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I am a Michigan native, growing up in Bay City, Michigan and attending St. Paul Lutheran School. I attended Western High School (home of the Warriors) and then received my first bachelor's degree in business management and marketing from Northwood University, Midland, MI. Upon graduation I attended Concordia University, Ann Arbor to receive my Lutheran teaching diploma. My master's degree in educational leadership was received from Eastern Michigan University and I received my doctorate in educational leadership from Indiana University. I began my teaching career in Muskegon, Michigan and after three years moved to Eastpointe, Michigan to teach 7th grade. I began my principalship at St. Peter's, Eastpointe in 1992 and in 2001 accepted a call to Immanuel, Seymour where I currently serve. My wife, Chris, teaches kindergarten at St. Paul Lutheran School in Columbus, IN and we are blessed with two boys, Adam and Evan. Adam is married and he and his wife, Erica, have two sons. Evan works at Eli Lilly and lives in Indianapolis. We are blessed to be a part of the fellowship at Immanuel church and school. Every day is a gift received and blessing to share. Dr. Behmlander
Kindergarten Teacher
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Hello! It is a joy for me to be a Kindergarten teacher at Immanuel. We have developed a wonderful program to help your child learn and grow academically, emotionally, socially and most importantly, spiritually. I believe that communication between parents and teachers creates successful children, so please reach out if you have questions or concerns. I have been a Lutheran School Teacher for 35 years and love teaching my students to read, write, work with numbers and most importantly to learn about Jesus. I have lived in Seymour for the last 21 years. My husband, Todd, and I have two grown sons, two daughters in law and three grandchildren!
First Grade Teacher
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Hi! I was born in Seymour, IN, attended school at Cortland Elementary, Shields Jr. High and Seymour High School. I earned a double major in Bible and Elementary Ed from Johnson Bible College (now Johnson University) in Knoxville, TN. After graduating, I moved to Fullerton, CA, to teach K-1st grades at Brea-Olinda Friends Christian School. After three years there, I moved to Eastside Christian School where I taught 1st & 2nd grades, taught after-school computer, & coached 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grade girls and boys basketball. In addition to those responsibilities, I, also, tutored, mentored teachers in computer software, & was involved in writing Bible curriculum. After 16 years in CA, I moved back to Indiana & have taught at St. Ambrose Catholic School (6-8) and ILS (7-8 Science)(1st & 2nd grades), as well as subbed in all the Seymour Schools. I am married to Cary, who is an engineer at Cummins and farms, and we have a son, Andrew (16), a sophomore at Trinity. I, also, have 2 step-daughters, Jackie (27) & Maddie(20) a sophomore at IUPUI. I love spending time with my family, biking, checking out classic cars, and playing/watching sports-especially basketball! I am thrilled & blessed to be teaching @ILS.
Resource Room Teacher
Hello! I am the Resource Room teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School. I graduated from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska. I received my Reading Specialist Master from Concordia. I am a certified Dyslexia Testing Specialist. I am also a Master Tutor for Dyslexia using the Barton Reading and Spelling Program. I am married to Pastor Philip Bloch and we have two sons who are attending college. We enjoy traveling together. I love to work with students and their families. It is a privilege to teach them about their Savior, Jesus Christ. It is encouraging to watch their growth through their years at ILS.
Director of Educational Technology, Computer Science Teacher
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Hello! I am Mrs. Brown. I am the Director of Educational Technology at ILS. I work with teachers on integrating technology into their curriculum and oversee our 1:1 laptop program. I am a graduate of Concordia University, Chicago with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a graduate of Concordia University, Wisconsin with a Master's in Educational Design and Technology. Before coming to ILS, I taught first and second grade and computers at St. Peter's Lutheran School in Eastpointe, MI. I have taught first grade, sixth grade, computers, and computer science at ILS. I am blessed with the opportunity to serve the families of ILS.
Third Grade Teacher
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Welcome to ILS! I am Sarah Bumbleburg, one of the two third grade teachers. I am beginning my 22ndt year in education. I received my Bachelor's degree in general education from Concordia University, River Forest. I earned my Master's Degree in Special Education from Butler University in 2004. I have taught both in the general education classroom and special education classrooms, with 17 years being in special education. My greatest passion is helping children who learn differently, as I believe that all children are capable of learning, they just need to receive the information in a different way. When I'm not in the classroom you can find me with my family playing board games, enjoying dinner out, or just making memories together. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Michael. We have three beautiful daughters, Addison, Gillian, and Haley.
Fifth Grade Teacher
Hello! I am excited to join the staff of Immanuel Lutheran School as a fifth-grade teacher. I started my professional life as a special education teacher in Indianapolis, and after a fifteen-year hiatus (during which I went to law school and worked as an attorney), I am back in the classroom. I am lucky to be married to an amazing man named Ryan, and God has blessed us with four wonderful children. I grew up in Jackson County, and my family lives in my childhood home.
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School Based Guidance Counselor
Seventh Grade Teacher, Junior High Science & Health
I'm Mrs. Dyer and I love ILS! I have been teaching full-time and part-time in Lutheran schools in various capacities for the past 15 years. I have been a part of ILS since 2001. My husband and I have 3 boys and as a family we enjoy traveling, the outdoors, reading, playing games and all things Disney. We have been very blessed to be part of God's ministry in Seymour through ILS.
First Grade Teacher
'Hello, I am Charlotte Elkins. I grew up in Bartholomew County. I attended White Creek Elementary, Columbus East High School, and Concordia, Ann Arbor. I received my Master's Degree from IU. My husband and I have 2 daughters. I enjoy reading and gardening.
Eighth Grade Teacher, Junior High Language Arts
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Hello! I'm Mrs. Franke, and I love teaching at Immanuel Lutheran School! I grew up in the Columbus area, attending St. John's White Creek Elementary School and Columbus North High School. I graduated from Concordia, River Forest, with a BA in K-12 Education, and from Indiana University with a MS in Language Education. I have my Reading Endorsement and am also certified to teach junior high Language Arts and Mathematics. My husband, Joe, and I are blessed with three children, Alex (and Heather), Emma (and Nick), and Anne (and Eli) and two grandchildren, William and Elta! We love living on our farm and attending Zion Lutheran Church. Athletics, reading, growing flowers, and playing with my grandchildren are my favorite hobbies. I've enjoyed teaching high school, fifth grade, preschool, and have been delighted to be a part of the Immanuel junior high staff since 2005. I teach English and Literature.
Fifth Grade Teacher
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Junior High Science
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Fourth Grade Teacher
I have been blessed to serve at Immanuel since 2002. Prior to coming to Seymour, my husband Glenn and I lived in Waco, TX and San Angelo, TX. In my years of teaching I have taught 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th grades, along with departmentalized classes to 3rd, 6th, 7th & 8th grades. I am honored to be able to serve the Lord at ILS.
Third Grade Teacher
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Hello, ILS students and family! My name is Mrs. Megan Keller. My husband, Paul and I live in Brownstown with our daughters, Emily, Olivia and Annie. Our oldest daughter, Alexis, serves as a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy and lives in San Diego, CA. In May 2022, I completed my Master of Science in Elementary Education at IU. I completed my Bachelor’s at NSU in Tahlequah, OK. This is my 3rd year at ILS and I am delighted to share my love of Christian education with my 3rd grade students!
No profile details for Mr. KieserMr. Kieser
Director of Maintenance
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Technology Teacher
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Art Teacher, Secretary
Second Grade Teacher
Hello there! My name is Mrs. Pyle and I teach 2nd grade. I was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. In 2014 I graduated from Concordia University Chicago. Before arriving to ILS, I taught 3rd and 4th grade in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This school year will be my tenth year teaching and my seventh year here at Immanuel. My husband, Nathan, and I have one son, Carsen. When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, running, and baking! Let’s have a great year!
Instrumental Music Director, Choral Music Director
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My name is Mr. Scheiderer and I am the Director of Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church & School. Please contact me if you have any questions.
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Choral Music Director
Eighth Grade Teacher, Junior High Language Arts & Assistant Principal
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I currently teach 8th grade literature, 7th grade English, 6th grade English, and an elective class. I also serve as assistant principal. One of my primary responsibilities is to oversee the Washington, D.C. trip. I am blessed to be able to spend my days serving Christ through teaching and interacting with students, teachers, and parents.
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Sixth Grade Teacher, Physical Education & Health
Seventh Grade Teacher, Junior High Social Studies
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I am currently in my 19th year in the teaching ministry at Immanuel. I teach religion to my homeroom as well as 6th & 7th grade social studies and 8th grade history / civics. I grew up in Detroit, Michigan and attended Mt. Calvary Lutheran grade school and Lutheran East high school there. Afterward, I attended Concordia - Ann Arbor (MI) studying social studies (major), history (minor), secondary education, and earned my Lutheran Teaching Diploma and BA in 1999. In 2006 I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with my Masters degree in Education (M.Ed.). I spent 10 years as a volunteer with the American Red Cross as a CPR/ First Aid / AED instructor. I am trained as an Emergency Responder (Medical First Responder) and volunteered working at local first aid stations at Oktoberfest, the County Fair, etc. I also served on a Disaster Action Team responding to local disasters such as floods, fires, storms, etc. and in getting emergency messages to military personnel. I currently play in the adult hand bell choir at Immanuel Lutheran Church and serve as vice chairperson on the Board of Evangelism. I enjoy riding my bike, reading, and volunteering. I live in Seymour with my wife Becky and dog Bella.
Kindergarten Teacher
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Hello! I am Jordan Spieker, Kindergarten teacher at ILS. Kindergarten is an exciting year for students and I enjoy diving into the curriculum with them, while we learn all about God's wonderful world and creation around us. A little about me - I am a graduate of Concordia University Chicago with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, along with my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. When I am not at school, you can find me spending time with my children, Haley and Landon. My husband, Mark, and I enjoy spending time with our family and taking Haley and Landon on new adventures. God's Blessings to you!
Fifth Grade Teacher
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Hi, I am Tracy Stam. I teach fifth grade at Immanuel. I am a Concordia Ann Arbor graduate with an Associate of Arts degree. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from IU, and completed my Master of Religion in 2003. I am married to Keith and have four children: Heidi, Heather, Eric, and Katie and nine grandchildren.
No profile details for Mrs. SterlingMrs. Sterling
Director of Nutrition Services
Fourth Grade Teacher
Greetings in Christ! I am currently teaching one of the fourth grade classes at Immanuel. I am actually an alumni of Immanuel. I have been teaching at Immanuel for 33 years now. I am married to Mike Tracey. I have two children: Jeremiah is a graduate of Ball State and a firefighter for the city of Columbus , and Caitlin is a graduate of Ball State University and works for Infosys in Indianapolis in the information systems department. Jeremiah is married to Kelly (Deppen) Tracey, and I have a granddaughter named Kinley Jo.
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Sixth Grade Teacher, Junior High Math
Second Grade Teacher
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Hello! My name is Mrs. Zaring. This will be my 10th year of teaching! I am so excited to start a new journey here at Immanuel. My husband Corey and I have 3 little boys, Charlie (6), Cooper (4), and Carter (6 months). I love to play/watch sports, read, and spend time with my family.

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