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Mrs. Beth Hagedorn

 

3K Lead Teacher/ECM Director

Beth (Kramer) Hagedorn grew up in West Salem, Wisconsin, where she attended Christ St. John’s and then Luther High School. She then attended and graduated from Martin Luther College, in 2000. She has also served as a teacher at Mt. Calvary-Grace, La Crosse; St. Paul’s, Onalaska; Good Shepherd, West Bend; and Trinity, West Bend. She has taught all grade levels from K3-8th grade. She has also coached softball, basketball, volleyball, and track and field. Beth has been married to her husband, Dirk since 2000. They have been blessed with four children. When not in the classroom, Beth enjoys spending time with her family, reading, kayaking, exercising, and coaching.

 

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:3-6

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Mrs. Elizabeth Lueck

 

3K Teacher Assistant

Elizabeth Ann Lueck was born in Wurtzberg, Germany, and grew up in Sparta, WI. After graduating high school, she attended Western Technical College for Early Childhood Education and took some courses. She then took the online Preschool Credential Course at UW Platteville. She married Brad Lueck in May of 2002 and lives on his family farm. They ran an in-home child care center while her three children Caitlynn, Carson, and Cameron were growing up. She began working at  Christ-St. John's in August 2020 as the 3K teacher's aide. She loves watching the children learn and grow, their hugs, seeing their smiles, and their excitement about what they are going to learn at school. She enjoys gardening, taking care of her animals at her family hobby farm, spending time with family, camping, and going to her cabin.

 

Her favorite Bible passage is "The Lord is my strength and my shield my heart  trusts in him and I am helped."

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Mrs. Amy Cook

 

4K Lead Teacher, Art & Music Teacher

Amy Cook grew up in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. She attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN and graduated in 1988. After graduating, Amy taught 1st-2nd grade in Libertyville, IL. She lived in Waukesha, WI before moving to West Salem in 2013. Since living in West Salem, Amy is presently teaching art and music to grades 3-8 and now is the 4K teacher. Amy and her husband, Dan are blessed with three children – Hannah and Grace, both of whom are teachers in Michigan and Noah who is studying  to be a pastor. Amy loves serving as the 4K teacher and as a musician at Christ. She plays the organ for church services, sings in the church choir, and coordinates the music for the school.

Her favorite Bible passage is “Indeed, it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God..”

Ephesians 2:8 

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Mrs. Jamie Schroeder
 

4K Teacher Assistant

Jamie Lynn Schroeder was born in La Crosse and grew up in West Salem. After graduating high school, she attended WTC where she earned her surgical tech degree. She worked in surgery at Gundersen Health Systems for 14 years. She married Christopher Schroeder in 2014 and they have two children, Aliyah and Ayden, who attend Christ-St. John’s. She enjoys dancing and singing with her kids, sitting by the lake, and spending time with her family and their two golden retrievers.

Her favorite Bible passage is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13

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Mrs. Kris Schomberg

 

Kindergarten

Mrs. Amanda Johns

 

1st and 2nd Grade

Amanda Johns (Wiles) grew up in Freeland, MI, not far from Saginaw where she attended St. Paul’s Lutheran and then Michigan Lutheran Seminary. She followed in her mom’s footsteps and went to Martin Luther College, where she graduated with a degree in elementary education in 2014. She and her husband, Christopher, were married a month later and since then have had 3 beautiful daughters (Natalie, Lydia, and Emily). Amanda has spent most of those years as a stay-at-home mom, which she has enjoyed, but she is looking forward to teaching again this year. In her free time, Amanda enjoys crafts of all kinds (especially crocheting, painting, and drawing), reading, and playing games with her family.

Amanda’s favorite comforting section of Scripture is “So do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the unbelievers chase after all these things. Certainly, your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:31-34

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Mrs. Sarah Pfaff-Cavadini

 

3rd and 4th Grade

Sarah Pfaff-Cavadini is the third and fourth grade teacher at Christ-St. John’s Lutheran School in West Salem, Wisconsin.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree from UW La Crosse in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. She also has a Master’s Degree in Education and Professional Development, also from UW La Crosse.  After teaching over 20 years in the public school, she is excited to call Christ-St. John’s Lutheran School her new home.  She can now freely share the love of God with the children she teaches.  She and her husband Tim have 6 children and 11 beautiful grandchildren. She enjoys living on her hobby farm just outside of Mindoro.  She calls Christ Lutheran Church of Burr Oak her church home.

Her favorite Bible passage is 1 Peter 4:10 in which Peter writes,  “each should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” because teaching young minds about our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, is how she serves the Lord.

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Mr. Tim Voigt

 

5th and 6th Grade, Athletic Director

Tim was born and raised in Beaver Dam, WI. He graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in 1991. He previously served at Shepherd Lutheran in Albuquerque, NM, Trinity Lutheran in West Bend, WI, Atonement Lutheran in Milwaukee, WI, and Bethlehem Lutheran in Menomonee Falls, WI. He has been teaching at Christ-St. John’s since 2019. Tim and his wife Paulet have three children. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting, and golfing. He likes umpiring youth baseball and softball in his spare time.

His favorite Bible passage is “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:14

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Mr. Jace Fellers

 

7th and 8th Grade

Jace Fellers grew up in Charlotte, NC. He has nine older and younger siblings, where he is placed near the middle of the group. He attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary for high school, graduating in 2019. He continued his education at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN where he graduated in 2023. Christ-St. John’s is his first call and he is excited to be working with the faculty, staff, parents, and students. He is currently teaching 7th and 8th grade and being mentored to assume the principal position. Jace enjoys hiking, swimming, playing the guitar, and reading. 

 

His favorite Bible verse is Matthew 28:20b “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” He chose this passage because it reminds him that while teaching, God is with him.

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Mrs. Amber Frelitz

 

Administrative Release Teacher

Amber was born and raised in Bloomington, MN. She graduated from Martin Luther College in 2006 with an emphasis in teaching science. After graduating, she married her husband Don and spent several years as a stay-at-home mom raising their 3 children. Beginning in 2015, she taught as a principal release teacher for 5 years in Kenosha, WI, and one more child was welcomed into the family. In 2021, she served as an emergency full-time teacher in Tomah, WI. She is currently serving Christ-St. John's as a half-time administrative release teacher. Outside of school, Amber enjoys gardening, coloring, puzzles, taking photographs, watching movies, and spending time with her family.

 

Her favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 4:11-12 "He himself gave the apostles, as well as the prophets, as well as the evangelists, as well as the pastors and teachers, for the purpose of training the saints for the work of serving, in order to build up the body of Christ." 

 

She enjoys this passage because it speaks of the great privilege it is to be called to serve God’s people as a teacher. It also reminds her that while we are training our students academically we are also training them to serve their Lord as part of the body of Christ.

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Mrs. Lisa Black

 

Office Manager

Mrs. Lisa Black is from Onalaska, WI. She has been the office manager at Christ-St. John's for 13 years. She also teaches Sunday School at St. John's Lutheran Church in Barre Mills. She and her husband have 4 kids. She enjoys long walks and gardening.

Her favorite Bible verses are "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 and "I can do all things through him who gives me strength."

Philippians 4:13

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Mrs. Tara Dummer

 

Extended Learning Coordinator

Tara Dummer was born and raised in Green Bay WI.  After high school she attended UW La Crosse and graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and later a master's degree in special education.  While in college she met Mike Dummer and they were married in 2006.  Prior to working at CSJ in the fall of 2022, she was blessed to stay home with her 5 boys, Carson, Zac, Alex, Jer, and Jacob.  Tara also has a passion for music and teaches piano lessons.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor adventures, and playing games of all sorts.

 

Her favorite Bible passage is "Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

 

When the days get crazy and life sometimes seems out of control, this verse reminds Tara to go back to the one in control and be calm and quiet in Him, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Mrs. Audrey Garbers

 

Librarian and Computer Instructor

Audrey Lapacz Garbers was born and grew up in Green Bay, Wis.  After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin--Madison and received a double degree in Retailing and Secondary Education in Home Economics in 1972.  She then worked in retailing at Gimbels in both Milwaukee and Madison, before marrying Randy Garbers in 1975 and moving to the family farm, which Randy has been farming since his high school days.  She became the Librarian at Christ - St. Johns Lutheran School in 1985  when her two children, Ben and Jennifer, attended school at Christ-St. Johns.....and has enjoyed every minute since then of helping the children find just the right books to read....and seeing their excitement when they find a favorite book.  She enjoys reading, sewing, garedining, scrapbooking and spending time with her 6 grandchildren.

 

Her favorite Bible passage is "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."

Psalm 23

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Mrs. Dona Baker

 

Food Service Cook 

Dona (Kastenschmidt) Baker was born and raised in the West Salem area a long time ago.  She attended Christ Lutheran Christian Day School from second grade through eighth grade.  She attended Luther High School and went on to Western Technical College receiving an associate degree as a medical secretary. She worked in the medical field for about 40 years working at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield and a small rural clinic in northern Wisconsin.  She has also worked for national transcription companies in Sterling, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia.  She has worn a few different hats at Christ-St. John's working as a surround care aid, the school custodian and the school "lunch lady." She enjoys walking, gardening, vacationing at the beach, and spending time with the grandkids. 

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Pastor Andrew Schultz

 

St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church Pastor and Catechism

Pastor Andrew Schultz grew up near Reedsburg, WI and met his wife, Vicki, when they were at a Lutheran High School in Prairie du Chien. They have been married since 1989. They first lived in Portland, Oregon where he was assigned from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary to start a Lutheran Church.  

 

He has served as Pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Barre Mills for the past 24 years. Pastor and Vicki have four children and now six grandchildren. All four of their children attended Christ-St. John's Lutheran School and Luther High School in Onalaska. He and Vicki are thankful for the Christian Education their children received.

He loves being outside fishing, hunting or just enjoying the outdoors. He also loves being with people and spending time with his family. He finds real joy in sharing the good news of Jesus with people in worship, the classroom, and any setting the Lord offers.

His favorite Bible verse is John 3:16 because it reminds him of the greatest blessing and comfort there is - Jesus. Because of God's love, he is reminded of the certainty of eternal life through believing in Jesus.

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Pastor Don Frelitz

 

Christ Ev. Lutheran Church Pastor and Catechism

Pastor Don Frelitz grew up in Chesaning, MI, a farming community in the middle of Michigan's lower peninsula. Together with his wife Amber, he has four children. Before serving in West Salem, Pastor Frelitz served churches in the Mishicot, WI area and in Union Grove, WI. He enjoys playing board games and video games, reading books and watching movies.

 

His favorite Bible passage is "For the wages of sin is death, but the undeserved gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 6:23

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Pastor Galen Riediger

 

Christ Ev. Lutheran Church Pastor

Pastor Galen Riediger grew up on a farm near Sacred Heart, MN. He attended Renville-Sacred Heart Public High School, Northwestern College in Watertown, WI and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. Pastor Riediger has served at Bethany Lutheran Church in Gibsonia, PA (1994-1999), St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Pickwick, MN (1999-2009) and here at Christ Lutheran since 2009.He and his wife, Sue, have been blessed with three children

 

His favorite Bible passage is "Christ also suffered once for sins in our place, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God."

1 Peter 3:18 "

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