• JODY STENDER,

    PRESCHOOL

    Teaching is an absolute passion of Mrs. Jody! She is so excited to work with you and your child! 

    She is married to a wonderful husband, Mark. They have a son, Brant, whose passion is music, and a daughter, Rilie, who loves horses. Some hobbies that she enjoys are gardening, crossfit, yoga, and reading. Jody has lived in the Hamburg/NYA area her entire life. She went to Central High School and continued her education at Crown College. 

    Mrs. Jody absolutely loves children! It is her promise to you that every day your child will learn something. Some days they will bring it home in their hands, some days they will bring it home in their heads, and some days they will bring it home in their hearts.

  • ANN YOUNG,

    KINDERGARTEN

    Ann Young is a teacher at St. John’s Lutheran School. In this role, Ann is an educator of 5 and 6 year olds, teaching them about God and the world that He has made for us.  Ann is a qualified teacher and holds the B.A. in Education from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN.


    Ann is no stranger to Education having spent 41 years as an educator.

    Prior to starting teaching at St. John’s, Ann spent 6 years teaching Kindergarten at Central Lutheran School in St. Paul, MN and 12 years teaching Kindergarten and Preschool at Emanuel Lutheran School in Hamburg, MN.

    In her role at St. John’s, Ann has taught Kindergarten, Preschool, Classroom Music in grades 5-8, VBS, and Ann has been the Faculty Representative to the PTL where she has been responsible for helping with PTL activities such as the Harvest Party, Christmas Gift Bags for the Shut- ins, Christmas Decorating at Church, and The Chili Feed and Silent Auction.


    Ann has supervised clinical experiences of persons enrolled in teacher preparation programs by opening her classroom and sharing her expertise as a teacher with them.


    Drawing on many years experience in education, Ann is a member of the MN South District Continuing Education Committee where she helps teachers that hold a MN teaching license maintain their teaching licenses.


    Passionate about teaching and its possibilities, Ann helps plan activities for students in Pre-K through 2nd Grade and for children in the community that attend Vacation Bible School at St. John’s.


    To contact Ann please email at anny@sjsnya.org


  • RENEE BARTELS,

    FIRST GRADE

    My name is Renee Bartels and I’ve been blessed to be called as the first grade educator at St. John’s School.  Seeing young ones learn of their Savior’s love, sharing that love and putting together the basic blocks of education are highlights of my job!  I enjoy being part of wonderful team of Christian educators dedicated to serving their Lord as we educate young people for success in this world and for joy in the life to come.

  • Lisa Johnson, 

    Second Grade, K-8 Art, & Early Childhood Director

    Important things about me:

    • I love building relationships with students and parents

    • Positive caring attitude is very important to me

    • Faith and Family remain a focus in my day

    Facts:

    • I graduated Concordia University, St. Paul in 1998 with a BA in Elementary Education and an Art Minor

    • I have 3 children, Naomi who is a freshman at Mayer Lutheran High, Lukas who is in heaven, and Jayden who is a 5th Grader at St. John’s

    • I have had 15 years in Lutheran Education and enjoyed working closely with my husband of almost 16 years.  Ministry together is a joy for us.

    • In 2007, I returned to Concordia University to obtain my Pre-Primary and Kindergarten endorsement.

    • We enjoy living on an small farm with many animals like chickens, goats, and alpacas.

    • Art including knitting and crocheting are a hobbies of mine!

    Vision:

        My vision for St. John’s Lutheran is to connect with family to ensure success for their child/children who attend St. John’s.  This happens through parent contact in extended care or when they are present in the building. This also happens when time is given to each student in getting to know them personally.  


  • BECKY BERNAU,

    THIRD GRADE

    Becky Bernau is in her 3rd year of teaching at St. John’s. She also works with a variety of students before and after school who participate in Knowledge Bowl and Breakout EDU. Miss Bernau believes that all children are blessed with different talents and abilities and wants to help all students become successful both in and out of the classroom.


    Miss Bernau received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Concordia University Wisconsin and has been teaching for 10 years. She has also been trained in the Orton Gillingham approach to reading instruction, which is a multisensory, sequential approach to teaching students to read. This approach is beneficial for all students, but especially for students with dyslexia.


    In her spare time Miss Bernau enjoys being outdoors, running, and playing board games with family and friends. Prior to teaching at St. John’s Miss Bernau spent eight years teaching in Arkansas. She is excited to be back in Minnesota and living closer to family! She has loved being welcomed into the family atmosphere at St. John’s and has enjoyed getting to know the students, staff, and families. She looks forward to seeing how God continues to work in the lives of those in our school and community!

  • LORI SCHROEDER,

    FOURTH GRADE

    Lori Schroeder is currently the 4th grade teacher at St. John’s Lutheran School.  She loves spending her days with her students, learning and growing together. She especially loves sharing Jesus’ love with her students on a daily basis. Lori is a qualified teacher and has a B.A. in Education with a concentration in English from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.


    Lori has been teaching for 23 years. She has taught 4th, 6th, and 5-8 language at St. John’s for 5 years now. She taught 3rd grade at Redeemer in Wayzata before coming to St. John’s. She has also taught at Trinity in Waconia and St. James in Howard Lake.  


    During her call at St. John’s, she has enjoyed being involved with the chapel ministry and outreach programs, the walk-a-thon, planning Christmas programs and musicals, and many of the other events that make St. John’s a special place to serve.  


    Lori loves to be active and spend time in the outdoors. She especially loves to go four-wheeling with her husband in the mountains, hiking, fishing, and turkey hunting. She also loves reading, movie-going, and shopping with her girls.


    To contact Lori, please email her at loris@sjsnya.org.


  • Dan Young,

    Fifth & Sixth Grade

    Dan attended Concordia University in St. Paul MN where he graduated with a

    degree in Elementary Education, K – 12 Physical Education, and Coaching.

    After graduation he taught at Peace Lutheran School in Faribault, MN. The following year he taught at East St. Paul Lutheran School in St. Paul, MN. After that, he came to teach at St. John's where he has been a teacher for 34 years. Throughout his years at St. John's Mr. Young has taught different grade

    levels. He has spent many years in 5-8 grade classrooms and is now teaching 5th and 6th grade. Dan is the school's Athletic Director and coaches Girls Volleyball, and Girls and Boys Basketball in grades 5 - 8.


    Two people that inspired him to be a teacher and coach were his dad (who taught high school and college for many years) and his high school basketball and baseball coach Rev. Glen Baumann.


    In his free time, he enjoys going to and watching his former players play in high school and college. Seeing how they grow and mature after they leave St. John's brings joy to his heart. He enjoys when former students come back to school or church, and he is able to talk with them and find out what they are doing with their lives.


    Ann (his wife) and Dan enjoy going out to restaurants, movies, and theater productions. They have two children Timothy and Stephanie. Tim lives in Chaska, MN. He comes home on weekends and spends the weekend with them. Stephanie lives in Indianapolis, IN where she is an athletic trainer. She comes home to visit 2 or 3 times a year. 


    Dan also works on lawn irrigation systems. He can be contacted by email dany@sjsnya.org.

  • Scott Johnson,

    Principal, 7/8 HOMEROOM

    Mr. Scott Johnson is a teacher and principal who works with students, teachers, and parents to educate, equip, and encourage.


    Scott knows that God has called him into the Lutheran school ministry to help others learn, love lead, and live out their faith in Jesus.


    Scott has always admired those who go above and beyond in serving others.

    Scott is a trained teacher licensed in MN with over two decades of experience.

    Scott holds a BA and MA in Education from Concordia University - St.Paul.


    In his spare time, Scott enjoys working on the family’s hobby farm where he cares for alpacas, goats, chickens, cats, and dogs.

  • Pastor Josh Bernau,

    Eighth Grade Confirmation

    Pastor Josh serves as the senior pastor at St. John's and teaches our 8th grade confirmation program.  He is passionate about Lutheran Schools and is regularly a presence in the classrooms, lunchroom and after school activities.  Pastor Josh received his pastoral training from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO and has served St. John's since 2017.  He enjoys running, reading, camping and spending time with his wife Leah and their three kids (all who attend St. John's school).  If you want to get Pastor Josh off on a tangent, just ask him what podcast he's been listening to recently!  

  • Pastor Eric Hutchison, 

    7th Grade Confirmation

    Biography coming soon.


  • Josh Hoffman, 

    Director of Christian Education, Youth and Family Ministry

    5/6th grade Religion Teacher

    • What do you like to do in your spare time?

    I love spending time with my family. When the weather is nice, we are always outside playing sports or going on walks. 

    • What inspires you?

    I am inspired by the miraculous things people do on a daily basis. St. John's volunteers continue to inspire me with their dedication and love. 

    • How would you explain your Call to SJS? What emotional reasons?

    My call to St. John's is to be a resource and friend to the teachers and to be the guy kids like to see in their hallways. I love connecting with kids and sharing my love of Jesus with them. Kids always make my day. 

    • Who is a hero of yours? 

    My dad was a big hero of mine. My dad didn't like his job at all, but he loved the people he worked with. He challenged me to work a job that I truly love. I feel that is exactly what I get to do now.

    • What’s something quirky about you?

    I really don't like sweets. I don't have a sweet tooth BUT I love salt. Pretzels, peanuts, popcorn, anything with salt, I can't say no to.

  • Terri Bentz,

    Special Needs

    Terri Bentz is a specialized teacher placed at St. John’s through Lutheran Special Education Ministries. She works with students, parents, and staff of St. John’s to help students use their strengths to make the most of learning opportunities. This happens through individual, small group, and whole class instruction.


    Mrs. Bentz believes that each child is created uniquely by God and finds great joy in helping students grow and find success as learners.


    Terri has served Lutheran Schools in Hawaii, Illinois, and Minnesota. Her most recent full time classroom experience was in a multi-grade, inclusive classroom in inner city Minneapolis where she became familiar with Lutheran Special Education Ministries.


    Mrs. Bentz received her education degree from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota.


  • Helen Schrupp,

    Preschool/Pre-K Aide

    Helen is a preschool aide with St. John's Lutheran School. In this role, Helen assists the children with their education, supports and assists the teacher by helping however necessary. She loves the children by encouraging them and keeping them safe. 

  • Renee Panning,

    Office

    I am Renee Panning and a face you’ve seen and/or a voice you’ve heard around school for 30 + years.


    I began volunteering with the nursery program that was held in the gym for the years my children, Eric & Tyra, participated there and found I really liked working with the children!  I was hired at the school when my daughter was in first grade as their classroom aid. I went with them through fourth grade and then went back to PK/K and part-time office work. I’ve worked side by side with some of the teachers still here in the classroom & with all our new teachers as support in the office. I’m currently the office secretary/treasurer and serve as the principal’s and parents “go-to” person. I enjoy being able to work with parents and the children with questions and any assistance they may need.


    I’m so very grateful that the Lord guided and provided the opportunity for my positions at St John’s. I’ve gotten to know each & every child and with that, their families. Some of these parents also attended St John’s for their education so it’s wonderful to see their commitment in wanting the same Christian education as a priority for their children.


    It’s been so wonderful to see all the faces arriving back every fall and new ones that are just joining our school. I always look forward to seeing how they’ve grown & watching them grow further in their lives & in their faith.

    St. John’s School, working with parents, is an awesome school that strives to provide each child with tools that they will need in the future. I love that we can bring Christ into the classroom in prayer & lessons. Every child needs to know that not only do they matter, but that they are going to be loved at church and school as a one of God’s children as they are at home. We are all part of God’s beautiful family.

  • Cherie Smith,

    Cook

    Cherie Smith is the cook at St. John’s Lutheran School. As the cook, Cherie not only prepares and serves the meals daily, but she also plans the monthly menu and orders all the food for the meals. Cherie has been the cook at St. John’s, which participates in the Federal Lunch Program, since the Fall of 2015. Cherie is a big believer in providing healthy and well balanced meals to the students daily.


    Cherie is no stranger to being around youth. While living in Germany, she worked at a daycare center that provided care for 125 kids from ages 6 weeks to kindergarten for 3 ½ years.


    Cherie knows every student at St. John’s by name and enjoys seeing their smiling faces and hearing about what they are doing in their classrooms.


    In her free time, you can find Cherie attending her children’s sporting events or spending time at her parent’s farm.


    To contact Cherie please email her at cheries@sjsnya.org

  • Laurie Noennig,

    Health Coordinator

    Laurie has served St. John's School for a number of years. She helps to train teachers, make students feel better, and ensures that health records are up-to-date. It is a real blessing to have Laurie on staff to support those who attend St. John's. 

  • Josh Winter,

    Custodian

    Biography coming soon.

  • Marsha Mesenbring, 

    Extended Day Supervisor

    I serve as the early morning person with the Extended Care Program for families who need care for their children when their work schedules require a hand with before school child care.   By nature, I enjoy being an early riser, and it is a blessing for me to able to  greet the children who arrive before school begins. (The first child arrives at 6:00 AM!)   I want each of the children to feel how welcome they are and to  have a happy start to their day.   When the  school bell rings and the students are off to class the welcoming atmosphere  continues as the teachers and children at St John's are  very much a family.    I especially enjoy how the older children greet and include the younger students.  Grace, mercy, peace and caring are a part of everyday life here at St John's School! 

  • Leah Bernau, Director of Library Services

    Leah is the Librarian for St. John's School. In this role, she leads a team providing all aspects of the school library, including classroom library visits, library inventory, and volunteer coordination. Leah is a licensed teacher and holds an Elementary Education degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.