one day live in His presence.  Jesus' victory over death is perfect and given to me through grace alone. Nothing I can do could ever be enough. Praise be to God that He gives me the victory and that I can live each day as a loved and forgiven child of God.


    What was your first job?

    When I was in junior high I began babysitting and continued that throughout college. However, my first job in high school where I didn't get to pick my days and times was working at a video store next to my house.  It was convenient and provided me with my fun money and money for college.


    What is your favorite family holiday tradition?

    I think my favorite family holiday tradition is everything we do surrounding Christmas.  We attend Christmas Eve service together as a family, open stockings the next morning before attending church on Christmas day, and before we open our presents in the afternoon we sing a few favorite Christmas carols.



    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. 


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

    Victory through Jesus' death and resurrection means that like a good book, I can navigate the adventures of life, but I already know how my story ends.  Jesus, my hero, has already defeated the villain.  Good has overcome, the tomb is empty, and I get to live forever with Jesus.


    What is your child's/children's proudest accomplishments?

    While I am proud of all three of my children for numberous accomplishments, what gives me the most joy is seeing them live out their faith as they grow into adults.  In their baptisms they became children of God living in His grace, in 8th grade they confirmed their faith in front of their church family, and now as they become adults, I love seeing opportunities they take to serve others that God has placed before them.  It's not really about what they have done or who they are.  It's important to me that they always know Whose they are.


    What is your favorite book to read?

    Choosing just one favorite book to read is really impossible.  However, to narrow it down I reallly enjoy reading science fiction and historical fiction.  One of my favorite science fiction books that I have reread numerous times is On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson.  One of my favorite historical fiction books is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.



    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. 


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

    To me this means a celebration of Jesus victory over sin, death, and the devil. Knowing that He has forgiven my sins, that He is always with me, and that he has plans for me not only on this earth but also with Him in heaven.


    If you were a super-hero what powers would you have?

    I would definitely have the power to teleport. Just think of all the places out there to visit! And I could go anywhere at any time. It's cold outside? Hello Hawaii! Hungry for pasta? Head to Italy for supper. And I'd never have to sit in traffic!


    What form of public transportation do you prefer? (air, boat, train, bus, UBER, etc.) Why?

    My favorite form of public transportation would be anything on the ground. I'm not a fan of flying and I get seasick with big waves. 


    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.


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

    What VICTORY means to me is never again being separated from the love of God because of what Jesus did.  I do not have to strive to be a "good" person to be loved and accepted by God, but can live out of His love because my every sin, weakness, sickness and disease has already been paid for on the cross.  The devil and death have been defeated!  My victory comes through the blood of Christ, shed for me and you!  I get to live with my Savior forever! THAT is ultimate victory! 


    Who is your favorite author?

    I do not have a favorite author... there are so many outstanding ones!  My favorite genre is Dystopian, and I enjoy reading just about any youth fictional novels. The Giver, Maze Runner, Summer of the Monkeys, Harris and Me, Hatchet series, and My Side of the Mountain are just a few of many titles coming to mind.


    Do you like or dislike surprises?  Why or why not?

    I actually love surprises!  The unexpected comes with spontaneity and pureness of heart. I have no set expectations I've set in my mind to be played out, which leaves no room for disappointment.  I suppose there are a few instances in which surprises aren't so great, but it's those times/experiences that allow me a choice to grow in my character even more. 


Childcare


  • Ms. Teresa Wells

    child care director and lead teacher

    I was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan (GO BLUE!). From a very early age I knew I wanted to become a teacher, yet it wasn’t until my own children were older that I started to pursue my dream. I went to work for the Head Start program in Lansing and was encouraged to take classes for early childhood. I attended Lansing Community College and received my Associate Degree in Child Development (2000). After a short break I went back and received my Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood (2010) and my Masters Degree in Education (2012) both form Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. In 2013 I started teaching Early Childhood Education part time as an Adjunct Professor for Rasmussen College. After 25 years working for the Head Start program I resigned and accepted the position as Child Care Director and Teacher for Immanuel Lutheran School. I have been blessed with three amazing adult children and 7 awesome grandchildren, ranging in ages 7 months to 15 years. I also

    have a “fur baby”, Jazzy who is 8 years old.


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




    Hometown: Lansing, MI

    Associates Degree:  Child Development, Lansing Community College, MI

    Bachelor's Degree: Early Childhood Education, Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa.  

    Minor: Special Education

    Master's Degree:Education, Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa 

  • Mrs. Lisa Leverance

    child care teacher

    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.



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

    Jesus died on the cross and rose again on Easter morning.  He has victory over the devil and death. I am a sinner and will have a place with him in heaven because of what he did for ALL of us.


    What is your favorite zoo animal? 

    I love to visit the zoo so it is very hard to pick just one. I would have to say ocean animals such as dolphins, seals, walruses and whales. They are very intelligent creatures and I love the ocean.


    If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be? Why?

    This is a very difficult question to answer.  We all live with things we would like to change.  As I have gotten older, I've come to realize that life is too short to go back and change things if you could.  So I guess I wouldn't change a thing.  

         God has a plan.  All of the decisions and things in my life have happened for a reason. They have made me who I am today.


    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Associate's Degree: Early Childhood Education

    Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids

Early Childhood and Elementary Staff

  • Miss Dian Schlichtmann

    4k teacher

    From the time I was little, teaching has been my passion. What a joy it is to spend my days teaching God's little ones about His love and promises. There is no better learning we will ever receive than to truly understand that "Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so!"  To God be the glory!


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

    "Victory" through the eyes of the world typically revolves around a specific time or event and includes gold medals, being #1, and either hard fought achievement or "luck." Unfortunately, these types of victories are short-lived - medals tarnish, records are broken by those who are stronger/faster/smarter and, inevitably, the cheers fade away. Thankfully, VICTORY through Jesus Christ is so much more! Because Jesus paid the penalty for my sins by dying on the cross and rising triumphantly from the dead, HIS VICTORY over sin, death, and the devil has become MY VICTORY (and yours too!). I can be confident of this VICTORY 24/7/366 (it's leap year this school year); HIS VICTORY will not tarnish or fade or be overcome by anyone else. HIS VICTORY is MY VICTORY (and yours too!) not due to my hard work/effort or "luck" but solely because of Jesus' steadfast love for me (and you!).  Each moment of every day is time to CELEBRATE the VICTORY!


    What's your favorite family recipe?

    One of my favorite family recipes is Grandma Schlichtmann's Christmas Bread. It's a festive yeast bread that is simply delicious! For decades it has been a tradition for me to make this for the rest of my family when we are together during the holidays.


    What three things do you think of the most each day?

    Jesus, my family and students, chocolate


    Hometown: Hillsboro, ND

    Bachelor's Degree: Elementary Education, English Concentration, Concordia University, Seward, NE

    Minor: Primary Education

    Early Childhood Certificate from Pacific Lutheran University

  • Mrs. Jennifer Creely

    morning 4K assistant

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



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  • Ms. Sarah Albright

    afternoon 4K assistant

    I am a lifelong resident of Central Wisconsin - aside from my college years in the Twin Cities. I have been a member of ILC since 1985 and graduated from ILS in 1991. To say Immanuel has had a positive impact on my life is putting it mildly. I’m looking forward to spending my afternoons with the 4K class & learning to view God's creation through their joy-filled eyes. I’m a mom to 3 amazing kids - Alex, Abigail & Sadie and enjoy most types of crafting and all types of traveling. 



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



    Hometown: Vesper, WI


  • 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! 


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

    I think of victory as wining a battle. Battles can take many forms they don't just have to be physical, they can be mental and emotional battles as well. Generally a battle takes a toll on the person who is fighing, it wears them down and they are pushed to their limits. However, what gives me peace is knowing that we are not fighting these battles alone, we have Christ who walks along side us and picks us up and even takes our place so that we don't have to fight anymore. The price has been payed the battle is won by Jesus's death and resuruction on the cross so we can stand victorious with him in heaven.  


    Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

    I am going to assume internet is a necessitiy and choose my Roku, I love watching TV shows and movies on Netflix or Prime Video. It is how I relax and decompress at the end of the day. I am usually working my way through some sort of TV show, of course in the summer I can binge watch a little faster!  I even have an app on my phone to keep track of where I am at in different shows and how many episodes I have left. I love finding a new show and getting swept up in the characters and the story lines. I don't limit myself to one genre, I am pretty all over the map. If you have a good recommendation let me know!  


    Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    Hopefully I am still using my God givien talents to teach and share Jesus with students in a Lutheran school. I would also like to do some traveling and vist Disneyland so I can compare it to Disney World. If I am feeling really adventrous visit all the intenational Disney parks. Another total bucket list item would be going to ComicCon and being able to meet some celebrties from some of my favorite shows. "Adventure is out there!" -UP


    Hometown: Sandstone, MN

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

    Minors: Lutheran Theology

  • Mrs. Pam DeRoche

    kindergarten teacher assistant

    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.



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

    Victory through Jesus means to me that death, sadness, sin, evil, and sickness doesn’t have the final say.  Jesus conquered it all by dying on a cross for us, rising again, and one day will return.  His victory is my hope!


    What did you want to be when you were growing up? Would you ever consider that career choice now?

    I wanted to be a lot of things growing up-teacher, mom, baker, missionary, nurse, and meteorologist.  I am fortunate to have been at least half of them. 


    If you could choose to do anything for one whole day, what would it be?

    I'd spend the day exploring a new city with my family.



    Bachelor's Degree:  Elementary Education

    Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL

  • 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.


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

    Victory to me is the process of going through something tough and getting through it. We all struggle with things and being able to overcome those struggles is the real victory, no matter how small the struggle may be.


    How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? If you only had 5 minutes to get ready, what is one step of your morning process that you couldn't leave home without doing?

    I am not a high maintenance person, so the most important thing for me to do before leaving the house is getting dressed! I also always have to do the "phone, keys, wallet, CHECK" before I go. My time to get ready depends on how long I want to sleep in and what I am leaving to do. It can take anywhere from 10 minutes to usually 30 minutes to get ready most mornings. 


    What's your favorite fast food chain?

    I don't know if I can say I have one favorite fast food place; I have my specific go-to foods at different places.  I will say though, I can almost never go wrong with some pizza (or Wendy's spicy chicken nuggets)!



    Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI

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

    Minor: Mathematics

  • Ms. Sandy Hoefling

    first grade teacher assistant

    My name is Sandy Hoefling.  I have 6 children: Bobby, Toby, Chase, Travis, Faith, and Hope.  I also have a grandson, Dominic. My two youngest children go to Immanuel. I grew up and went to school in northeastern Illinois and I moved to central Wisconsin in 2000.



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


  • 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.



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


    What would you sing at karaoke night?

    In truth I would never get up and sing in front of people.  Although I can stand in front of little ones and teach all day, I fear speaking in front of adults.  In an empty room I would be humming or singing something off of the Christian radio station, something like "10,000 Reasons."


    Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house? Why?

    Of the jobs listed I would jump at the chance to mow the lawn.  I like to be outdoors, especially on nice summer days; I don't even mind the heat.  



    Hometown: Des Plaines, IL

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

  • Amanda Krug

    second grade teacher assistant


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 9 years I have been blessed to be serving as Admissions Counselor here at Immanuel. Two years ago 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!



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

    Our theme verse this year reminds me that I am abundantly loved by a Creator who gave His only son so that I may one day live in His presence.  Jesus' victory over death is perfect and given to me through grace alone. Nothing I can do could ever be enough. Praise be to God that He gives me the victory and that I can live each day as a loved and forgiven child of God.


    What was your first job?

    When I was in junior high I began babysitting and continued that throughout college. However, my first job in high school where I didn't get to pick my days and times was working at a video store next to my house.  It was convenient and provided me with my fun money and money for college.


    What is your favorite family holiday tradition?

    I think my favorite family holiday tradition is everything we do surrounding Christmas.  We attend Christmas Eve service together as a family, open stockings the next morning before attending church on Christmas day, and before we open our presents in the afternoon we sing a few favorite Christmas carols.


    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 am looking forward to returning to the classroom part time as a co-teacher in 3rd grade! My husband and I have 3 children: Owen, Eden, and Adah.  Our family is in the process of starting our very own hobby farm and have been enjoying our little calf, chickens, and bunnies with the hopes of a large garden in the spring!



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

    To me, VICTORY through Jesus Christ means that Jesus overcame and conquered the grave so that we may have eternal life! 


    What would you do if you won the lottery?

    I would love to take our ENTIRE family on an annual vacation! 

    I’d love to see more of God’s beautiful creation and to share those experiences and memories with my loved ones! 


    What's your favorite type of foreign food?

    My favorite type of foreign food would be a toss up between Italian and Chinese! Yum!


    Hometown: Nekoosa, WI

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

    Minor: Language Arts

  • Rachel Olari

    third grade teacher assistant


  • 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!


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

    With any struggle that we come across in our lives, we are victorious the second we fight to overcome them.  Victory includes continuous strength, determination, and endurance to fight a battle that you come out on top of.  When I think about victory through Jesus Christ, I think of the battle He fought for each and every one of us so we no longer have to fight.


    What is your biggest fear?


    I am really afraid of heights!  I get scared walking across bridges or even up a set of stairs that don't have the backs on them.  I once went skydiving to attempt to get over my fear of heights.  It didn't work.


    What is your favorite family vacation?


    My family has taken many trips down to Florida, but my favorite vacation happened this past summer in June 2019.  We stayed in a condo on Okaloosa Island on Fort Walton Beach for about a week.  What made it my favorite vacation was that it was my (almost) 2-year-old nieces' first time on a beach and seeing the ocean!  We couldn't keep her out of the sand and pool the entire trip.  She looked like she was right at home playing in the sand and floating on her giant inflatable duck in the pool.  It was a new adventure for her and I absolutely loved sharing that experience with her and the rest of my family!


    Hometown: Port Washington, WI

    Bachelor's Degree: Early Childhood Education from UW Milwaukee

  • 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.



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

    When I hear our school theme VICTORY, I think of Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” He takes the burdens of our sins so that we may have victory in Jesus through the blood that He shed on the cross. Not only does He forgive, but He also forgets our sins! Jesus graciously wipes the slate clean, transforms our hearts and minds, and gives us the Holy Spirit to guide us.


    In the evening would you rather play a game, visit a relative, watch a movie, or read?

    In the evening I would rather watch a movie.


    Would you rather vacation in Alaska or Hawaii and why?

    Alaska and Hawaii are both on my list of places I want to visit, but if I had to choose one, I'd pick Hawaii. I love snorkeling and sunshine. I would also like to explore and learn more about the history and cultures of Hawaii.


    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 starting my fifth year of teaching 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 camping, reading, cheering on the Packers/Brewers, Netflix, and visiting with friends and family.

     


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

    Victory is the act or achievement of defeating an enemy in battle. When I think about our victory through Jesus Christ, I think about His victory over death and what that means for me, a sinful person, and the other sinful people of the world. There is temptation and tragedy all around us, but we can be assured that Jesus has fought and won the battle for us so that we can enjoy the victory with Him in heaven.


    What makes you laugh the most?

    The thing that makes me laugh the most is my fiance, Ryan. In another life, he could have been a radio talk show host or a voice actor for animated children's movies. His impressions and accents, while not always spot on, are definitely entertaining! If you see him, ask to hear his Arnold Schwarzenegger.


    What was the last movie you went to see?  What did you think?

    The last movie I went to see was Disney's live action version of Aladdin. It was the first movie I've seen at Cedar Creek Cinema since high school and their update to fancy reclining chairs! The music took a fun, modern twist on the original movie songs, and the graphics were awesome (especially the genie in the cave scene!). However, it's pretty hard to beat Robin Williams and the original Disney animation.


    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

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

    Victory means to me that a difficult obstacle was finally overtaken and won. Through Jesus, my sins no longer serve as a stumbling block/ obstacle for me. Because He was able to over come sin, death, and the devil on the cross, I am able to live knowing that I will one day join my victorious Lord in heaven. 


    If money was no object, what would you do all day?

    If money was no object, I would travel with my husband to all fifty states multiple times, Through these travels, I would take lots of photos so I better explain to my students how American history has truly impacted people and communities across the nation.


    How would your friends describe you?

    My friends would describe as a kind and passionate individual. I truly love helping throughout the church community and seeing how my talents can be used to better somebody else’s day. Additionally, they would say I am very passionate about American history and academics. Because I grew up loving my education that I received from the Lutheran grade school that I attended, I am passionate about sharing this same love of learning to my own students. 



    Hometown: West Bend, WI

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

  • Mrs. Rebekah Drewiske

    eighth grade homeroom teacher

    I was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. I began my teaching career at ILS in 1997 as a brand new graduate of Concordia University in River Forest, IL.I have been married for 16 years and a stay-at-home mom for 14 years. I have remained involved at ILS in various ways including being a substitute teacher, auction committee member, and room parent. This year is the only year that all 3 of my children will attend ILS together. This year begins a new phase in our lives as parents of a high schooler.



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




    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. 



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

    We can overcome all and I know He is always there supporting me.


    If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?

    1989. I would like to do my senior year over and guide myself to a different path.


    What is the best gift you have been given?

    an outdoor volleyball net



    Hometown: Greenfield, WI

    UWSP: PE, Health, and APE

  • Mrs. Ruth Macomber

    art teacher

    I was born in Southern Illinois, a "flat-lander".


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




    Hometown: Newton, IL

    Bachelor's Degree: Art Education, University of Wisconsin; Superior, WI

    Lifetime State of Wisconsin License in K-12 Art Education

    Masters in Education

  • Ms. Hannah Maher

    a.m. and p.m. cougar kids


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


    What's the tallest building you've been to the top of?

    Willis Tower in Chicago (previously the Sears Tower)


    How often do you buy clothes? What is your favorite article of clothing to

    purchase and wear?

    I buy clothes once in a while for myself---quite more frequently for my daughter. My favorite article of clothing would have to be either comfy pants or character tees.


    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.



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


    Hometown: Waterford, Ontario, Canada

  • Mrs. Deb Fillmore

    hot lunch bookkeeper and scrip coordinator

    This will be my 4th year here serving at Immanuel as the hot lunch director and my first 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 20 years. We have two children, Kyle who is 20 and Morgan who is 16 and will be a junior at Lincoln High School. We also have a new puppy named Millie. 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 6th year we are hosting a player for the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings hockey team. In my spare time I enjoy exercising, painting, reading, cleaning, and playing games.



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

    When I hear the word VICTORY, I think of a win and that we have won the best prize of all: Jesus' forgiveness through His greatest sacrifice.


    If I could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

    1.) Betty White   2.) Tim Gunn   3.) Jimmy Fallon   4.) My dad


    What's the longest you've gone without sleep and why?

    Nearly 24 hours. We were on our way to New York and our flight out of Milwaukee was delayed due to weather. So, to try to get us there as soon as the airline could, they put us on a plane to Atlanta. There we sat and waited for hours! Finally, they were able to get us a flight out the next morning to White Plains. (Needless to say, this particular airline is no longer in business.)


    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.



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

    Victory in Christ means He has overcome death and the grave so that as a child of God my sins are covered by Christ’s blood and I can know for sure that one day I will be with Him in heaven.


    What's your favorite family tradition?

    My favorite family tradition is the day after thanksgiving going out to a tree farm and cutting down our Christmas tree as a family. We spend a lot of time comparing and competing for who can find the best tree.

     

    What's your favorite movie? Why? 

    My favorite movie is parental guidance. So true as to how things are becoming with parenting the younger generation. Parents under 40 wouldn’t understand (lol)


    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