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
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Dreamcoat, A 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 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!
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Biography coming soon.
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.