Elementary Teachers

Amy Bernhardt, 1st Grade Teacher

education

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary  Education, minor in Biology, Concordia University, River Forest, Il

experience

  • Bethlehem Lutheran, Chicago, IL, 1994-1995
  • Zion Lutheran, St. Charles, MO, 1995-1997
  • Zion Lutheran St. Charles, MO, 2006-present

I love teaching first grade because the students are so eager to learn and truly love going to school. I love to watch the students faith develop and have a front row seat to watch the Holy Spirit grow their faith. First Graders learn and change so much it is excited to be a part of that learning and growth.

Sara Kuhlmann, 1st Grade Teacher

education

  • B.S. in Elementary Education, Concordia University, Seward, NE
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Western Governor’s University

experience

  • Zion Lutheran, St. Charles, MO 2001-present

 

I love teaching 1st grade because I see such growth at this level and I love to teach students how to read. I also love teaching my students about Jesus!

Chris Ford, 2nd Grade Teacher

education

  • BA Elementary Education, Concordia University, Chicago, Illinois
  • MA Teaching/Curriculum and Instruction, St. Mary’s University, Leavenworth, Kansas

experience

  • Immanuel Chapel, St. Louis, MO, 1988 – 1990
  • Christ Lutheran School, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, 1990 – 2019
  • Zion Lutheran School, St. Charles, MO, 2019-present

I love teaching the early primary grades because children at this age are so eager to learn. Their curiosity about life is contagious! It is a joy to discover more about God’s creation with my students!

Emily Leeper, 2nd Grade Teacher

education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education endorsement Early Childhood, Concordia Nebraska

experience

  • Zion Lutheran School, 2018-present

 

Second graders are a special group! They are old enough to make choices and be responsible, but they are still so curious and interested in school! They have so many questions to ask and so much they want to know!

 

Becky Gregg, 3rd Grade Teacher

education

  • Bachelors in Communication Disorders, Missouri State University
  • Masters Degree in Speech Pathology–Missouri State University;
  • Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction–Missouri Baptist University

experience

  • Pevely Elementary School Pevely, MO. 2009-2019;
  • Westchester Elementary Kirkwood, MO 2019-2020;
  • Concord Elementary Sappington, MO 2020-2021;
  • Zion Lutheran School, 2021-present

Whether they are learning about God’s love, academic concepts, or how to be a good friend, third graders are endlessly curious. They have a great capacity for learning, caring, and laughing. I greatly enjoy spending my days with them.

Brittany Wondrasch, 3rd Grade Teacher

education

Bachelor or Science in Elementary Education- Concordia University Wisconsin

experience

  • St. John’s Lutheran School Chicago, IL – 2016-2017,
  • Zion Lutheran School St. Charles, MO – 2017-2019, 2022 – present

One of my favorite parts of teaching 3rd grade is how much the students love to learn. Their constant enthusiasm is contagious and makes me excited to go to work each day.

Sarah Jennings, 4th Grade Teacher

education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, minor in Psychology, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO
  • Master of Science in Computer Education, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO

experience

  • Parker Road Elementary, Florissant, MO, 2006-2019
  • Zion Lutheran School, St. Charles, MO, 2019-present

Teaching is my passion and I absolutely adore my 4th grade Scholars! Fourth graders are so inquisitive, fun, and eager to learn and succeed. They amaze me every day and I love laughing and learning together with them!

David Maddick, 4th Grade Teacher

education

  • Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education with Math and Language Arts concentrations, Concordia University, Seward, NE

experience

  • King of Glory Lutheran, St. Louis, MO,  2006-2011
  • King of Glory Lutheran Athletic Director, 2009-2011
  • Zion Lutheran, St. Charles, MO,  2011-present

 

It is a joy and privilege to teach children the Good News of Jesus Christ. Throw in a little Math and Reading, and now I have one of the coolest jobs possible.

Tammy Ernstmeyer, 5th Grade Teacher

education

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, minor in Physical Education, Concordia University, Seward, NE
  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus in Adolescent Literacy, Concordia University, Portland, OR

experience

  • St John Lutheran School, Seward, NE, 1995-1996
  • Christ Community Lutheran School, Webster Groves, MO, 1996-2000
  • Eastridge Elementary School, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE, 2000-2004
  • St. Paul Lutheran School, Jackson, MO, 2004-2013
  • Zion Lutheran School, 2014-present

I have always loved teaching upper elementary students. Fifth graders are learning to be more independent and organized. They are energetic and eager to learn.

Kara Cornejo, 5th Grade Teacher

education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Concordia University River Forest
  • Master of Arts in Educational Design and Technology, Concordia University Wisconsin

experience

  • Trinity Lutheran School, Jefferson City, MO, 2007-2009
  • Zion Lutheran School, St. Charles, MO, 2009-present

5th grade is such a wonderful year of growing and maturing. I love that my students still love school and come eager to learn. Their eagerness fuels my desire to bring fun and exciting things into the classroom.