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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?



    What is one important skill that you think everyone should have?



     

    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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    There are now 25 hours in a day? How would you spend your extra hour?


    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 13 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!


    Favorite Bible Verse:

    Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

    Galatians 2:20   I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God. 


    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?

    My family has the phrase "It's not what you say, it's how you say it." We use this to remind each other that the tone of our voice, how we treat someone, or how our body language is can send a very different message than what is actually coming out of our mouths.  I think of this when I think of being a disciple.  I can speak all about Jesus and what he has done for us, but to be a true disciple my life needs to show it.  The tone of my voice, my body language, how I treat someone I don't know or like, and how I live my life daily are all ways we can be disciples in action.


    When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    I love being a teacher and it is my true calling from God.  However, when I was a child and even into my first year of college I wanted a degree in biology so that I could work at Yellowstone National Park with the wolves.  I wanted to study them, rehabilitate, and just be offered the opportunity to observe them daily.  I find them to be fascinating, beautiful creatures.


    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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    What is one thing you look forward to doing when you retire?


    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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    What activity helps you relieve stress?


    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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

    Minor: Social Studies

    Reading Teacher License: University of Wisconsin Stout

  • Jonathan Blum

    facilities administrator

    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    At a company field day, what is the event you would most likely win?


    Hometown: 

    Bachelor's Degree: 

Early Childhood and Elementary Staff

  • Mrs. Wendy Betts

    4k co-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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    What is one thing you look forward to doing when you retire?


    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

    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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    What was your favorite childhood cartoon?



    Hometown: South Elgin, IL

    Bachelor's Degree:  Elementary Education

    Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL

  • Mrs. Ashlyn Krings

    4k aide

    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    If you won the lottery what's the first thing you would buy?

  • 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! 

    Favorite Bible Verse: 

    Ephesians 2:8-10: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.


    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?

    As I mentioned above, I keep Proverbs 22:6 in the back of my mind when teaching and the imagery of planting a seed. I am privileged with the responsibility to start these young Kindergarteners off in the way that they should go. I am making disciples by planting that seed of God's word and doing my best to give that seed a good foundation to grow throughout a child's life. Nurturing that seed of faith in our activities, the expectations of how we treat one another, and establishing their love of the Lord. As a teacher making disciples, I pray that this good start would stay with these students. They might fall away for a while, but the seed has been planted, and God has a plan to nurture it so that when these students are older, they will not turn from it. 


    If you could have dinner with any famous person, who would you choose?

    The Queen of Genovia Clarisse Renaldi, beloved nanny Mary Poppins and governess Maria von Trapp are all played by the iconic actress and national treasure Julie Andrews. It would be amazing to listen to the stories of her life and hear more about what it was like to play those famous roles.


    Hometown: Sandstone, MN

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

    Minors: Lutheran Theology

  • Mrs. Lisa Leverance

    kindergarten 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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    If you could compete in any Olympic sport, what would it be?


    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Associate's Degree: Early Childhood Education

    Mid-State Technical College, Wisconsin Rapids

  • 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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    If you could take a month to travel anywhere, where would you go?



    Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI

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

    Minor: Mathematics

  • Mrs. Misty Christensen

    first grade 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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?



    Who was your favorite teacher and why?



    Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

  • Mrs. Megan Kleinschmidt

    second grade teacher

    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    If you could take a year off from work what would you do with that time?


    Hometown: 

    Bachelor's Degree: 

  • Mrs. Jennifer Creely

    2nd grade 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.


    My husband Steve and I 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 fourth year at Immanuel and I am so excited to see what this year holds. 


    Favorite Bible Verse: 

    Jeremiah 29:11  "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?

    When I think of making disciples I think not only of going out and sharing the gospel with others but also of my daily words and actions. Is what I am saying and doing showing others the love of Jesus? I want to be a witness to others in my daily life by sharing the grace a love of Christ. I also think that making disciples starts in the home. I want to  teach my boys about their faith, what it means to live a Christian life, and help them to surround themselves with like minded friends. 


    If you could tour with any band, which band would you choose?

    I think touring with Garth Brooks or For King and Country would be so much fun. They both put on such a great show. 



    Hometown:   Huntsville, AL


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 13 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!


    Favorite Bible Verse:

    Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

    Galatians 2:20   I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God. 

     

    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?

    My family has the phrase "It's not what you say, it's how you say it." We use this to remind each other that the tone of our voice, how we treat someone, or how our body language is can send a very different message than what is actually coming out of our mouths.  I think of this when I think of being a disciple.  I can speak all about Jesus and what he has done for us, but to be a true disciple my life needs to show it.  The tone of my voice, my body language, how I treat someone I don't know or like, and how I live my life daily are all ways we can be disciples in action.


    When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    I love being a teacher and it is my true calling from God.  However, when I was a child and even into my first year of college I wanted a degree in biology so that I could work at Yellowstone National Park with the wolves.  I wanted to study them, rehabilitate, and just be offered the opportunity to observe them daily.  I find them to be fascinating, beautiful creatures.



    Hometown: Island Lake, IL

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

  • Mrs. Carrey Koran

    third grade co-teacher

    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    What do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?



    Hometown: 

    Bachelor's Degree: 


  • Mrs. Carrie Wenger

    third grade aide - am




    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    The best sandwich ever...what's on it for you?


    Hometown: 

    Degree:

  • Mrs. Ashlyn Krings

    third grade aide - pm

    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    If you won the lottery what's the first thing you would buy?


    Hometown: Nekoosa, WI


    Bachelor's Degree: 

  • Mrs. Erin Mehlberg

    fourth grade teacher

    I grew up on a dairy farm south of Eau Claire with my parents and two brothers. Following high school, I attended UW-Stevens Point where I obtained a degree in Elementary Education/Learning Disabilities. Shortly after, I received an Early Childhood Add-On and Masters Degree in General Education. I have been teaching since 1999 in a variety of grades (with the exception of a seven year break to stay at home with our children). My most recent position was teaching middle school at St. Paul Lutheran - Stevens Point.


    My husband Kurt and I call Junction City our home where we live with our three teenage children (Ethan, Kaitlin and Konnor). When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with family, boating, camping, making cards, and reading. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity to serve at Immanuel! Looking ahead to this next school year, I am beyond excited to meet the families of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, get to know the faculty/staff and witness all of the blessings God will bring.


    Favorite Bible Verse:

    Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?

    When I think of making disciples, not only do I think of the theme verse Matthew 28:18-20, but also 1 Thessalonians 5 regarding the building up of one another.  I believe we are not meant to do this life alone. As we go through good and bad days, God uses us as disciples to encourage one another through His word. My prayer is for all students to grow in every way, but especially spiritually as we learn how to share and model the love of Jesus to others. 


    What is your favorite line from a poem or song?

    I LOVE all Christian music, so this is a difficult question. Currently I would have to say my favorite line is “How good of God to be so good to me” by Matthew West.  Every time I hear it, it puts me in an extra good mood!


    Hometown:  Eleva, WI

    Bachelor’s Degree: Major in Elementary Education with a Middle School & Early Childhood Add-On, University of Wisconsin -Stevens Point

    Minor: Learning Disabilities

    Master’s Degree: General Education

  • Mrs. Deb Ciszewski

    fourth grade aide

    This is my second year as an aide at ILS.  I have 3 children and currently have one grandchild here at school. Another grandchild will be on board here a year from now. My husband, Rick works as a chef at Hilltoptop Assisted Living here in Rapids. I am involved at WR Community Theater and am an actor for crisis prevention for the Wood County Police Dep’t.  I have lots of hobbies and enjoy being an aide and helping out where I can at ILS.


    Favorite Bible Verse:

    Matthew 6:33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.


    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?

    Making disciples involves mentoring people after they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  It’s not about a religion—-it’s about a personal relationship with our risen Savior.  A changed heart should always lead to a changed life.  Opportunities are everywhere to encourage others in the Lord.


    What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

    I have been given lots of great advice.    I remember a pastor saying to never hold the things of this life very tightly or the Lord just may have to pry them out of our hands.  We are not here very long.  We are just passing through.  Make it count! 


    Hometown:   Wisconsin Rapids, WI

  • 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, sons Harrison and Cooper,  and I enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, exploring zoos and playgrounds, concerts, campfires, and just about whatever adventure comes our way. 


    Favorite Bible Verse:

    Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.


    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?

    This year's school theme Making Disciples, reminds me that I have the opportunity to witness God's love to others everyday through my words and actions, modeling and encouraging them to live their faith out loud.


                                                                                 What movie can you watch over and over?

    The Great Outdoors or Dumb and Dumber


    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 Wisconsin Rapids. 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 cheering on the Green Bay Packers, watching Netflix, crafting, wandering the aisles of Target, and playing board games with friends and family.

     

    Favorite Bible Verse:

    Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?

    The call of "making disciples" given to us in Matthew 28 especially resonates with me as a teacher with a classroom full of God's children in my care. I am charged with the duty of "teaching them to obey everything" He has commanded. That's a LOT of things! As a disciple-maker, I hope to lead Immanuel's students to grow in their faith and be lifelong learners of Christ, to have servant hearts that share the love of God through their words and actions, and to be confident to follow Christ in their daily lives and lead by example.


    What's your favorite TV series for binge watching right now? What did you just finish watching?

    I'll never get sick of watching Gilmore Girls. This summer I have been laughing my way through Modern Family.


    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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?



    What is your favorite dessert 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
    • 20 - years I have been married to Greg
    • 24 - 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

    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?



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



    Hometown: Lansing, MI

    Bachelor's in Education from Concordia University River Forest

Special Education


  • Mrs. Venessa Gronski

    special education teacher

    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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?



    If you could be any character from a childhood fairytale, who would you be?



    Hometown: Nekoosa, WI

    Bachelor's Degree: Special Education, UWSP

    Emphasis: Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional-Behavioral Disorders

    Master's Degree: Curriculum Design and Assessment, Olivet Nazarene University, IL

  • Pam DeRoche

    part time special education 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.



    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    What was your favorite childhood cartoon?



    Hometown: South Elgin, IL

    Bachelor's Degree:  Elementary Education

    Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL

  • Tia

    therapy dog


  • Asher

    therapy dog


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 19 years and we have a son Andrew who is 17 and a daughter Kelsi who is 15.  I graduated with PE, Health, and APE in 2001 from UWSP.  This is my 7th year at Immanuel Lutheran School. I have also been an employee of Kwik Trip for 21 years. My family and I really enjoy volunteering at Ruby's Pantry and hope others will come and join us. I look forward to a new year and how I can be a disciple to my school and community. 


    Favorite Bible Verse:



    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?

    I believe being a disciple is showing the way for others to follow and do the right things for themselves and others. 


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

    I guess right now it is my vehicle because I enjoy driving it and it gets me where I need to go. 


    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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    If you could only pick three foods to eat for a month, what three foods would you choose?



    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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


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


    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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    If you could have any superpower what would it be?


    Hometown: Waterford, Ontario, Canada

  • Mrs. Deb Fillmore

    hot lunch director and scrip coordinator

    This will be my 6th year here serving at Immanuel as the hot lunch director and my 3 rd 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 22 years. We have two awesome kids; Kyle is 22 and Morgan is 18. Both of them went to school here from kindergarten through 8th grade. We also have a super cute puppy named Millie and a beautiful green-eyed cat named Yoda. Our family enjoys watching all types of sports especially baseball, football, and hockey. This is the 8 th year our family is hosting players with the

    Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings hockey team. We actually have three boys staying with us this year from Iowa, Illinois, and Canada. In my spare time I enjoy exercising, painting, reading, baking, cleaning, and playing games.


    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    It's a rainy weekend and you are home along. How do you spend your time?



    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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    What's your favorite season and why?



    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 Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    What's the most sentimental gift you have ever received?


  • Sarah Moss

    lunch assistant

    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


    Would you rather go back in time or be transported to the future?

  • Jonathan Hokana

    technology

    The school's theme this year is Making Disciples.  What does this theme mean to you or what is one way that you can have an impact as a disciple of Jesus?


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

    If I could do anything for my birthday, it would be to either snuggle with our cat or to try and get back up flying.