• Kiah Bakken

    Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, & Early Childhood Director

    My name is Kiah Bakken and I have grown up in the Carver County area my whole life. I went to Trinity Lutheran for grade school, moved onto Mayer Lutheran for high school, and I finished up my final year at Concordia University Wisconsin for my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Special Education in May 2020.  I have been Called to St. John’s Lutheran School as the Early Childhood Director and Teacher. This means I will be the one teaching the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes! 

  • 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. 



    Becky Bernau is in her 4th 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 11 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!


    First & Second 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.


    Third & Fourth Grade

    Lori Schroeder is currently the 3rd & 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.

  • Jeff Angell, 

    Fifth & Sixth Homeroom, ELA & Social Studies

    Jeff is a husband, father, teacher, and performing artist. His goal in the classroom is to build a community of scholars and leaders that value and live the teachings of Christ: love, compassion, fellowship, discipline, and empathy. Through these and many other Christian traits, Jeff's engaging classrooms will foster and develop your student's unique gifts and prepare them to share it with the world.

    Jeff graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota and is currently writing his thesis at Hamline University to achieve his Masters of Arts in Teaching. Jeff's performing arts career includes stints at the Guthrie Theater, local television, community theatre, and a Midwest Emmy Award in 2012 for Best TV Host. Some of his favorite performances are from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatA View From the Bridge, and Brighton Beach Memoirs

    Jeff lives in Chaska with his wife Jen, and kids, Preston, Maren, Lucia, and Lenny, and is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Chaska. He loves family moments at home on Lake Bavaria, movies, music, museums, art, and his beloved Minnesota Gophers and Vikings. His favorite Bible verses, and the two that contribute to his teaching philosophy, are Titus 2:7 and Romans 12: 6-7. 

  • Emilee Gustin

    Athletic Director, Teacher

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  • Dan Young,

    Seventh & Eighth Grade, Science & PE

    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 classroom. 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 Math

    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!  

  • Vicar Josh Hoffman, 

    Director of Christian Education, Youth and Family Ministry

    7th grade Confirmation 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.

  • Katie Litzau,

    Director of Youth and Music Ministries

    Katie Litzau serves St. John's as our Director of Youth and Music Ministries. Her primary role within our school is to coordinate music opportunities. She directs our junior high choir, helps with music for the Christmas program, and is always willing to assist teachers with music for their classes.

    Katie received her bachelor's degree in Lay Ministry and Theology (specializing in Youth Ministry and Parish Teaching) from Concordia University-Wisconsin in 2010. Prior to serving at St. John's, Katie served in Menomonee Falls, WI (3 years) and Lester Prairie, MN (8 years). What she loves most about St. John's is the dedication to Christian education (both in the church and school) and the welcoming, family-like atmosphere that the members have! 

    When she is not at work, Katie and her husband Derek, like to take their dog (Leo) on walks, take adventures to try new things, and can often be found at local coffee shops! 

  • Sharon Jacobson, 

    Administrative Assistant

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  • Cherie Smith,


    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

  • 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. 

  • Anna Mussell,

    Health Coordinator

  • Josh Winter,


    Biography coming soon.

  • Terri Bentz,

    Lutheran Special Education Ministry

    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.

  • Jeannette Smith,

    Morning Extended Day Supervisor

  • Cindy Bosma, 

    PM Extended Day Supervisor