st. john's faculty

Teaching Our Children in the Way of the Lord


St. John's teachers are a vibrant, professional, dedicated group committed to providing excellence in education and ministry. The SJLS faculty has an average of 16 years teaching experience. Twenty-five have advanced degrees, and two teachers have earned National Board status. Twenty-eight staff members have earned their Lutheran Teacher Credential or colloquy.


Our teachers are involved in many activities, workshops, conferences, and professional organizations to continue to develop professionally. All teachers attend a district two-day conference, a regional in-service day, and one local in-service each year. Teachers also attend additional conferences that support their areas of teaching.

Teachers & specialty faculty


  • deanna barber 

    Librarian


    B.A. in Intercultural Studies - Biola University; Secondary Single Subject Teaching Credential, English - Bethany College; M.A. in Children’s Literature - Simmons College; Library Media Teacher Credential - CSULB


    genesis 16:13

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  • angie bender

    grade 8


    B.A. in Communications - CSUF; Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - Concordia University, Irvine; Commissioned Minister of Religion, LCMS; M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction - Concordia university, irvine (2/2018)


    Luke 10:27

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  • gretchen cariker

    kindergarten


    B.s. in Education


    Isaiah 55:12

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  • beth clark

    grade 4


    B.a. with a Concentration in English - Concordia University, Irvine; Teaching Credential - Concordia University, Irvine; Clear Teaching Credential - Concordia University, Irvine; BTSA Certified


    matthew 5:16

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  • julia clark

    grade 3


    B.A. in Sociology; M.ed. with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction; multiple subject teaching credential


    Isaiah 55:8-9

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  • Susie Codding

    art teacher

    grades 4-8


    B.A. in Design - UCLA


    Matthew 6:34

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  • Pam Cook

    Grade 1


    B.S. in Education; M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction


    Ephesians 2:8-9

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  • aaron debow

    grade 4


    B.a. in history; commissioned lutheran teaching ministry


    isaiah 40:31

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  • pilar demarest

    grade 1


    b.s. in social science - chapman university; Multiple Subject Clear

    Credential with CLAD - Cal State Fullerton


    Romans 12:12

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  • sara doyle

    grade 6


    B.a. in Liberal Studies; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; M.A. in School Counseling (june 2018) - Concordia university, irvine


    John 16:33

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  • kyle duport

    grade 5


    B.A. in Exercise and Sports Science; Lutheran Teaching Credential; K-8 Science Teaching Credential; K-12 Physical Education Teaching Credential


    Isaiah 40: 28-40

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  • karen einem

    grade 3


    B.s. in Elementary Education – Concordia, Seward; M.s. in Curriculum & Instruction – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Teaching Certificate


    Ephesians 2:8-10

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  • krista elliott

    grade 3


    B.M.E. in choral and

    instrumental music education; LUTHERAN TEACHER CREDENTIAL


    Jeremiah 29:11

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  • caitlyn forrest

    grade 7


    B.a. in Liberal Studies; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - Concordia University, irvine


    Romans 8:28

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  • sharon frydendall

    grade 7


    B.S. in Education with emphasis in Math; m.s. in educational computing; Lutheran Teaching Credential; CA Multi-Subject Teaching Credential, K-12 & Adult; e-learning instructional design (8/2017)


    ephesians 4:32

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  • skye gillingham

    grade 1


    B.s. in child development; M.S. in Literacy and Reading (May 2017); COMMISSIONED TEACHER credential - Cal State Fullerton; California Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (May 2017); Multiple Subject Credential; Multiple Subject with Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic


    psalms 34:4

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  • emily goins

    grade 4


    B.A. in Liberal Studies; multiple subject teaching credential - Christ College, concordia university, irvine


    Psalms 113

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  • sarah grack

    technology


    B.A. in Early Childhood education from Concordia University, Wisconsin; M.S. in Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction - Concordia University, Irvine


    Joshua 1:9

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  • megan guebert

    instrumental music


    b.a. in music education; M.M. in Clarinet Performance; Lutheran Teacher Certificate; California Teaching Credential in Music


    Matthew 6:34

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  • ken harrison

    grade 8


    B.A. in Exercise Sports Science and Secondary Education; m.ed - concordia university, irvine; Commissioned Lutheran Teacher (Lutheran Teaching Credential); California Teaching Credential


    Ephesians 2:8-10

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  • molly harrison

    kindergarten


    B.A. in elementary education; M.ed.;

    California teaching Credential; Colloquy


    Proverbs 3:5

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  • debra jarvis

    resource


    B.s. in Speech/Language Pathology – Early Childhood Education; m.s. in administration; Elementary Education and Special Education credential; Licensed Preschool Director; Doctoral level studies in Organizational Leadership


    Philippians 4:13

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  • keelie knego

    grade 5


    B.A. in Liberal Studies;

    M.A. in Curriculum and

    Instruction; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential


    Romans 5:8

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  • laura kruse

    grade 7


    b.a. in education and biology, health minor; m.a. in Education; National Board Certification: Early Adolescent Science; Multiple Subject Teaching License; Coaching License


    Revelations 2:10b

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  • cathy meier

    grade 2


    B.S. in Elementary education with a concentration in Special Education - Concordia University, irvine


    Phillippians 4:13

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  • nathan mercier

    grade 6

     

    b.a. in education; M.a. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction; commissioned minister of the gospel - concordia university, irvine; California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential


    Nahum 1:7

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  • christine miller

    physical education


    B.A. in Exercise Physiology; K-8 CA Credential, multiple subject with an emphasis in science and pe; Lutheran Commissioned Teacher  - Concordia University, irvine


    Proverbs 3: 5-6

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  • lauren morner

    grade 2


    B.A. in Liberal Studies with Emphasis in Child Development; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential


    Ephesians 2:8-10

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  • mary schirrmacher

    grade 5


    B.A.  Liberal Arts; CA Clear Credential; Lutheran Teacher Credential


    Romans 8: 28

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  • doug stone

    middle school

    Profesor de español


    b.s. in religious studies; M.a. in Teaching with emphasis in TESOL; california single subject credential (6/2019)


    Matthew 7:3

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  • yvette stuewe

    middle school

    science


    B.A. in History; m.a. in education (june 2018); Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; National Board Certification: Middle Childhood Generalist


    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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  • carrie Thobe

    art teacher

    grades k-3


    B.A. in Liberal Studies and Education with an Art minor; CA CLEAR MULTIPLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL


    isaiah 64:8

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  • katie todd

    grade 2


    B.a. in Psychology - Concordia University, Irvine; California Clear Credential


    Jeremiah 29:11-13

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  • garry unger

    resource specialist


    B.S. in Education - Concordia University, Nebraska; B.A. in Music - Concordia University, Nebraska; M.A. in Special Education - Azusa Pacific University; Lutheran Teachers Diploma - Concordia University, Nebraska; Commissioned Minister - Lutheran Church Missouri Synod


    Philippians 4:13

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  • stephanie a. 

    van blarcom

    grade 6


    B.A. in English Literature - San Francisco State University; M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction - Concordia University, Irvine; Clear California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential


    Ephesians 3:20-21

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  • stephanie L. 

    Van Blarcom (VB)

    grade 8


    B.A. in English and Secondary Education; Commissioned Lutheran Teaching Certificate - 

    Concordia University, irvine


    John 10:27-28

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  • linda warneke

    kindergarten


    b.s. in Education; M.A. in curriculum and instruction; lutheran teacher diploma


    Romans 12:12

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  • betsy wilson

    middle school

    math


    B.A. in Mathematics - UCSB; M.Ed. - UCSB; California Clear Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics


    Proverbs 3:5-6

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  • ray wyman jr.

    journalism


    B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations - California State University, Long Beach; 33 years, freelance writer and public relations consultant; Author


    1 Corinthians 13:13

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preschool faculty


  • Shirley Barillas

    preschool and junior kindergarten


    psalm 46:5

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  • Debbie Kant

    Junior kindergarten


    philippians 4:13

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  • edwina mallette

    pre-kindergarten


    romans 8:28

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  • bridget molle

    pre-kindergarten


    luke 19:10

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  • cheryl moore

    preschool


    matthew 19:14

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  • andrea odem

    preschool


    ephesians 4:2

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  • kendall reinitz

    pre-kindergarten teacher's aide


    proverbs 22:6

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  • eve romero

    pre-kindergarten teacher's aide


    matthew 6:34

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  • kelli kinley

    nutritionist and

    snack coordinator

     

    deuteronomy 4:9

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  • JAN NORTON

    AFTER SCHOOL

    CARE TEACHER

     

    PROVERBS 22:6

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